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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.

43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Program by Special Events: Monday, May 29, 2017


 

Special Event #367
Tai Chi for Health and Relaxation
Monday, May 29, 2017
7:00 AM–7:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom H
Chair: Jill L. Basso (Desert Sage Tai Chi)

Tai Chi Chuan is a slow-moving, meditative exercise good for health, relaxation, and self-defense. Tai chi is known primarily for its health benefits and promote longevity. Participants will be introduced to tai chi postures and principles of the Yang Tai Chi form, meditation in movement and postures to enhance internal energy (qi) flow in the body. For a weekend full of sedentary activities and intellectual challenges, Tai Chi can assist with relaxation of the mind and body. Please wear loose and comfortable clothes.

 
 
Special Event #368
ABAI Business Meeting
Monday, May 29, 2017
7:00 AM–7:50 AM
Convention Center 301
Chair: M. Jackson Marr (President, Association for Behavior Analysis International)
RONNIE DETRICH (Practice Board Coordinator)
MARIA E. MALOTT (Chief Executive Officer, Association for Behavior Analysis International)
MARK A. MATTAINI (Program Board Coordinator)
M. CHRISTOPHER NEWLAND (Science Board Coordinator)
MICHAEL PERONE (Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board Coordinator)
ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Publications Board Coordinator)
WENDY DONLIN WASHINGTON (Membership Board Coordinator)
STEVEN WOOLF (Affiliated Chapters Board Coordinator)
Abstract:

This is an annual ABAI business meeting where the leadership of the association will provide an update of ongoing activities and major developments. Attendees will learn from ABAI's president the direction of the ABAI council and from ABAI's CEO the status of finances and administration. Attendees will also hear from the board coordinators including Science, Education, Practice, Program, Membership, Affiliated Chapters, and Publications.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Business Meeting
 
 
Special Event #512
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Presidential Address: Identity
Monday, May 29, 2017
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom (Plenary)
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Presidential Address
CE Instructor: M. Jackson Marr, Ph.D.
Chair: M. Jackson Marr (Georgia Tech)
 

Presidential Address: Identity

MICHAEL J. DOUGHER (University of New Mexico)
Dr. Michael J. Dougher is professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, which is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing the breadth and crosscurrents of teaching, research, and service in his distinguished career. Trained at the University of Illinois, Chicago as a clinical psychologist, his career exemplifies the scientist-practitioner model of that discipline. He has published widely on the analysis and treatment of such clinical problems as pain, depression, and addictive behavior. His research, however, has extended far beyond the traditional boundaries of clinical psychology. He has brought creative basic analyses of verbal behavior and stimulus equivalence to bear on the understanding of not only the origins of clinical syndromes, but also new possible lines of approaches to their treatment. These complementary analyses of basic and applied research earned him the APA Division 25 Don Hake Award. Along these same lines, it is telling to note that Dr. Dougher served concurrently on ABAI's Practice Board and as the experimental representative to its executive council. His record of service also includes terms as president of ABAI and APA's Division 25, and on numerous boards and task forces related to professional issues in psychology. On these boards and task forces, he consistently has been a strong, thoughtful, and diplomatic representative of a behavior analytic perspective.   These same adjectives characterize his editorial contributions to behavior analysis, as editor of The Behavior Analyst, associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and as a member of the editorial boards of six other journals. In addition, Dr. Dougher has provided equally exceptional service to his students and university. This mentor of 25 doctoral students has received several teaching awards, including being named the University of New Mexico Teacher of the Year in 1995. Prior to his present appointment, he served as the department's director of clinical training and also department chair, then associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences, then senior vice provost for Academic Affairs, and thereafter as the University of New Mexico’s vice president for research.
Abstract:

The word identity seems ubiquitous. It is a focus of contemporary social science, appears regularly in the media, and occurs increasingly often in everyday conversation, especially on college campuses and among the cultural cognoscenti. Typically, it is used as or paired with a descriptor - such as gender identity, ethnic identity, or identity crisis - and then offered as an explanation of some behavioral phenomena, including gender and ethnic differences, the results of presidential elections, and even B. F. Skinner’s enrollment in graduate school following his “dark year” as a fledging writer. While behavior analysts eschew such explanations, most people, including most behavioral and social scientists, are more interested in the temporally extended patterns of complex behavior subsumed by terms like identity than they are in the foci of much current behavior analytic research. Cogent behavioral accounts of identity and related phenomena are available, but typically garner little attention. Borrowing from these, a behavior analysis of identity is presented and then used to reflect on the identity of behavior analysis itself. If identity consists of patterns of behavior, it appears that our identity is changing. Within behavior analysis, the extraordinary success of the applied wing has overshadowed our identity as a basic behavioral science. Outside behavior analysis, our identity as a viable, comprehensive behavioral science has diminished. We appear to be having an identity crisis, and if it is important to retain our scientific identity, we need to address it.

Target Audience:

Pending

Learning Objectives: Pending
 
Keyword(s): Presidential Address
 
 
Special Event #519
ABAI Social
Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 PM–12:00 AM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom A
Chair: M. Jackson Marr (Georgia Tech)

Join your friends and colleagues for one last night of music, dancing, celebration and shenanigans! Silliness will be encouraged as we bring back the annual photo booth and costumes!

 

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