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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Invited Tutorial #180
CE Offered: BACB
10 Things Every Behavior Analyst Should Know About Behavior Analysis and Entrepreneurship
Sunday, May 24, 2015
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
203AB (CC)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson, Ph.D.
Chair: Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson (Florida Institute of Technology)
Presenting Authors: : JOSHUA K. PRITCHARD (Florida Institute of Technology)

While each entrepreneur's experience differs from the next, there are some broad strokes that can be used to paint a successful venture. Just as withclinical endeavors, data are king. This tutorial will provide the audience with an example of how behavior analytic principles (OBM) were used to found and grow Lodestone Academy, a private school in Florida that serves consumers who exhibit severe behavioral issues. In addition to an examination of organizational data, a discussion of the trials and tribulations of Lodestone will provide "life lessons" to audience members with suggestions to facilitate a smooth entrepreneurial journey. In addition to the example of Lodestone Academy, Dr. Pritchard will describe some other entrepreneurial ventures and the lessons learned from each. This tutorial will conclude with a few recommended directions that a new entrepreneur could explore which would allow for both personal success and a broadened impact of behavior analysis on society.

JOSHUA K. PRITCHARD (Florida Institute of Technology)
Dr. Joshua K. Pritchard earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno. He is a BCBA-D (Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate). He is currently a full-time assistant professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, program manager of the hybrid master's program and currently serves as the president of Association for Science in Autism Treatment and on several board of editors of scientific behavioral journals. He has provided behavioral services, assessments, and consultation for school settings, residential settings, in-home, and in-center for more than a decade. He also has experience consulting with a variety of agencies across the country and internationally using his experience in applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management. He owns two companies: JKP Analysts, LLC, and Lodestone Academy, founded in 2006 and 2013, respectively. His research in OBM has examined nurse and doctor behavior in hospitals in Jordan and ethical implications of work in a Nevada brothel.
Keyword(s): entrepreneurship



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