Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Invited Panel #474
Has "Translational Research" Been Lost in Translation?
Monday, May 28, 2018
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Grand Ballroom 7-9
Area: SCI; Domain: Translational
Chair: Claire C. St. Peter (West Virginia University)
CE Instructor: Claire C. St. Peter, Ph.D.
Panelists: ISER GUILLERMO DELEON (University of Florida), MICHAEL PERONE (West Virginia University), ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Texas Christian University)

This panel discussion will provide a dialog on the potential schism between basic and applied behavior analysis. Panelists will discuss their experiences in the conduct of translational research that informs basic process or applied technologies. Panelists will also share their interpretations on what constitutes "translational" research, the role of translational research in bridging divides between basic and applied sciences, and how researchers might arrange translational research programs in ways that advance both basic and applied science. Finally, panelists will suggest potential fruitful avenues for future translational research.

Target Audience:

Researchers or consumers of behavior-analytic research.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe various kinds of translational research, including use-inspired basic research; (2) describe the continuum of translational research; (3) identify contemporary strains on relations between basic and applied behavior analysis; (4) state uses of translational research to bridge basic and applied science; (5) name areas in which translational research might make valuable contributions to behavior-analytic science.
ISER GUILLERMO DELEON (University of Florida)
Iser DeLeon earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida, where he is now Professor in the Department of Psychology. Recent prior positions include Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of Research Development for the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. Dr. DeLeon is also the current President of the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. He has previously served as Associate Editor for both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior as well as on the editorial board for several other journals in behavior analysis. His research has focused on assessment and treatment of aberrant behavior in persons with neurodevelopmental disorders, identification of preferences and determinants of choice, and translation of basic behavioral processes towards enhancing therapeutic and instructional outcomes.
MICHAEL PERONE (West Virginia University)
Michael Perone earned his Ph.D. in 1981 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington before joining the faculty at West Virginia University in 1984, where he is a professor of psychology and an associate dean. Much of his current research is concerned with developing laboratory models of behavioral processes involved in problem behavior such as failures of self-control. He has served the field of behavior analysis as an associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and as President of ABAI. He currently serves as Coordinator of the ABAI Accreditation Board.
ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Texas Christian University)
Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir received her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University under the supervision of James E. Carr. She is currently a tenured associate professor at Texas Christian University (TCU), where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and supervises Ph.D. students in Experimental Psychology. She also holds an appointment as a part-time lecturer at Reykjavik University in Iceland. Anna’s research encompasses both basic and applied interests and focuses primarily on verbal behavior acquisition and the relationship between verbal behavior and derived stimulus relations. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB) and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB), among other journals. Anna is a previous editor of TAVB, a previous associate editor of JABA, and a current associate editor of JEAB. She is also a past coordinator of ABAI’s Publication Board and a past president of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis.



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