|Special Interest Groups
|Saturday, May 27, 2017
|8:00 PM–10:00 PM
|Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D
|117. ABAI Crime and Delinquency Special Interest Group
|W. JOSEPH WYATT (Marshall University), Kelly McElrath (St. Joseph's University)
|Abstract: The SIG:s Mission: To ensure that those in the criminal justice fields have access to appropriate, evidence-based behavior analytic therapy to reduce crime and delinquency. SIG members have testified on behavioral intervention to reduce crime. Behavioral interventions can reduce crime by approximately 13-20% (Redondo-Illescas, Snchez-Meca, & Garrido-Genovs, 2001). Behavioral interventions can reduce prison misconduct (French & Gendreau, 2006).
|118. ABAI Health, Sports and Fitness Special Interest Group
|GABRIELLE TRAPENBERG TORRES (Behavior Basics LLC)
|Abstract: The mission of the Health, Sports & Fitness Special Interest Group (SIG) is to bring together and support behavior analysts with personal and/or professional interests in the areas of health, sports and fitness (HSF). The Health, Sports & Fitness SIG’s current activities and goals are (1) to bring together increasing numbers of behavior analysts with professional and/or personal interest in the areas of health, sports, and fitness, (2) to highlight behavioral research and application in the areas of health, sports and fitness, (3) to expand current methods of communicating with SIG members and other interested parties, (4) to provide incentives and support to student members conducting research in these areas, and (5) to provide activities and events that will strengthen collaborative efforts among members. Current members participate in research and practice in the areas of health and wellness training with individuals with and without disabilities, sports training and workplace wellness. SIG members have the opportunity to network for practice and research purposes, as well as learning ways to become more involved in the areas of health, sports and fitness as behavior analysts.
|119. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group
|KATHRYN L. KALAFUT (Antioch College), Lindsay Renee Mehrkam (Oregon State University)
|Abstract: The Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (AAB SIG) brings together individuals who specialize in or who have an interest in the application of behavior analysis to the appreciation, understanding, and management of animal behavior across species. The AAB SIG has three primary purposes: to (1) promote behavior analytic research and the exchange of scientific information in the area of animal behavior; (2) advocate for and promote high standards in the application of methods and techniques of behavior change with animals in applied settings; and (3) support in the application of methods and techniques of behavior change of animals in applied settings. Membership of the AAB SIG is diverse and includes academicians, researchers, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines dedicated to, affiliated with, or interested in animal behavior in applied settings. All interested parties are welcome to attend
|120. Behavior Analysis and Technology Special Interest Group
|ZACHARY H. MORFORD (Koan School), Cody Morris (Western Michigan University ), Lisa M Stedman-Falls (University of Florida), Denice Rios (Western Michigan University), Melinda Sota (Freelance)
|Abstract: The behavior analysis and technology (BAT) SIG was formed to advance the science of behavior through the development, dissemination, and application of technology in basic and applied settings. Technology can refer to developments in behavioral science, as well as developments in computer science, information technology, and related fields. The organization will also serve as an outlet for open-source hardware and software technologies relevant to behavioral research and application. The goals of the BAT SIG are: 1) to serve as a scientific and professional reference and networking group for its members, 2) to disseminate information to inform its membership and promote its mission to a wider audience, and 3) to organize an annual meeting to provide a forum for discussion of the affairs of the SIG.
|121. Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies Special Interest Group
|JULIA H. FIEBIG (ABA Global Initiatives; Ball State University)
|Abstract: The Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group was established to advance applications of behavior analysis to environmental issues that contribute to the development of solutions to climate change, pollution, over-consumption of resources, imbalances of environmental sustainability. Information on BASS mission, events, membership, and other pertinent information will be presented in poster format.
