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 #409
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Medicine SIG of ABAI Presents: Beginning a Line of Research in Behavioral Medicine
Monday, May 28, 2018
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Coronado Ballroom AB
Area: CBM/PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Gretchen A. Dittrich, Ph.D.
Chair: Jessica R. Mias (Simmons College)
GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons College)
SANDY JIN (California State University, Northridge)
KYLAN S. TURNER (Simmons College)

Behavioral medicine is a field of study that integrates behavioral and biomedical sciences to improve behaviors associated with disease and health states. Behavioral medicine targets may focus on disease prevention, treatment to improve health and disease states and/or comorbidities, programming to facilitate maintenance of health behavior change, and treatments targeting adherence to medical regimes. As experts in functional analysis and behavior change, behavior analysts are well-equipped to work in the field of behavioral medicine. However, behavior analysts often do not receive specific training during coursework or continuing education focused on behavioral medicine interventions and research, and thus may be unaware of how to begin a line of research in the field. The purpose of the current panel discussion is to provide recommendations on beginning research in behavioral medicine. Panelists will provide an overview of how they entered into the field, recommendations for supervision and mentorship, and how to maintain a line of research in behavioral medicine long term.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BCBAs, BCBA-Ds, BCaBAs, Health Psychologists, Health Professionals

Learning Objectives: 1. identify research opportunities in behavioral medicine 2. identify supervisors or mentors currently conducting research in behavioral medicine to provide support and supervision for behavior analysts beginning a new line of research 3. identify methods to maintain a practice and/or line of research in behavioral medicine long-term
Keyword(s): Behavioral Health, Behavioral Medicine, Health Psychology



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