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 Special Events: Saturday, May 29, 2021


Special Event #68
CE Offered: BACB
International Task Force on Education in Behavior Science and Application
Saturday, May 29, 2021
11:00 AM–12:50 PM EDT
Domain: Theory
Chair: Peter R. Killeen (Arizona State University)
CE Instructor: Peter R. Killeen, Ph.D.
Panelists: JENNA MRLJAK (Association for Behavior Analysis International), SMITA AWASTHI (Behavior Momentum India), KANAKO OTSUI (Kindai University), INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo Metropolitan University/ OsloMet)

The ABAI International Task Force on Education was formed in 2020. It includes representatives from ten countries. The goal of the task force is to develop a model of education that can meet the needs of constituents around the world. The task force generated a model of education that has been reviewed and supported by the ABAI Accreditation and VCS Boards, and the ABAI Executive Council. Constituents from India, Japan, and Norway will provide an update on the on the task force’s progress. We welcome attendance of all those interested in this effort.

JENNA MRLJAK (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
SMITA AWASTHI (Behavior Momentum India)
KANAKO OTSUI (Kindai University)
INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo Metropolitan University/ OsloMet)
Special Event #179
Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: Remembrances of Jack Michael
Saturday, May 29, 2021
7:00 PM–8:30 PM EDT
Chair: Henry D. Schlinger (California State University, LA), Mark L. Sundberg (Sundberg and Associates)
TEODORO AYLLON (Behavioral Consultant), JON S. BAILEY (Florida State University), CARL D. CHENEY (Utah State University), JOHN H. MABRY (Retired), GRAYSON OSBORNE (Utah State University (ret))

Jack Michael’s influence on the field of behavior analysis was profound. His refinement and extension of several of our basic concepts and principles (e.g., establishing operations, positive and negative reinforcement, automatic reinforcement, verbal behavior) has greatly advanced our understanding of human behavior. However, Jack’s legacy may be most obvious in the numerous students he taught over the years, many of whom have had distinguished careers as researchers, practitioners, and teachers in their own right. Each has made significant contributions to behavior analysis, thus extending Jack’s legacy even further. Six of Jack’s students from his early days of teaching will offer comments and insights regarding Jack. Following their remarks, audience members will be allowed to provide very brief remarks about Jack.




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