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 Special Events: Sunday, May 29, 2022


Special Event #243
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Women in Behavior Science: Observations of Life Inside and Outside of the Academy: Surviving & Thriving
Sunday, May 29, 2022
11:00 AM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 156A
Area: CSS; Domain: Theory
Chair: Denise Ross (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
CE Instructor: Denise Ross, Ph.D.
Panelists: DENISE ROSS (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), ROCIO ROSALES (University of Massachusetts Lowell), ZUILMA GABRIELA SIGURDARDOTTIR (University of Iceland), TRACI CIHON (University of North Texas)

Women behavior scientists advance relevant and valuable perspectives on behavior analysis as a science and practice, perspectives that facilitate high quality training, mentoring, and civic engagement. Many scientists balance their pursuits of academic success with their roles and responsibilities as mothers and family members. However, cultural-level contingencies have not always recognized the contributions of women academicians, particularly when compared to their male colleagues. Yet the discipline has historically benefited from the contributions of many female scholars over the course of the decades. The purpose of this panel is to showcase the perspectives of prominent female behavior scientists who have held successful careers in academia and are contributors to the forthcoming ABAI book: Women in Behavior Science: Observations of Life Inside and Outside of the Academy. This panel is the second of three, focused on the mid-phase of one’s academic career and addressing topics such as promotions, transitions, and working as a female scientist in the global network.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior scientists (and particularly) women working in or working toward positions in academic settings.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe some of the challenges and successes experienced by the panelists, (2) describe at least one way in which these experiences have affected the panelists’ professional and personal development, and (3) identify one way in which the panelists have contributed to reframing cultural-level recognition regarding the contributions of female behavior scientists to behavior science and/or academia.
DENISE ROSS (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee)
ROCIO ROSALES (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
TRACI CIHON (University of North Texas)



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