|122. Behavioral Development Special Interest Group
|PATRICE MARIE MILLER (Salem State University)
|Abstract: Our DEV SIG promotes behavior analytic empirical and conceptual analyses of issues related to behavioral development, and it encourages examination of how methodological and theoretical positions outside behavior analysis approach these issues empirically and conceptually. These kinds of analyses have often dealt with many complex kinds of behavioral phenomena such as stimulus equivalence, relational frames, language, motivation, problem solving and autism, as well as normal and problematic behaviors and social interactions. In addition, our discussions have dealt with historical bases of behaviorism and behavior analysis as basic science and applied practice. The SIG has about 175 members, including faculty, students, and practitioners. Many are also members of other SIGs (e.g. autism, education) and are interested in our SIG's mission and Behavioral Development conference program and discussions. The presentation displays the activities of the Behavioral Development SIG and our plans for next year.
|123. Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group of ABAI
|GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons College)
|Abstract: The Behavioral Medicine SIG of ABA-I focuses on the application of behavior analytic methodology to the prevention and treatment of behaviors associated with chronic illness and disease, and the promotion of behaviors associated with improved health and treatment adherence. The role of behavior analysis is important in the field of behavioral medicine. It is the mission of the SIG to encourage interdisciplinary research in the areas of behavioral health promotion, emphasizing the need for function-based and empirically validated treatments for chronic health disorders. The Behavioral Medicine SIG offers students, researchers, practitioners, and consumers opportunities to discuss issues related to public health promotion and disease prevention. All are welcome to join the Behavioral Medicine SIG. We hope that the SIG will help consumers and practitioners better understand the role of behavior analysis in the field of behavioral medicine, and provide an outlet for discussions of current and developing research within the field.
|124. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (BFSR)
|RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), Traci M. Cihon (University of North Texas; Behaviorists for Social), Kendra Combs (Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility ), Molli Luke (Behavior Analyst Certification Board; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas; Behaviorists for Social Responsibility)
|Abstract: Behaviorists for Social Responsibility, the oldest ABAI Special Interest Group, invites colleagues to learn how behavior analysis can promote progressive, systemic social change. BFSR members engage in theoretical, conceptual, and empirical analyses of significant social issues related to sustainability, economic and social justice, violence, health and wellness, political systems, behavioral systems analysis and cultures, among others. BFSR publishes the journal Behavior and Social Issues, maintains a visible presence at ABAI conventions with panels, symposia, and invited presentations, and provides leadership for generalizing behavior analytic and behavioral systems science from academia to the real world. In addition, BFSR maintains an active social media presence, encourages transnational analyses, supports BFSR efforts in state, local and university settings. A major current effort is the Matrix Project, which focuses on expanding preparation and opportunities for behavior analysts and behavioral systems analysts to engage more widely in social change efforts in collaboration with other groups.
|125. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
|TED ALLAIRE (Eastern Michigan University), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo and Akershus University College), Christopher Walmsley (Humboldt State University), Allison A. Ilem (Spectrum Health Medical Group), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University)
|Abstract: The Behavioral Gerontology SIG (https://bgsig.wordpress.com/) provides an open forum for students, practitioners, and researchers who have an interest in applying the science, practice, and philosophy of behavior analysis to problems encountered by adults in later life, typically referring to ages 65 and older. The goal is to promote the development, implementation, and evaluation of behavior analytic approaches to a wide variety of topics of high public health significance in this population, such as self-management for health promotion and disease prevention, and functional assessments of and interventions for behavioral changes commonly associated with neurocognitive disorders (e.g., due to Alzheimer's disease). The Expo poster orients ABAI members to the SIG, shares education about recommended competencies for working with older adults, and displays results of a recent SIG member survey.
|127. Clinical Special Interest Group
|THOMAS J. WALTZ (Eastern Michigan University), Emily Thomas Johnson (Behavior Attention and Developmental Disabilities Consultants, LLC)
|Abstract: Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) involves the application of behavior analytic principles to the full range of human problems, many of which have traditionally been considered “mental health” issues. Our members practice and do research in a wide range of areas including: anxiety disorders, behavioral gerontology, behavioral health/medicine, behavioral pediatrics, childhood disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, couples therapy, family therapy, depression, forensic psychology (assessment and treatment), habit disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious mental illness (e.g., Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia), substance abuse, trauma, and much more. In general, the range of interests reflects the scope of practice regulated to licensed clinical psychologists and Clinical SIG members can serve as a good resource for behavior analysts interested in such training.. Clinical behavior analysts use a functional analytic conceptual framework to identify problematic context-behavior relationships and work with clients to build the skills and supports they need to develop and maintain more effective behavior patterns. . The Clinical SIG is dedicated to facilitating collaboration between researchers and clinicians to further the field’s ability to apply our ever expanding knowledge base to community-based clinical populations and to facilitate the relevance of research to actual clinical practice. This group seeks to promote Clinical Behavior Analysis at ABAI and is interested in maintaining the longstanding relationship between basic research and clinical application.
