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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

Program by Business Meetings: Sunday, May 29, 2022


Business Meeting #368
Speech Pathology Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) Special Interest Group Annual Business Meeting and Grant Award Presentation
Sunday, May 29, 2022
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 103
Chair: Nikia Dower (Dower and Associates, Inc.)
Presenting Authors:
The Speech Pathology Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) Special Interest Group business meeting is open to anyone interested in promoting a behavioral approach to the analysis and treatment of speech and language disorders. Admission is free and membership in the SIG is not required in order to attend. The meeting will consist of member reports on SIG mission-related activities and invited presentations of professional interest to attendees. An abstract of each of the SPABA award winner's submissions for the Giri Hegde Student Research Grant award, the Barb Esch Application Award, and the Nikia Dower Dissemination Award will be provided at this meeting. Financial awards will be provided to the recipients during the meeting. The SPABA business meeting will also include information on SPABA's social/networking component to encourage interaction and discussion among SIG members, new members, and interested attendees. Please feel free to join us and bring your friends. To further support the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group, please consider formally joining and donating to the SIG by registering online at
Keyword(s): interprofessional collaboration, speech-language pathology, speech-language therapy, verbal behavior
Business Meeting #369
Student Committee Business Meeting
Sunday, May 29, 2022
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 102A
Chair: Rita Olla (University of Nevada, Reno)
Presenting Authors:
ABAI student members constitute a significant portion of the Association's total membership. The ABAI Student Committee's mission is to provide organizational support for all ABAI student members in order to promote participation in ABAI, as well as professional growth, and to enable members to contribute to the science of behavior analysis. The Student Committee business meeting will facilitate conversations concerning student issues, their involvement, and how we can better serve students with respect to their professional development. This business meeting will also serve to update students on current activities and recruit students interested in serving on the Executive Council or other Student Subcommittees (e.g., academic engagement, events, and outreach).
Business Meeting #371
Rehabilitation and Independent Living Special Interest Group Business Meeting
Sunday, May 29, 2022
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 104A
Chair: Megan R. Heinicke (California State University, Sacramento)
Presenting Authors:
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 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.
Keyword(s): Brain Injury, Neurorehabilitation, Rehabilitation
Business Meeting #372
Update: Strategic Plan Group
Sunday, May 29, 2022
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 152
Chair: Susan M. Schneider (Western Michigan University)
Presenting Authors:
Despite years of dissemination effort on our part, a National Medal of Science for Skinner, and impressive generality, replication, and application, 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. Indeed, we helped bring Alan Kazdin to ABAI in 2020. This meeting will provide an update on progress, and further discussion on how to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and dissemination. Andy Lattal and Ray Pitts will co-chair.
Keyword(s): dissemination, interdisciplinary, strategic plan
Business Meeting #373
Behavior Analysis Programs Interested in ABAI Recognition: Accreditation, Tiered Model, and VCS
Sunday, May 29, 2022
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 102B
Chair: Jenna Mrljak (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Presenting Authors:
This is an open meeting to disseminate information to new programs seeking initial recognition and established programs seeking further recognition such as moving from a VCS to accreditation.
Keyword(s): Accreditation, Education, University training, VCS
Business Meeting #374
ABAI Licensing Committee
Sunday, May 29, 2022
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 151A/B
Chair: Gordon Bourland (Trinity Behavioral Associates)
Presenting Authors:
The business meeting of the ABAI Licensing Committee provides an opportunity for ABAI members to learn of the activities of the Licensing Committee in the past year, learn of resources and assistance to chapters available to ABAI affiliated chapters and to ABAI members, and to interact with Committee members regarding issues related to behavior analyst licensure and professional credentialing in general.
Business Meeting #375
Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS)
Sunday, May 29, 2022
7:00 PM–7:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153A
Chair: Julia H. Fiebig (Ball State University; AGI)
Presenting Authors:
The behavior analysis for sustainable societies (BASS) special interest group was formed to advance applications of behavior analysis to environmental issues that contribute to the development of solutions to climate change, pollution, overconsumption of resources, and imbalances in environmental sustainability. Objectives include to (a) encourage and support research that promotes the application of behavior analysis to green/environmental issues, (b) collaborate with environmental scientists, environmental groups, and other SIGs within ABAI who have an interest in addressing behavior change and sustainability/environmental issues, (c) disseminate research and practices that support solutions to environmental issues through the application of behavioral interventions, (d) develop curriculum, textbooks, and additional educational resources that address sustainability and the application of behavior analysis, (e) compile resources for individuals interested in behavior change and environmental issues, and (f) develop an information base of current effective practices/initiatives, government policies, and employment for behavior analysts interested in behavior change and environmental issues. The business meeting is open to anyone interested in sustainability and environmental issues
Keyword(s): climate change, sustainability



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