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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Panel #138
CE Offered: BACB
Development of a Framework to Promote Research Opportunities and Collaboration With Internal and External Stakeholders in an Applied Behavioral Analytical Organization
Saturday, May 29, 2021
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Paula Kenyon, Ph.D.
Chair: Shannon Luoma (California State University, Sacramento; Kadiant)

Within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), it is widely accepted that evidence-based practice (EBP), or the integration of the best available evidence with clinical expertise, client values, and context (Slocum et al., 2014) should be guiding principle in clinical decision making. However, there continues to be a research-to-practice gap in which practitioners are not readily implementing the most up to date evidence-based practices. In order to promote evidence-based practices within clinical settings, clinicians should have readily available access to literature and should be exposed and encouraged to participate in research opportunities. The current panel aims to discuss the conceptualization and implementation of a research framework developed within an organization, with the aim of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to move the field of ABA forward by reviewing, conducting, and publishing innovated research. The panel will review the evolution of a steering and sub-committees (i.e., manuscript, conference, literature, proposal, and research review), and the development of a research manual, workflows, and related forms.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Introductory understanding on the systematic application of ABA principles to conduct research. Introductory understanding on processes (e.g., literature reviews, proposals, Internal Review Boards) related to conducting ABA-based research and treatment evaluations.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define evidence-based practice, (2) discuss the research to practice gaps, and (3) describe a potential research framework to encourage and promote research within an applied setting.
Keyword(s): Evidence-based practice, Research



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