|128. Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
|MEGAN MILLER (FSU CARD/Navigation Behavioral Consulting), Melissa Engasser (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc.), Ashley Fiorilli (Applied Behavior Consultants), Christine Evanko (Snowflakes ABA), Elizabeth G. Callahan (Caldwell University), Amanda N. Kelly (BEHAVIORBABE (Hawaii))
|Abstract: If you are interested in the dissemination of our science of Behavior Analysis worldwide, this is the place for you. We're looking to take Behavior Analysis out of its pigeon-holes, and really publicize the potential to develop global solutions in all realms of life. We've demonstrated our efficacy in the Autism/DD world, and we're really good at proving that our interventions work...to ourselves. We are not as good at getting the word out to those who aren't aware of the science of behavior! This SIG should be of interest to every behavior analyst as without the support of the population, our science will never reach its potential. Every behavior analyst should be continually working to put forward a positive image about our science and its practitioners. Without this component, all of our work will never reach those who need it most.
|129. Ethics and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
|MATTHEW T. BRODHEAD (Michigan State University), Shawn P. Quigley (University of New Mexico Medical Group)
|Abstract: The mission of the Ethics and Behavior Analysis (EBA SIG) is to enhance the current state of and provide recommendations for ethical conduct for all individuals who use the title "behavior analyst." This is accomplished by engaging in analyses regarding what does ethical emission of behavior analytic activities look like as well as engaging in a behavioral analysis of ethical behavior. Stop by the poster to learn more about the EBA SIG.
|130. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group
|J. ADAM BENNETT (Western Michigan University), Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas), Kathryn M. Kestner (West Virginia University), Yusuke Hayashi (Penn State Hazleton)
|Abstract: The mission of the EAHB-SIG is to promote the experimental analysis of behavior with human subjects as a means of addressing important fundamental questions about human problems and human nature. In recent years, the energies of EAHB-SIG members have focused on three continuing projects: (1) The EAHB-SIG Distinguished Contributions Award: This award is designed to recognize substantive and sustained contributions to the EAHB literature. The award is presented at the annual convention; (2) The Student Paper Competition: This competition is designed to promote and recognize scholarly activity in the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior. Students are encouraged to submit original research that has not been reviewed elsewhere. Participants receive high quality reviews from experts in their respective areas of research; (3) The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin: The SIG also maintains an online journal (ISSN 1938-7237) for the publication of empirical articles, technical reports, and other types of articles of interest to researchers engaged in the experimental analysis of human behavior.
|131. GSIG: Gambling Special Interest Group
|Mack S. Costello (Rider University), SETH W. WHITING (Central Michigan University)
|Abstract: The mission of the Gambling Special Interest Group (G-SIG) is to foster the growth of gambling research in behavior analysis through collaborative research efforts, the coordination of presentations, and the sharing of resources to the mutual benefit of the field, its adherents, and those who are impacted by such endeavors. Membership in the G-SIG is open to any ABAI member and all professionals interested in gambling. All members are encouraged to participate, give input, and contribute to the community of researchers and practitioners. This poster will serve as a means to disseminate information about G-SIG to conference attendees, including the availability of gambling research software, subscription to The Handle (a semi-annual newsletter), and other membership benefits. Further, the poster will serve as a means to recruit new members, to garner interest in students of behavior analysis, and to foster a greater interest the study and treatment of problem gambling and related behavioral addictions.
