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

Program by Professional Development Series Events: Sunday, May 28, 2023


Panel #150
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: Building Your Productive Writing Repertoire: Tips and Strategies for Graduate Students
Sunday, May 28, 2023
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center 403/404
Area: EDC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Tara A. Fahmie, Ph.D.
Chair: Molly Mattes (Western Michigan Universtiy )
TARA A. FAHMIE (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
FLORENCE D. DIGENNARO REED (University of Kansas)
MICHAEL P. KRANAK (Oakland University)

A vital part of becoming a successful graduate student and professional is the ability to be a productive and efficient writer. Writing is hard, however, and students often need support developing strategies that lead to productive writing. This professional development series panel brings together leaders in the field who are historically productive writers. Panelists will share their success stories, hardships, strategies related to productive academic writing, and answer audience questions.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Graduate Students (Master and Doctoral Level) and BCBA or BCBA-D Level Professionals who engage in academic writing

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to (1) Identify at least two strategies they can use to improve the efficiency or productivity of their writing; (2) Explain at least one way that they can begin, or continue to, track their writing progress using quantitative measures; (3) Identify and discuss at least two behavior-analytic principles that relate to productive and efficient writing.
Keyword(s): Career Development, Graduate Students, Professional Development, Writing Strategies
Panel #218
PDS: Tips from OBM Experts on Building your OBM Competency
Sunday, May 28, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall A-C
Area: OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Sandra Alex Ruby (University of Kansas)
NICOLE GRAVINA (University of Florida)
SHANNON BIAGI (Chief Motivating Officers)
ABIGAIL BLACKMAN (Behavior Science Technology)

A growing number of students and Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) are interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) but do not know where to start. OBM is the application of behavioral principles to the workplace to improve employee performance and business outcomes. Although students and BCBAs are familiar with clinical assessment and treatment, assessments (e.g., Performance Diagnostic Checklist, process mapping) and interventions (e.g., task clarification, feedback, systems re-design) used in OBM differ from those in schools or clinics. Thus, BCBAs working in schools or clinical settings lack the skills necessary to function as competent OBM practitioners. Additionally, many individuals do not have a strategy for systematically obtaining learning opportunities. Therefore, the purpose of this Professional Development Series panel is to bring OBM experts together to describe how interested parties can expand their scope of practice to include aspects of OBM.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): OBM, Organizational Behavior, Practice Scope, Professional Development



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