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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Program by Business Meetings: Monday, May 25, 2020


Business Meeting #611
Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence F-H
Chair: Jodie Soracco (UNR, Nevada PBIS TA Center)
Presenting Authors:
The Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group (PBS-SIG) is dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase the quality of life and decrease problem behaviors. The PBS-SIG’s goal is to create awareness of how behavior analytic principles are applied in PBS activities and promote the use of PBS interventions in schools, communities, agencies and in homes and support practitioners in its use. The mission of this SIG is to: promote and disseminate positive behavior support within ABAI (Association for Behavior Analysis International), ensure PBS is aligned with the science of behavior, increase the number and visibility of PBS presentations at the ABAI conference, disseminate accurate information about PBS to ABAI’s membership, promote methodologically sound, data-based PBS research and to encourage open dialogue among behavior analysts and proponents of PBS. The PBS-SIG members are those engaged in experimental and applied analyses of behavior who are interested in positive behavior support.
Keyword(s): MTSS, PBIS, PBS
Business Meeting #612
Education and Treatment of Children Editorial Board Meeting
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence A-C
Chair: Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University)
Presenting Authors:
This is an open meeting for anyone interested in the journal, Education and Treatment of Children. Editorial board members, as well as potential authors and potential board members, are encouraged to attend. We will deliver the editorial report for the journal. Please come and join the discussion!
Keyword(s): board meeting, editorial board, ETC
Business Meeting #613
Behavior Analysis in Military and Veteran Affairs
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M1, University of D.C. / Catholic University
Chair: Abigail B. Calkin (Calkin Consulting Center)
Presenting Authors:
The Military and Veterans SIG is devoted to the application of behavior analysis to military service members' and veterans’ issues. This is a group whose emphasis concerns veterans of all wars. Governments have been concerned about the number of veterans suffering from brain or spinal injuries, post-traumatic stress, suicidal issues, lack of access to social services, and addiction problems related to their active duty service. The SIG approaches these issues from the perspective of public events, inner (or private) events, and verbal behavior while looking at each of these areas in which behavior analysis has developed effective treatments. This SIG promotes awareness of these issues and facilitates the research and practice of applied behavior analysis with this population.
Keyword(s): military, veterans
Business Meeting #614
History of Behavior Analysis SIG
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence E
Chair: Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas)
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The purpose of this meeting is to address the SIG's aim, mission, objectives, and purview by proposing and voting on by-laws. The by-laws will establish positions, policies, and procedures for the SIG's governance and its succession (e.g., an Executive Council, Treasurer, Secretary) and committees with chairs for the SIG's activities (e.g., an awards program, bibliographies, communications, syllabus bank; identifying and creating archives; membership and website committees). ABAI and SIG members interested in election to the SIG's governance and service on its committees should attend (or inform the SIG president prior to the meeting of their interests). Our aim is to advance behavior analysis nationally and internationally through its history and historiography. Our mission is to cultivate and nurture, enrich and improve, and disseminate the field’s history and historiography. Our objectives are to enhance teaching -- course content and pedagogy; research—presentations, publications, and workshops; and service -- leadership, governance, and communications. Our purview is the field’s long past, short history, and recent origins. Our audience includes behavior analysts, other scientists and humanists, and the public at large.

Business Meeting #615
Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group Business Meeting
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M1, Georgetown
Chair: Gretchen A. Dittrich (Simmons University)
Presenting Authors:
The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG) focuses on the application of behavior analytic methodology to the prevention and treatment of behaviors associated with chronic illness and disease, and the promotion of behaviors associated with improved health and treatment adherence. The role of behavior analysis is important in the field of behavioral medicine. It is the mission of the SIG to encourage interdisciplinary research in the areas of behavioral health promotion, emphasizing the need for function-based and empirically validated treatments for chronic health disorders. The Behavioral Medicine SIG offers students, researchers, practitioners, and consumers opportunities to discuss issues related to public health promotion and disease prevention. All are welcome to join the Behavioral Medicine SIG. We hope that the SIG will help consumers and practitioners better understand the role of behavior analysis in the field of behavioral medicine, and provide an outlet for discussions of current and developing research within the field. The annual business meeting is open to all conference attendees interested in behavioral health and medicine. The meeting will be conducted to discuss various administrative matters relevant to the Behavioral Medicine SIG. In addition, during the business meeting, the Behavioral Medicine Student Research Award winner will be announced and receive their award.
Keyword(s): Behavioral Health, Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology
Business Meeting #616
Ethics SIG: Special Interest Group for Behavior Analysts Interested in Ethics
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence D
Chair: Ann B Beirne (Proud Moments)
Presenting Authors:
In this meeting we will address progress on this year's goals as well as goals fro the coming year.
Keyword(s): ethics
Business Meeting #617
Diversity submission Culture and Diversity SIG Meeting
Monday, May 25, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty I-L
Chair: Elizabeth Hughes Fong (Saint Joseph's University)
Presenting Authors:

Annual meeting of the Culture and Diversity SIG.

Keyword(s): culture, diversity, multicultural



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