|132. History of Behavior Analysis
|EDWARD K. MORRIS (University of Kansas), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), Karen R. Wagner (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc and TheBehaviorAnalyst.com), Pat Williams (University of Houston-Downtown)
|Abstract: This poster describes the Association for Behavior Analysis Internationals Special Interest Group for the History of Behavior Analysis (HoBA). Our purview is the fields long past, short history, and recent origins. Our vision is to advance and expand behavior analysis nationally and internationally through its history and historiography. Our mission is to cultivate and nurture, enrich and improve, and communicate and disseminate the fields history and historiography. Our strategies include maintaining a Listserv and a website, holding annual business meetings at the ABAI conventions, and implementing strategic initiatives. Our current initiatives include (a) teaching HoBA (e.g., developing a repository of course syllabi); (b) archiving the HoBA (e.g., creating a list of HoBA archives); (c) appointing historians (e.g., in ABAI SIG and affiliate chapters); (d) preparing bibliographies of published materials (e.g., articles) and electronic sources (e.g., videos); (e) expanding the HoBA (website historyofbehavioranalysis.org) (e.g., as a repository for materials and links to related websites); and (f) enhancing the SIGs ABA Expo Poster (e.g., identifying behavior analysts in old pictures). If you are interested in the SIGs vision, mission, and initiatives, please visit our poster (and meet B. F. Skinner).
|133. Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts
|ELIZABETH HUGHES FONG (Saint Joseph's University)
|Abstract: Come meet board members of Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts and learn more about our organization. Current initiatives include the United Nations, Diversity in Behavior Analysis (a subsection of the journal Behavior Analysis Research and Practice), and more!
|134. Neuroscience SIG: Your Brain on Behavior
|SUZANNE H. MITCHELL (Oregon Health & Science University)
|Abstract: We will highlight the main objective and the four missions of our SIG. That is, to bring together researchers, academics, clinicians, and students interested in the intersections of behavior analysis and neuroscience and to: (1) introduce behavior analytic research to the neurosciences and vice versa; (2) provide a meeting place and training environment for students and professionals alike interested in basic and applied neuroscience research; (3) provide a forum for collaborative relationships and the sharing best practices; and (4) advocate for and promote high standards in the application of behavior analytic treatments for individuals with neurological dysfunction. Those interested in contributing to our efforts in increasing the relevance and visibility of this SIG or with ideas for initiatives to do this are encouraged to visit the expo and speak to us. We are especially interested in ideas for content that would be helpful on our website.
|135. Organizational Behavior Management Network
|HEATHER M. MCGEE (Western Michigan University; Organizational Behavior Management Network), Manuel Rodriguez (ABA Technologies, Inc.)
|Abstract: Founded in 1982, the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network exists to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of Organizational Behavior Management through research, education, practice, and collaboration. The OBM Network is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of ABAI. We seek to promote the field of behavior analysis as it is applied to organizational performance improvement through our Chris Anderson Student Research Grant; the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management; our biannual conference, held in different cities across the nation; our newsletter, Network News, published three times annually; and online resources offered through our website, www.obmnetwork.com.
|136. Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group
|ROSE IOVANNONE (University of South Florida/Florida Center for Inclusive Communities), Robert F. Putnam (May Institute)
|Abstract: Positive behavior support uses behavioral principles to redesign environmental contexts that enhance quality of life while decreasing problem behavior and increasing socially valid replacement behaviors. Behavior analysts involved in positive behavior support operate in various levels including direct child and/or interventionist level to broad systems level (e.g., schools or organizations). The Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group provides a forum for behavior analysts and other professionals to engage in discourse about relevant issues in the field. The primary purpose of the positive behavior support special interest group is to disseminate accurate information about positive behavior support and its relation to applied behavior analysis.
