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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

Program by Noteworthy Activities: Monday, May 31, 2021


Noteworthy Activity #408A
Exhibit Hours
Monday, May 31, 2021
11:00 AM–4:00 PM EDT

Visit dozens of exhibitors in the virtual exhibit hall!

Noteworthy Activity #424A
ABA Billing Codes Commission Networking Event
Monday, May 31, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
BRYCE MILER (Trumpet Behavioral Health), TERESA A. COOK-GUERCIO (Washington University School of Medicine), JULIE KORNACK (Center for Autism and Related Disorders), JAMES T CRAIG (Behavioral Health Center of Excellence), HOLLIE BENINCOSA (QABA Board), STEPHEN GILLASPY (American Psychological Association)

The ABA Billing Codes Commission is pleased to host a networking event to answer audience questions related to billing, Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs), provision of ABA service using telehealth, and other related inquiries. Attendees are invited to join this event to ask questions, meet the members, and learn more about the mission of the ABA Billing Codes Commission to facilitate evidence-based applied behavior analysis by advancing the multi-disciplinary understanding, dissemination, and standardization of the adaptive behavior CPT® billing codes.

Noteworthy Activity #424B
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Anthony DeFulio
Monday, May 31, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
ANTHONY DEFULIO (Western Michigan University)

Dr. Anthony DeFulio, Ph.D., BCBA-D is hosting a meet and greet event in advance of his Monday afternoon presentation, “Disseminating Behavioral Intervention for Drug Abuse Across the USA: A Behavior Analysis Story.” This discussion will prioritize issues related to drug abuse, with a special emphasis on behavior analytic intervention (e.g., contingency management). However, due to the integral role of technology in the implementation and dissemination of behavior analytic drug abuse interventions, Dr. DeFulio will also be happy to discuss matters pertaining to digital implementation of behavior analytic interventions, and dissemination efforts more broadly. According to the interests of the attendees, discussion may include:

  • Addiction
  • Opioids and stimulant drugs
  • Drug abuse treatment
  • Contingency management
  • Incentive-based interventions
  • Token economies
  • Intervention dissemination efforts
  • Digital behavioral health interventions
Noteworthy Activity #424C
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Peter Gerhardt
Monday, May 31, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT

Obtaining instructional or stimulus control with young learners on the autism spectrum is critically important, just as it is with learners without any disability label. And just as it is with adolescents and adults without any disability label, the “source” of instructional or stimulus control needs, to the greatest extent possible, to transfer from the behavior analyst to the individual and his or her environment. This session will provide a brief overview of this issue followed by the opportunity for discussion with those in attendance. Topics associated with this “transfer of control” include, but are not limited to, behavior analytic intervention, instruction, or support in areas such as:

  • Personal safety
  • Healthcare transition
  • Sexuality
  • Self-management
  • Social inclusion
  • Leisure
  • Advocacy
Noteworthy Activity #424D
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Brian Greer
Monday, May 31, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
BRIAN D. GREER (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

This event will be an informal discussion of quantitative theories and their application to the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Other topics may include translational research more broadly, as well as how one might pursue a career in translational science.

Noteworthy Activity #424E
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
Monday, May 31, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
JESUS ROSALES-RUIZ (University of North Texas)

This Meet & Greet session will allow us to discuss the topics that are presented in my lecture, “Analyzing Behavior-Environment Interactions: Why Movement Cycles Matter.” You can ask follow-up questions that you have after listening to the lecture. In addition, as time allows, we can discuss other related topics, such as shaping, poisoned cues, and the constructional approach.

Noteworthy Activity #424F
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Mark Bouton
Monday, May 31, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
MARK E. BOUTON (University of Vermont)

This meet and greet is scheduled to follow Mark Bouton’s Skinner lecture “Learning to Stop Responding.” Topics for discussion might include: the role of context in operant learning and in behavior change generally; the many types of cues that can constitute “context;” how we can prevent lapse and relapse after stopping a behavior or behavior change; ideas about goal-directed and habitual forms of operant behavior.

Noteworthy Activity #424G
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Mapy Chavez Askins
Monday, May 31, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT

Historically, there has been a lack of awareness in Latin America regarding information about the real concept, validity, and benefits of Applied Behavior Analysis not only for children with autism but for the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in general. For over a decade Dr. Chavez Askins has been successfully disseminating Applied Behavior Analysis in Peru, and other Latin American countries through evidence-based teaching, services, and research. This session will give the audience the opportunity to ask and share information in regard to:

  • the implementation of services with children with autism, their families, and professionals interested in the field
  • changes achieved and that still can be worked on in Latin America towards awareness and services in regard to applied behavior analysis
  • narriers encountered
  • the solutions that were sought
  • vision for the future of the applied behavior analysis field in Latin America



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