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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #365
CE Offered: BACB
Activities and Activism for Cross-Cultural Dissemination of Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 25, 2015
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
204B (CC)
Area: CSE/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Robyn M. Catagnus, Ed.D.
Chair: Robyn M. Catagnus (Ball State University)
SAKURAKO SHERRY TANAKA (Mutlicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts)
KOZUE MATSUDA (Children Center)
ELIZABETH HUGHES FONG (Fielding Graduate University)

All behavior analysts should be passionate about the dissemination of behavioral science as a way of creating solutions to important social issues. Traditional methods of sharing scientific information include written documents such as journal articles, but this approach is often insufficient to reach culturally diverse and international groups. We must seek more active and engaged ways of reaching our audiences. Panel members will discuss their personal activities and activism toward creating connections between research, practice, and policy. Examples will include research and practice, sharing behavioral applications in other fields, providing free trainings, creating alternate pathways to BCBA certification, expanding access to supervision and services internationally, cross cultural connections, collaborating actively with groups hostile to behavior analysis, networking with community leaders, translating behavioral information, becoming involved in global initiatives at the World Health Organization and participating in the United Nations. Ideas from the literature will be discussed and audience members will be invited to share the ways they are advancing the science of human behavior. Audience members will leave with new ideas and motivation for sharing our science with multi-cultural populations to change our world.

Keyword(s): alternate pathways, dissemination, international, multi-cultural



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