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.

45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

Program by Special Events: Friday, May 24, 2019


 

Special Event #1
Closed Meeting: Special Interest Group Leadership Training
Friday, May 24, 2019
12:30 PM–3:30 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Regency Ballroom B
Chair: Michael J. Dougher (University of New Mexico)
Presenting Authors:

ABAI is pleased to offer a Leadership Training Session for officers of ABAI Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for the purpose of providing strategies for guiding the growth of SIGs and providing services to members and constituents. This training is for SIG leaders only. Although the SIG training is free for up to three officers per SIG, registration is required. This event is closed; attendance is by invitation only.

Agenda

Opening Remarks

Mark Mattaini (ABAI President)

Encouraging Student Involvement in SIGs and SIG Activities

Kathryn Roose (ABAI Student Representative) and Jovonnie Esquierdo-Leal(ABAI Student Representative)

Organizing SIG-Related Presentations for the ABAI Annual Convention and Other Conferences

April Kisamore (Verbal Behavior SIG)

Effective Disseminationof Information and Research in SIGs’ Areas of Interest

Ashley Fiorilli (Dissemination of BA SIG)

 
 
Special Event #2
Closed Meeting: Affiliated Chapter Leadership Training
Friday, May 24, 2019
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Regency Ballroom A
Chair: Steven Woolf (Beacon ABA Services)
Presenting Authors:

ABAI is pleased to offer a Leadership Training Session for officers of ABAI affiliated chapters for the purpose of providing strategies for guiding the growth of chapters and providing services to members and constituents. Although this training is free for up to three officers per chapter, advanced registration is required and attendance is by invitation only.

Agenda

Opening Remarks
Michael Dougher (ABAI Past President), Steven Woolf (Outgoing Board Coordinator), and Michael Dorsey (Incoming Board Coordinator)

Aligning ABAI and State Chapter Policies/Procedures
Adel Najdowski (California ABA)

State Association Management Best Practices
Gordon Bourdon (Texas ABA)

 
 
Special Event #2A
Remembering Kurt Salzinger
Friday, May 24, 2019
6:00 PM–7:15 PM
Hyatt Regency East, Lobby Level, Plaza Ballroom AB
Chair: Marcus Jackson Marr (Georgia Tech)

Dr. Kurt Salzinger, who will receive this year’s highest SABA award, Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis, died tragically in November 2018. His award will be accepted by his wife of nearly 40 years, Dr. Deanna Chitayat, on Saturday, May 25, at the Opening Event and SABA Award Ceremony.

Kurt Salzinger was a major scholarly figure and academic leader not only in behavior analysis, but in the larger world of the natural sciences. His published work, some 14 books and 200 journal articles, encompassed a huge range of topics including behavioral genetics, psychopathology, verbal behavior, history of psychology, and many others. Reflecting such accomplishments, he was elected President of the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences as well as appointed as the Executive Director of Science for the American Psychological Association. He was also a past-president of ABAI and through his many roles continued to contribute to behavior analysis and beyond.

In recognition of his many achievements, gifts, and legacies, ABAI has arranged a remembrance event with some remarks by a few close colleagues: Andy Lattal, Jack Marr, Maria Malott, and Francis Mechner. Kurt’s wife Deanna and members of his family will also speak. Other attendees will also have the opportunity to speak in honor of his memory.

 
 
Special Event #7
New U.S. and Non-U.S. Degree Programs Interested in Accreditation Through the ABAI Accreditation Board
Friday, May 24, 2019
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Hyatt Regency East, Concourse Level, Michigan 1 A-C
Chair: Jenna Lynn Mrljak (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Presenting Authors:

This is an open meeting to disseminate information to programs interested in pursuing accreditation through the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

 
 
Special Event #8
Student Welcome Event
Friday, May 24, 2019
7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Regency Ballroom D
Chair: Kathryn M. Roose (University of Nevada, Reno)

The ABAI Student Committee will be hosting a Special Welcome Event for current and future student members. During this session, Student Committee Members will review useful information and distribute materials to help you make the make the best of your convention experience. From tips about how to put your best foot forward, to an overview of important events – your Student Committee has you covered. ABAI 2019 Student Survival Kits will be available to attendees on a first come first serve basis, so don’t be late!

 
 
Special Event #9
Student Trivia Night
Friday, May 24, 2019
8:30 PM–10:00 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Regency Ballroom D
Chair: Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal (University of Nevada, Reno)

Grab your friends and join the Student Committee for a fun night of trivia! Drop in at any time and join one or all rounds of trivia, hosted by leading researchers and academics in the field of behavior analysis. Test your knowledge about the ABAI organization, the field of behavior analysis, and the city of Chicago. Questions will range from easy to difficult and prizes will be delivered for winners of each team. Come mingle with other students and faculty and kick off the conference with a friendly game of trivia!

 
 
Special Event #10
International Reception
Friday, May 24, 2019
9:00 PM–10:30 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Ballroom Level, Regency Ballroom A-C
Chair: Per Holth (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)

All registrants are welcome to join us in celebrating the diversity of our membership and the world-wide dissemination of the science and practice of behavior analysis. A short presentation about international development in the field and ABAI global efforts will be followed by ample time to socialize with friends and colleagues from around the world.

 

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