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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Invited Panel #205
CE Offered: BACB
SQAB Panel: Billy Baum: Contributions to the Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Behavior
Saturday, May 27, 2023
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 4
Area: SCI; Domain: Theory
Chair: Leonard Green (Washington University in St. Louis)
CE Instructor: Julian C. Leslie, Ph.D.
Panelists: SARAH COWIE (University of Auckland, New Zealand), JULIAN LESLIE (Ulster University), TIMOTHY A. SHAHAN (Utah State University), CARSTA SIMON (University of Agder, Norway)

This panel briefly describe the work of Dr. Billy Baum as they discuss how it has influenced their own work and perspectives on Behavior Analysis.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe at least one way in which Dr. Baum’s work contributed to the experimental analysis of behavior, (2) describe at least one way in which Baum’s work contributed to theoretical perspectives about applications of behavior analysis, and (3) describe how his contributions have been important for the work described by at least one of the panelists.
SARAH COWIE (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
JULIAN LESLIE (Ulster University)

I obtained my doctorate from Oxford University in 1974, supervised in part by Jock Millenson who had been trained in operant conditioning at Columbia University, New York.  Since then I have been in academic posts in Northern Ireland and have been a full professor since 1986. I published textbooks on behaviour analysis from 1979 to 2002, and some of these remain in print. As well as teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses, I  have  successfully supervised 50 students  who  have  obtained PhDs  in fields including, experimental analysis of behaviour, applied behaviour analysis, psychopharmacology, behavioural neuroscience, experimental psychology, applied psychology. Three PhD’s were concerned with behavioural strategies to address environmental issues. In 1977 I was co-founder of the group, Behaviour Analysis in Ireland which became a chapter of ABAI. In 2004, the group became the Division of Behaviour Analysis of the Psychological Society of Ireland, and I was the Division chair from 2009 to 2020. I organised the Third European Meeting for the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour in Dublin, Ireland 1999, and have co-organised 15 annual conferences of the Division of Behaviour Analysis from 2007 to 2023. I was on the program committee for the ABAI 11th International conference, Dublin 2022.   In 2014, I was awarded a Doctorate of Science by Ulster University for career research on the experimental analysis of behaviour.  In 2018 I was appointed as a  Fellow, Association for Behavior Analysis International.  From 2014 to 2023, I have given a series of papers on conceptual issues in behaviour analysis (including behavioural accounts of consciousness and the metaphysical basis of behaviour analysis). Recent empirical work is mostly on the application of behavior analysis in mainstream education.  

TIMOTHY A. SHAHAN (Utah State University)

Dr. Shahan received his Ph.D. in Psychology from West Virginia University in 1998. He was a postdoc at the University of Vermont, and then a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire. He was the recipient of the 2006 B.F. Skinner Young Researcher Award and the 2023 Distinguished Contribution to Basic Behavior Analysis Award, both from Division 25 of APA. He is presently a Professor in the Psychology Department at Utah State University. Dr. Shahan’s research focuses on fundamental processes in learning, adaptation, and behavioral regulation with an emphasis on development, testing, and translation of quantitative theories of operant behavior. Much of his research has used animal models to examine how reinforcement and reinforcement-related stimuli contribute to attention, decision making, persistence, and relapse. His research has been supported for more than 20 years by various institutes at NIH including NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, and NICHD. Dr. Shahan is a Fellow of ABAI and has served as an Associate Editor and Guest Editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, president of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, and chair of the Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology study section at NIH. 

CARSTA SIMON (University of Agder, Norway)
Carsta Simon is full professor at the University of Agder (Norway). She holds a Ph.D. degree in Behavior Analysis and a master's degree with distinction in Psychology. She is alumna of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In her empirical and conceptual work, she investigates what qualifies as meaningful behavioral units of analysis. She aims at understanding how behavior is selected by its effects on the organism’s environment in ontogeny and in phylogeny, how an organism's behavior shapes the environment, and the interplay between the two. Dr. Simon’s experimental work focuses on the molar dynamics of verbal behavior in conversations. She aims at contributing to an interdisciplinary integration of behavior analysis, behavioral ecology, and evolutionary theory. She co-organizes an open access zoom-based journal club on the Philosophy of Behavior Analysis and teaches university courses on a plethora of topics in English, the Scandinavian languages, and German.



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