|137. Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis
|MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)
|Abstract: The Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis (PIBA) SIG is a special interest group that focuses on all areas of specialization for behavior analyst practitioners. This SIG developed a model licensing act for behavior analysts in 2007. This SIG has worked with members and other SIGs on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the practice of behavior analysis. We promote and support means of ensuring the continued ability for behavior analysts to practice independently. The SIG provides a means of communicating about current trends and concerns pertaining to the practice of behavior analysis and efforts to place barriers for such practice by outside organizations or individuals. We help support and promote the ability for behavior analysts to be on insurance panels to provide services to family members with autism and other areas of application of behavior analytic methods. In the past year, the SIG made an effort to coordinate with other relevant SIGs, and is working in coordination with the SIG Board to promote our mission and work collaboratively with all SIGs. Given the growth in the number of states with licensure bills in place and ongoing expansion of this process, our SIG can be a place for practitioners to share information and discuss opportunities and strategies to promote the practice of behavior analysis.
|138. Rehabilitation and Independent Living Special Interest Group
|CHRIS PERSEL (Centre for Neuro Skills)
|Abstract: The Rehabilitation and Independent Living (R.A.I.L.) Special Interest Group continues to support the need for expanding the impact of Behavior Analysis in the field of rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation and related areas. The R.A.I.L. SIG has welcomed members from such diverse backgrounds as physicians and brain injury professionals to students and concerned family members. The power of that diversity is evident in lively discussions and informative exchanges of information. Members are encouraged to share articles, program ideas and professional experiences.
There continues to be tremendous challenges for individuals and families of those in need of neurorehabilitation especially when it comes to addressing difficult behavior. Behavior Analysts remain an excellent resource for providing programming and training on behavior interventions. Dissemination of these principles to the treatment team and families contributes to greater maintenance and generalization of treatment goals.
Members of the R.A.I.L. SIG must be a part of the solution. Growth of the R.A.I.L. SIG has come from current members networking with their peers and having the courage to step up to significant challenges this treatment population presents. Opportunities to exchange research concepts, job openings, internships and thoughts on future SIG directions were enjoyed by all members.
|139. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
|WORNER LELAND (Upswing Advocates), Roxanne Michel Bristol (ABC Group Hawai'i), Janani Vaidya (Garden Center Services)
|Abstract: The Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group exists to help disseminate empirically verified information regarding sex education and sex research to behavior analysts working in applied settings. The Sexual Behavior SIG also supports basic and applied research on the emergence and maintenance of human sexual behavior in typically developing individuals, individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, and other populations. Members or this special interest group include professionals, teachers, direct service providers, parents, and consumers who are concerned with issues of sex therapy, sex education, and sex research. Sexual Behavior SIG was founded in 2007 as STEP SIG and has been providing a symposium at the annual convention of ABAI since its inception, sharing both conceptual and empirical presentations with conference attendees.
|140. Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) Special Interest Group
|NIKIA DOWER (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Tracie L. Lindblad (Monarch House), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC), Landa L. Mark (Monarch House), Amber Valentino (Trumpet Behavioral Health - Monterey Bay), Lina M. Slim-Topdjian (ASAP-A Step Ahead Program, LLC), Heather Forbes (PaTTAN)
|Abstract: The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) SIG poster will provide information about the SIG’s mission, the composition of our membership, the treatment and research areas applicable to the members of our SIG, and finally, the various benefits of membership in and donation to our SIG. The SIG’s mission is to promote the dissemination of behaviorally-oriented speech and language research and the application of evidence-based practices relevant to the full range of services provided by speech and language professionals. Expo attendees to our poster will receive information about SIG membership and its benefits and the resources that are available on the SIG website and the SIG Facebook page. As well, opportunities for participation on various SIG committees will be highlighted. In addition, SIG Executive members will be available at the poster for informal discussions with visitors, to answer specific questions and, in general, to promote interest in the dissemination of behavioral interventions for speech and language disorders.
|141. Standard Celeration Society
|KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy)
|Abstract: Since 1990 the Standard Celeration Society (SCS) has comprised a collegial organization for all persons who use Standard Celeration Charts to monitor and change human behavior frequencies. The Society’s heritage lies greatly in Precision Teaching and its founder Ogden R. Lindsley. The SCS has been focusing its efforts on building a sustainable organization. With the committed work the Board of Directors and an incredible volunteer force of Co-Presidents, six Vice Presidents, Associate VPs and committee members we are making great strides towards that aim. The Society has always encouraged the development and growth of a science of human behavior and learning, and promoted using the Standard Celeration Chart to further that objective. Come learn about member benefits, special-interest tracks at our annual conference, and so much more.
