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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #494
PDS: Women in OBM
Monday, May 28, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F
Area: OBM; Domain: Theory
Chair: Kathryn M. Roose (University of Nevada, Reno)
ALICIA M. ALVERO (Queens College, CUNY)
DARNELL LATTAL (Context Management)
LORI H. LUDWIG (Performance Blueprints, Inc.)

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), women made up 20% of Ph.D. recipients in psychology in 1970. Since then, the gender gap has reversed, with the APA reporting that over 68% of psychologists in the workforce in 2013 were female. Compare these statistics to the fact that only 6.4% of Fortune 500 companies had female CEOs in 2017 (, women-owned businesses accounted for 19.4% of US operations in 2015 (Census Bureau), and women comprise only 12% of senior management at the top 200 power and utility companies worldwide (Price, 2015). Thus, female behavior scientists who work in Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) are likely to be working in male-dominated industries. Despite this discrepancy, the three women making up this panel are examples of behavior scientists who are thriving in the field of OBM. The esteemed members of this panel will describe their experiences early in their OBM careers, breaking into the field of OBM academia and practice, sustaining and innovating in their careers, and challenges that have arisen along the way.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): OBM, professional development



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