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 Professional Development Series Events: Sunday, May 24, 2020


Panel #240
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: The Joys (and Perils) of Writing: How to Prepare a Manuscript for Publication
Sunday, May 24, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Archives
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal, Ph.D.
Chair: Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal (University of Nevada, Reno)
RUTH REHFELDT (Southern Illinois University)
MITCH FRYLING (California State University, Los Angeles)
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University)

Preparing a manuscript for publication starts before you have actually engaged in the behavior of writing. You must determine whether your research has contributed something new and interesting as well as what audience might be interested in learning about it. Putting our hypotheses, methodology, and results on paper in a carefully constructed way is not an easy task and requires adequate training. Those who are new to this process—and anyone else for that matter—often find publishing to be an intimidating and daunting task. Thus, the publication process is approached with apprehension and wariness. Our goal is to reduce apprehension and build confidence by providing tips and advice on how to write and submit a manuscript for publication. A panel of experts will cover topics that range from the type of manuscript to submit and how to structure that manuscript to preparing a cover sheet for submission. Topics and questions will be solicited from ABAI members in advance, and time will be allocated for in-person questions.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Publication, Publishing, Writing
Panel #289
PDS: Professional Perspectives: Essential Questions in Graduate School for Professional Preparation in ABA
Sunday, May 24, 2020
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Independence D
Area: TBA/DEV; Domain: Translational
Chair: Bradley Ray Tiefenthaler (Montana State University Billings, Family Outreach, Inc. )
ELLIE KAZEMI (California State University, Northridge)
CHERYL A. YOUNG-PELTON (Montana State University in Billings)
JACKIE MOHLER (Family Outreach)

Too many students graduate without being fully prepared to handle their professional responsibilities. Instead of focusing on meaningful and transcendent topics (i.e., archetypal themes, conflicts, and resolutions), we tend to focus on immediate requirements and measurements (i.e., rubrics, grade points, credits, etc.). We read our books, write our papers, and take our tests to satisfy rubric requirements, pass our classes, and ultimately graduate; but we don’t normally transcend the material and focus on the conflicts we will face in the future. This Professional Development Series asks those questions, engages these topics, and focuses on the most important conflicts within the field of ABA from three professional perspectives – an ABA practitioner, researcher, and professor – to better prepare students for professional responsibilities. Please, join the conversation!

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Conflicts, Perspectives, Questions
Panel #341A
PDS: Business Leaders in ABA
Sunday, May 24, 2020
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty M
Area: OBM/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Megan Miller, Ph.D.
Chair: Tangchen Li (The Ohio State University; DolFun Academy)
MEGAN MILLER (#dobetter Pod)
MARY SAWYER (Fit Learning Atlanta)
DAVID BICARD (Great Leaps Learning Center)

The rapidly growing field of ABA offers a wide range of occupational opportunities for behavior analysts. One potential opportunity is operating a business that provides ABA services. In this panel discussion, three successful business owners who provide behavioral services will share their experiences and advice for starting and running a business that delivers ABA-based services. The three panelists are Dr. Mary Sawyer, Co-owner and Director of Fit Learning Atlanta and Founding Director of TEAM Coaching, LLC; Dr. Megan Miller, Co-Founder of Navigation Behavioral Consulting, former CEO of PEAK ABA Solutions, and Founder of the Do Better Professional Development Movement; and Dr. David Bicard, CEO of Great Leaps Learning Center. The three panelists will be address topics such as starting and maintaining a business, training and coaching staff, overcoming obstacles, and dealing with potential ethical issues. This is a 50 minutes Q&A panel discussion, in which you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions about the three different types of business in our ABA world.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

The target audience will be behavior analysts, undergraduates, and parents who want to know more about how to start and operating business that provides ABA services.

Learning Objectives: N/A
Keyword(s): ABA Business, Ethical Compliance, OBM, Staff Coaching



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