|142. Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
|KIRA AUSTIN (Whitworth University)
|Abstract: Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA) is a special interest group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. TBA's purpose is to improve the teaching and learning of the principles and applications of behavior analysis in any setting in which those activities occur. Founded in 1991, it is one of the oldest groups in ABAI as well as one of the largest. We boast an active listerv as well as several online resources. All behavior analysts teach others to change behavior—whether it's staff trainers, parent educators, university professors, or others. We maintain a diverse, international group; by nature we discuss things that are of universal interest to behavior analysts—intervention techniques, basic behavioral principles, and teaching others.
|143. The Military and ABA: Coming Full Circle
|ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), Kent A. Corso (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC)
|Abstract: The medical, educational and training parts of the military continue to underappreciate and underutilize the benefits of applied behavior analysis (ABA). However, as noted by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman in his books, military training relies on the use of respondent and operant conditioning. Placing these two at high noon and progressing clockwise, we come to Lindsley’s experiences in the Army Air Corps during World War II, including his time as a POW, and how he brought his military and educational experiences together to develop the standard celeration chart (SCC) in the mid-1960s. Also in the mid-1960s, Lackland Air Force Base implemented its first military dog training, the Military Working Dog, or K9, program, which continues today. Another program, Tricare Echo, enables military dependents to receive assistance, including ABA practices, for certain qualifying disabilities such as those in special education and with autism spectrum disorders. Bringing us back toward high noon, the most current work using ABA and the SCC is work by behavior analysts to assist the Air National Guard in suicide prevention with 10 Air National Guard units across the US.
|144. Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual Issues SIG
|WILLIAM M. BAUM (University of California, Davis), Benjamin N. Witts (St. Cloud State University), Todd A. Ward (bSci21 Media, LLC), Naomi Homayouni (California State University, Northridge)
|Abstract: The TPC-SIG was borne from a collaboration of today’s most influential thinkers in behavior analysis. There is no one fundamental theoretical orientation in the SIG, and we welcome and value any collaboration that works towards increased awareness and interest in our primary focus: theory, philosophy, and conceptual issues. We encourage anyone, member of ABAI or not, to consider membership in the SIG so that all members can benefit from each other’s unique perspectives. Of particular interest in our SIG are those members who are new or early-career. We believe firmly that all behavior analysts, regardless of profession, can only be their best with a firm understanding in theory, philosophy, and conceptual issues. It is our mission to develop this interest, support efforts related to TPC issues within behavior analysis, and to further our understanding of theoretical, philosophical, and conceptual issues. Our mission is not just focused on behavior analysis, but all behavioral sciences, and indeed science as an enterprise, as it relates to our subject matter.
|145. Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group
|JUDAH B. AXE (Simmons College), April N. Kisamore (Caldwell University), Tina Sidener (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University), M. Alice Shillingsburg (Marcus Autism Center, Emory University School of Medicine), Rocio Rosales (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Amber Valentino (Trumpet Behavioral Health - Monterey Bay), Amanda P. Laprime (Center for Children with Special Needs & Northeastern University )
|Abstract: The mission of the VB SIG is to disseminate theory, research, and practice to people around the world who are interested in Skinner's (1957) analysis of verbal behavior and a behavioral approach to language. The VB SIG has a dedicated group of elected council members who carry out the many functions of the VB SIG. VB News is the newsletter published twice annually with featured labs, interviews, and articles by both students and influential researchers. The VB SIG Student Group is a forum for students to discuss verbal behavior and write article summaries for our website and newsletter. Students can apply to two annual research awards: one for a completed research project in verbal behavior, and one for a grant proposal for a study in verbal behavior. These awards are presented at the annual business meeting at ABAI, as is the Jack Michael Award for enduring contributions to the study of verbal behavior. There are many ways to interact with others interested in verbal behavior, such as through our website, our listserve, Facebook, emails, and other outlets. The VB SIG Expo poster is a wonderful way for people to learn about the VB SIG and to get involved.