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 #489
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 28, 2018
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom D
Area: CSS/OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal, M.A.
Chair: Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal (University of Nevada, Reno)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
MELISSA PATRICIA PIASECKI (University of Nevada, Reno Med)
LAURA CROSSWELL (University of Nevada, Reno)

The 21st century is said to be the century of interdisciplinarity. With a plethora of social and cultural issues in dire need of reform, it is critical that we recognize the call for interprofessional collaboration. While a number of academics and professionals talk about interdisciplinary work, few effectively practice what they preach in terms of training and application. Skinner viewed behavior analysis as a science with far-reaching potential. He claimed that behavior scientists could extend our application of behavior science to broader social issues (e.g., climate change, overpopulation, obesity, etc.), but even his ideas have yet to come to fruition. While various suggestions can be put forth as to why, most can agree that we as behavior scientists have a great potential to disseminate our science. As a way to foster a discussion about interdisciplinary work, this panel will focus on collaborations that have the ability to achieve remarkable scientific, cultural, and societal progress. Panelists will use several examples and nonexamples to guide our discussion so that attendees are better equipped to work collaboratively with researchers or practitioners in other disciplines.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Practitioners, Researchers, and Student Members

Learning Objectives: 1. To understand the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in training students 2. To understand the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the application of behavior analysis 3. To use examples of how scientists in different disciplines can achieve scientific, technological, cultural, and societal progress through interdisciplinary work
Keyword(s): Collaboration, Dissemination, Interdisciplinary work, Partnerships



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