Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Invited Paper Session #306
CE Offered: BACB
Translational OBM Research and Its Relevance for Practice
Sunday, May 30, 2021
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Byron J. Wine (The Faison Center)
CE Instructor: Florence DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: FLORENCE DIGENNARO REED (University of Kansas)

The roles of basic and applied research have been the subject of much discussion in behavior analysis in recent years (e.g., Sidman, 2011). One view contends that innovation is possible through a translational research paradigm that synthesizes “basic and applied questions, literatures, and methods” (Mace & Critchfield, 2010, p. 293). This presentation will use Pasteur’s quadrant as a backdrop to describe the infrastructure of an OBM research laboratory designed to span the continuum of basic-to-applied research. To showcase the value of translational OBM research and its relevance for practice, data from use-inspired basic and applied research will be shared.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

scientists, researchers, graduate students, OBM practitioners

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define translational research; (2) describe the role of translational research in scientific discovery and addressing socially important problems in the workplace; (3) discuss results of studies using a translational research approach to inform practice issues.
FLORENCE DIGENNARO REED (University of Kansas)

Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed, a board certified behavior analyst, received a doctorate in school psychology from Syracuse University. She also completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Child Development and a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation and the May Center for Child Development. Presently, Florence is an Associate Professor in and Chairperson of the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas where she directs the Performance Management Laboratory. Her research examines effective and efficient staff training and performance improvement practices. Florence has published nearly 90 articles and book chapters and two edited books on a variety of topics including training, performance management, assessment, and intervention. Moreover, she has been an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Behavior Analysis in Practice.




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