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; Online; 2020

Program by Business Meetings: Sunday, May 24, 2020


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Business Meeting #288
CANCELED: Rehabilitation and Independent Living Special Interest Group Business Meeting
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM EDT
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Chair: Megan R. Heinicke (California State University, Sacramento)

The Rehabilitation and Independent Living (R.a.I.L.) Special Interest Group has continued to support the need for expanding the impact of behavior analysis in the field of rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, and related areas. Through presentations at the ABAI conference and SIG business meeting, the R.a.I.L. SIG helps to maintain dissemination, communication, and collaboration of information that has proven to be of interest to its members. Visit the page to check it out and join/like, the URL is http://www.facebook.com/pages/ABA-Rehab-Special-Interest-Group/118243448217580. Rehabilitation, and specifically neurorehabilitation, professionals face unique behavior challenges with the population they serve. When individuals have experienced a disruption in neurological function whether from a traumatic brain injury (i.e., impact and/or inertial injuries), non-traumatic brain injury (e.g., stroke, anoxia/hypoxia) or other neurological conditions, it is not uncommon for difficult behaviors and unique skills deficits to emerge. Most allied health professionals, including physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and nurses, do not focus on behavior remediation; however, in collaboration with behavior analysts, such professionals can have a significant role in positive behavior change. Issues related to training, student development, and research have been and will be reviewed at the SIG meeting. We welcome participants from all treatment disciplines and behavior analysts that currently work in the field of rehabilitation or have interests in populations outside of autism.

 
 
Business Meeting #289
Diversity submission Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (BFSR) Business Meeting
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM EDT
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Chair: Sarah M. Richling (Auburn University)

BFSR is the oldest SIG in ABAI. BFSR members engage in theoretical, conceptual, and empirical analyses of significant social issues related sustainability, economic and social justice, violence, health and wellness, political systems, culture, among others. In the business meeting, the BFSR planners will report on our active projects, including (a) the Matrix Project which is oriented toward increasing preparation and opportunities for behavior analysts to engage in work related to major social issues, (b) international outreach, (c) social media presence, (d) education initiatives, and (e) sustainability initiatives. Discussion of opportunities for participation will follow these brief reports.

 
 
Business Meeting #290
How the Association for Science in Autism Treatment Supports the Important Work of Behavior Analysts
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM EDT
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Chair: David A. Celiberti (Association for Science in Autism Treatment)

A business meeting will be held to provide a forum for networking, to outline the Association for Science and Autism Treatment (ASAT)’s current goals and objectives, and to discuss collaboration opportunities between ASAT and ABAI members. As there is not a shared commitment to empirical validation, research, and data-based decision making amongst providers within the autism community, ASAT strives to be an important resource for individuals with autism, family members, professionals, and paraprofessionals interested in reliable, science-based and accurate information about autism and its treatments. Founded in 1998, the mission of the ASAT is to promote safe, effective, science-based treatments for individuals with autism by disseminating accurate, timely, and scientifically-sound information; advocating for the use of scientific methods to guide treatment; and, combating unsubstantiated, inaccurate and false information about autism and its treatment. For more information please visit ASAT's website at www.asatonline.org. To receive Science in Autism Treatment, ASAT's free online publication, subscribe at www.asatonline.org/newsletter/ All interested individuals are encouraged to attend this meeting.

 
 
Business Meeting #291
Update: A Strategic Plan for Reintegrating Behavior Analysis Principles
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM EDT
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Chair: Susan M. Schneider (Root Solutions)
Despite years of dissemination effort on our part, a National Medal of Science for Skinner, and impressive generality, replication, and application, operant and Pavlovian learning principles still frequently get ignored in mainstream psychology, minimized or misrepresented in texts, and only spottily incorporated into relevant related disciplines. In 2018, a group of behavior analysts created a list of action items toward a strategic plan for the integration/reintegration of these principles into mainstream psychology and underrepresented interdisciplinary areas - taking advantage of high-profile supporters in those areas, among other methods. This meeting will provide an update on progress, and further discussion on how to overcome the many barriers. We hope to choose several action items on which to focus, and develop working groups to follow up on them. We will build on suggestions from Alan Kazdin's panel discussion Sunday morning. Andy Lattal and Ray Pitts will co-chair.
 
 
Business Meeting #292
Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM EDT
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Chair: April N. Kisamore (Hunter College)
The Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VB SIG) is affiliated with ABAI and is dedicated to the study of language acquisition. The VB SIG is led by a group of professionals within the field of applied behavior analysis, all of whom approach the study of verbal behavior from a Skinnerian perspective as established by B. F. Skinner's (1957) publication of Verbal Behavior. This organization was established to a) support and encourage research efforts to improve our understanding of verbal behavior, b) support practice-based issues in utilizing the analysis of verbal behavior, c) support undergraduate and graduate instruction of Skinner's (1957) Verbal Behavior, d) communicate with other organizations making use of Skinner's Verbal Behavior, and e) disseminate information regarding a behavioral approach to studying language.
 
 
Business Meeting #293
Clinical Special Interest Group
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM EDT
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Chair: Thomas J. Waltz (Eastern Michigan University)
This is the special interest group for those who have an interest in clinical applications of behavior analysis. Clinical behavior analysts work in both research and applied settings applying behavior analytic principles to just about any situation that may involve psychological distress. This is our annual meeting to discuss how to promote our work at ABAI and beyond. Members have the opportunity to network and discuss their areas of interest and work, training opportunities, research projects, conceptual struggles and developments, and plan activities for next year’s convention. The Clinical SIG is also working for ideas on how to disseminate program updates from graduate programs and faculty that provide training in Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) to a broader audience. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about this exciting area of behavior analysis.
 
 
Business Meeting #294
Open Educational Resources (OER) Special Interest Group
Sunday, May 24, 2020
7:00 PM–7:50 PM EDT
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Chair: Veronica J. Howard (University of Alaska Anchorage)

The mission of the Open Educational Resources (OER) SIG is to provide information about quality open or low-cost educational, training, and research resources as well as to provide a forum for those creating OERs to collaborate on new projects, reduce individual workload involved in creating and managing OERs, and recruit reinforcement for works produced outside of for-profit publication venues. Join us to learn about plans for the upcoming year and to learn how to get involved.

 

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