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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Invited Tutorial #236
CE Offered: BACB
Incorporating Virtual Reality Into Behavior Analysis: Innovation and Interdisciplinary Opportunity
Sunday, May 28, 2023
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Paula Ribeiro Kenyon, Ph.D.
Chair: Paula Kenyon (Northeastern University and Grupo Método)
Presenting Authors: : CASEY CLAY (Children's Hospital of Orange County)

Several industries are leveraging virtual reality (VR) training to teach a variety of skills. These trainings have been shown to be efficacious, offer cost savings, and offer the potential for more efficient and replicable training. Behavior analysts have expertise in crafting effective learning programs making this area ripe for interdisciplinary collaboration. One example of an effective behavior analytic training procedure is Behavioral Skills Training (BST) involving written and verbal instructions, modeling of the skill, rehearsal of the skill, and feedback on the performance. This training, like other trainings in related fields, typically involves extensive in vivo experience in which trainees and trainers are exposed to risk (e.g., bodily harm to trainer, trainee, and client; and errors in teaching performance). Including BST in a virtual reality (VR) context involving virtual experiences in which training experiences are difficult to be recreated or put an individual at risk may be an effective training method and ameliorates challenges. The purpose of the current presentation is to outline and describe how virtual reality is currently being used across industries and within behavior analysis to guide and train a range of individuals. Furthermore, a case example including data on VR training on behavior assessment and intervention will be provided and discussed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Scientist practitioners

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify novel and effective uses of VR in ABA; (2) Plan for and identify opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration to incorporate virtual reality into their research and practice (3) Describe how skills training can be accomplished via the use of technology including virtual reality
CASEY CLAY (Children's Hospital of Orange County)
Casey Clay received his PhD at Utah State University in 2015. He was previously a post-doctoral fellow and an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri and served as a clinical director at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. He is currently the Director of Behavior Clinics at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in California. Dr. Clay is a former President of the Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis. He is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Modification, Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. Dr. Clay’s research interests include assessment and treatment of problem behavior, assessment of non-traditional preferred and competing stimuli, and methods to efficiently and effectively train challenging behavior assessment and intervention practices. Dr. Clay has been involved in the use of fully immersive virtual reality training for assessment and intervention for use in educational and other settings. Dr. Clay is an author of the forthcoming 7th edition of Behavior Analysis and Learning textbook.



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