Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Invited Panel #51
CE Offered: BACB
Promoting Sustainable Culture Through Behavior Analytic Theory and Practice
Saturday, May 23, 2015
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
203AB (CC)
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Angela Sanguinetti (University of California, Irvine)
CE Instructor: Angela Sanguinetti, Ph.D.
Panelists: SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas), ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute), ROBERT GILMAN (Context Institute)

This panel composed of experts in cultural analysis invites you to engage with them in a discussion on the timely and critical topic of promoting sustainable cultures. Three speakers will bring profound and innovative insights pertaining to both theoretical grappling with and applied undertaking of the behavioral change initiatives required to build a more sustainable society. With their macro perspectives and breadth and diversity of expertise, these panelists can identify high leverage strategies for some of the most socially relevant behaviors in the realms of education, therapy, organizational behavior, community interventions, and basic research. Specific discussion points may include the compatibility and complementarity of the speakers' respective theories regarding cultural analysis; the current status of behavior analytic conceptual frameworks of cultural analysis, their relevance in promoting sustainability, and identification of important areas of continued development; and how applied behavior analysts can promote positive cultural change in various realms of practice where the relevance to sustainability is often overlooked.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, practitioners, and graduate students.

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming
SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
Dr. Sigrid Glenn's passionate commitment to the future of behavior analysis has resulted in numerous contributions to her chosen field. She has co-authored four books and more than 45 articles and book chapters. Although her early research was mainly in applied areas, she is widely recognized for her later conceptual work on selection at behavioral and cultural levels. As founding chair of the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas, Dr. Glenn established master's and bachelor's degree programs in behavior analysis, leading the faculty in the first accreditation of a graduate program by ABAI. With characteristic prescience about important developments in the field, Dr. Glenn, a charter certificant of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), also led the faculty in developing the first Internet sequence of behavior analysis courses approved by the BACB. Dr. Glenn has served as editor of The Behavior Analyst and on the editorial boards of several other journals. She is a former president of ABAI (1993-1994), a fellow of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, and Regents Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas.
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute)
Anthony Biglan, Ph.D. is a senior scientist at Oregon Research Institute and the co-director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium. He has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. His work has included studies of the risk and protective factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; high-risk sexual behavior; and antisocial behavior. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use both through school-based programs and community-wide interventions. And, he has evaluated interventions to prevent high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure. In recent years, his work has shifted to more comprehensive interventions that have the potential to prevent the entire range of child and adolescent problems. He and colleagues at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences published a book summarizing the epidemiology, cost, etiology, prevention, and treatment of youth with multiple problems (Biglan et al., 2004). He is a former president of the Society for Prevention Research. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, which recently released its report documenting numerous evidence-based preventive interventions that can prevent multiple problems. As a member of Oregon's Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, he has helped to develop a strategic plan for implementing comprehensive evidence-based interventions throughout Oregon.
ROBERT GILMAN (Context Institute)
Dr. Robert C. Gilman, Ph.D., is president of the Context Institute and founding editor of IN CONTEXT, A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture. He received his bachelor's degree in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Princeton University in 1969. He taught and did research at the University of Minnesota, the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and served as a Research Associate at NASA's Institute for Space Studies. In the mid-1970s, he turned his attention to the study of global sustainability, futures research and strategies for positive cultural change. His ongoing work draws on all the phases of his life as he works toward a humane and sustainable future.
Keyword(s): sustainability



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