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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.

44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

Program by Special Events: Sunday, May 27, 2018


Special Event #179
ABAI Program Board Meeting
Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:00 AM–7:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Cortez Hill A-C
Chair: Federico Sanabria (Arizona State University)
Abstract: A meeting of board members to discuss the annual convention program.
Keyword(s): ABAI Program, Program Committee
AAB Applied Animal Behavior
Susan D. Kapla (Northern Michigan University), VALERI FARMER-DOUGAN (Illinois State University)
AUT Autism
NICOLE HEAL (Melmark New England), Thomas S. Higbee (Utah State University), Tiffany Kodak (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
BPN Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience
MATTHEW W. JOHNSON (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Carla H. Lagorio (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
CBM Clinical, Family, Behavioral Medicine
Jeannie A. Golden (East Carolina University), Amy Murrell (University of North Texas)
CSS Community, Social, and Sustainability Issues
TODD A. WARD (bSci21 Media, LLC), Thomas G. Szabo (Florida Institute of Technology)
DDA Developmental Disabilities
ERIC BOELTER (Seattle Children's Autism Center), Kelly M. Schieltz (The University of Missouri)
DEV Human Development
R. DOUGLAS GREER (Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), Jessica Singer-Dudek (Teachers College, Columbia University)
EAB Experimental Analysis of Behavior
ERIC S. MURPHY (University of Alaska Anchorage), Elizabeth Kyonka (University of New England, Australia)
EDC Education
Scott P. Ardoin (University of Georgia), Robin Codding (University of Massachusetts Boston)
OBM Organizational Behavior Management
JULIE M. SLOWIAK (University of Minnesota Duluth), Doug Johnson (Western Michigan University)
PCH Philosophical, Conceptual, and HistoricalIssues
DARLENE E. CRONE-TODD (Salem State University), David C. Palmer (Smith College)
PRA Practice
JOHN M. GUERCIO (Benchmark Human Services), Robert K. Ross (Beacon ABA Services)
SCI Science
DEREK D. REED (The University of Kansas)
TBA Teaching Behavior Analysis
Amoy Kito Hugh-Pennie (The Harbour School-Hong Kong), GABRIELLE T. LEE (Chongqing Normal University)
VRB Verbal Behavior
JUDAH B. AXE (Simmons College), Einar T. Ingvarsson (Virginia Institute of Autism)
Special Event #179A
Fun Run With the Health, Sport, and Fitness SIG
Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:00 AM–7:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Main Lobby
Chair: Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres (Behavior Basics LLC)
Join the Health, Sport, and Fitness SIG for a fun 3-5 mile run on Sunday, May 27. We will meet in the lobby of the Hyatt and head out for anywhere from 3 to 5 miles (less is welcome too!). Let us know if you can join on our Facebook event ( or email We'll split up in pace and distance groups and head out the Hyatt's red Embarcadero route. All paces welcome. Run/walk and strollers welcome as well!
Special Event #364
New US and Non-US Program Accreditation Through the ABAI Accreditation Board
Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F
Chair: Jenna Lynn Mrljak (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
This is an open meeting to disseminate information to programs interested in pursuing accreditation through the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
Special Event #381
Friends of SABA Reunion
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom AB
Chair: Marcus Jackson Marr (Georgia Tech)
ABAI members who donated to the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) in 2016 and 2017 are invited to a reception in honor of their contributions and commitment to the field. We are grateful for the generosity of those who support the activities of ABAI and SABA.
Special Event #385
Perspectives on Behavior Science Launch Party!
Sunday, May 27, 2018
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Mission Beach A-C
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
Join hosts Don Hantula, Tom Critchfield, and Erin Rasmussen to celebrate ABAI's newest and oldest journal, Perspectives on Behavior Science. The journal formerly known as The Behavior Analyst is rebranded with a new mission and focus. Perspectives on Behavior Science is ABAI's flagship journal and will feature the best on theory and methodology papers in the field.



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