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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Poster Session #82
PCH Saturday Poster Session: Odd-Numbered Posters
Saturday, May 28, 2022
1:00 PM–2:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Sherry L. Serdikoff (Savannah State University)
37. Quantifying Research Impact of Faculty in Behavior Analysis Programs via the h-index
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
MATTHEW SPANN (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), John C. Borrero (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Discussant: Sherry L. Serdikoff (Savannah State University)
Abstract: The h-index is a measure of scholarly impact (Hirsch, 2005) and is defined as the largest number h, such that an individual has published at least h works that have each been cited as least h times. The larger the value, the more impactful one’s research. We sought to determine the mean value of the h-index, by academic rank (e.g., assistant professors, associate professors), for faculty of record associated with behavior analysis programs in the United States. We began with ABAI-accredited programs and expanded to include other programs. For this study, we used two popular databases, Google Scholar and ResearchGate. Scores from Google Scholar were calculated using software known as Harzing’s Publish or Perish whereas h-index scores from ResearchGate were determined by reviewing scores provided on their website. h-index scores from each database are compared and presented by academic rank, and results are interpreted with an eye for effective dissemination for the field of applied behavior analysis.
39. Systematic Literature Reviews in Applied Behavior Analysis: A Brief How to
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
RACHAEL SCHNEIDER (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Brittany Beaver (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Jane Goodman Tammik (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Tyler Ré (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Discussant: Sherry L. Serdikoff (Savannah State University)
Abstract: Systematic Literature Reviews (SLRs) are important in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in order to synthesize information on particular topics to evaluate if the strategy meets criteria for evidence-based practice. Experimental studies can be lengthy and include technical language and jargon that may impact a reader’s ability to comprehend the strategy fully and then apply the strategy in practice. SLRs can be used for summarizing literature on a particular topic, and suggesting potential future directions of research; thus providing readers an overview of a particular topic. This poster will talk about strategies for conducting SLRs in ABA. Lessons learned and strategies will be shared from other fields for completing all parts of the SLR, including the introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Best practices in regards to completing SLRs will be shared and strategies for publishing and presenting SLRs will be included.
41. The Irish Society for Behaviour Analysis: History & Future Planning in the Professional Regulatory Context of Ireland.
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
BRIAN FENNELL (Queen's University Belfast), Alan Leo Tennyson (Brothers of Charity), Laura Skelly (University of Ulster - MSC Applied Behaviour Analysis), David Scannell (Trinity College Dublin), Saskia Dodebier (Psychology Society of Ireland - Division of Behaviour Analysis ), Catherine Wells (Trinity College Dublin)
Discussant: Sherry L. Serdikoff (Savannah State University)
Abstract: Ireland's vibrant ABA community has historically lacked statutory regulation as a profession. As in other European countries, the Behaviour Analytic community in Ireland coalesced under the minimum practice standards and ethical framework provided by the Behaviour Analysts Certification Board (BACB). The announcement by the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board in December 2019 to cease international certification brought our profession's lack of statutory regulation into sharp focus. In this presentation we will provide an account of the formation of the Irish Society for Behaviour Analysis and recent developments in the professional structures for Behaviour Analysis. Before placing these developments in the historical context of ABA in Ireland, we will describe the policy and statutory environment in which Irish Behaviour Analysts are working and how this presents both opportunities and risks. Finally we will place the development of Irish ABA in the broader European context and describe our hopes for ABA on the island of Ireland in the coming years. We will make the case for the development of European ethical and practice standards, while simultaneously addressing professional recognition at a national level.



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