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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Expo Poster Session #174
Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 26, 2018
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Pacific Ballroom
72. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group
LINDSAY RENEE MEHRKAM (Monmouth University)
Abstract: The mission of the Applied Animal Behavior SIG is to promote applied animal behavior analytic research, set high standards in methods and techniques of animal training, support those in the applied animal behavior field, and promote the well-being of animals in applied settings wherever they are found. Please come check out the great work that our members are dong in a variety of settings!
73. Autism Special Interest Group
JUSTIN B. LEAF (Autism Partnership Foundation)
Abstract: The purpose autism special interest group was developed to 1) promote evidence based practices in regard to treatment for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), 2) promote best practices as it relates to procedures/interventions based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as it relates to individuals diagnosed with ASD, 3) help individuals diagnosed with ASD, families of individuals diagnosed with ASD, and consumers to identify components of evidence based practices, quality behavioral intervention, and effective treatments, 4) help protect individuals diagnosed with ASD and their families from ineffective, non-evidence based, and/or potential harmful treatment(s), 5) serve as a scientific and professional reference and networking group for its members, and 6) organize an annual meeting to provide a forum for discussion of the affairs of the SIG.
74. Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group
JULIA H. FIEBIG (Ball State University; ABA Global Initiatives LLC)
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.
75. Behavior Analysis and Technology Special Interest Group
CODY MORRIS (Western Michigan University ), Vahe Esmaeili (California State University, Northridge), Denice Rios (Western Michigan University), Lisa M Stedman-Falls (University of Florida), Victor Ramirez (California State University, Northridge)
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.
76. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University), Traci M. Cihon (University of North Texas), Kendra Combs (Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research ), Molli Luke (Behavior Analyst Certification Board), Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago), Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas)
Abstract: Behaviorists for Social Responsibility is the Association for Behavior Analysis International's oldest Special Interest Group, dating back to 1977 as Behaviorists for Social Action. The group offers behavior analysts the opportunity to meet other behavior analysts with progressive social and political perspectives, to develop programming in the convention and field that advances progressive social problem solving, and to provide prompts that facilitate research and applied interventions that address progressive solutions to a wide range of social problems and issues. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility publishes the peer-reviewed open-access journal Behavior and Social Issues and presents symposia, workshops, and papers at the annual convention. More recently, it initiated its Matrix project that fosters pragmatic, concrete problem-solving interventions in 26 societal sectors, such as education and politics. A goal of the Matrix Project is to interest additional behavior analysts to join Matrix teams working in the initial sectors. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility is an open membership organization where all are welcome to join and contribute.
77. 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 (CBA) at ABAI and is interested in maintaining the longstanding relationship between basic research and clinical application.

ABAI Crime and Delinquency Special Interest Group

Esther Bubb-McKinnie (St. Joseph's University; Eastern University; Elwyn), TIMOTHY TEMPLIN (HABA), Yvette Marie Claudio (Elwyn)

The SIG's Mission - To ensure that those in the criminal justice field 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 & Gendreu, 2006).


Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

Melissa Engasser (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc.), ANA ESCALANTE (BehaviorMe)

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 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.

81. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group
J. ADAM BENNETT (Western Michigan University), Kathryn M. Kestner (West Virginia University), Yusuke Hayashi (Penn State Hazleton), Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas)
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.
82. 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.
83. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
SAMANTHA JO ZOHR (Student at Eastern Michigan University), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University), Allison A. Ilem (Spectrum Health Medical Group), Christopher Walmsley (Humboldt State University), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo and Akershus University College)
Abstract: The Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group (SIG) applies the science and philosophy of behavior analysis to problems that occur later in life, typically referring to ages 65 and older. The Expo poster and its presenters will offer information about the current areas of special interest to behavior analysts working with older adults, such as self-management for health promotion and disease prevention, staff or family training, individual clinical interventions, and human operant studies to examine the loss of verbal skills in the case of neurodegenerative diseases. The poster will detail the goals of the SIG, its activities, and the steps to become a SIG member along with social media links and contact information.
84. History of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
KAREN R. WAGNER (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc and, Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University)
Abstract: This poster describes the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s Special Interest Group for the History of Behavior Analysis (HoBA). Our purview is the field’s 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 field’s 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 (e.g., as a repository for materials and links to related websites); and (f) enhancing the SIG’s ABA Expo Poster (e.g., identifying behavior analysts in old pictures). If you are interested in the SIG’s vision, mission, and initiatives, please visit our poster and learn something new about our common behavioral past!

ABAI Health, Sports, and Fitness SIG


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.


Behavioral Medicine SIG of ABAI

GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons College)

The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysts International 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 Behavioral Medicine 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 Behavioral Medicine 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.


The Military and Veteran Issues Special Interest Group (MilVet SIG)

BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS IN MILITARY AND VETERANS' (Behavior Analysis in Military and Veteran Issues)

The MilVet SIG continues to grow, expanding the field of applied behavior analysis within the military and veteran literature and communities. While the most recent year revealed a membership of over 60 members and the number of relevant abstracts submitted for presentation at ABAI 2018 are the highest ever for the SIG, a great deal of work remains. The Military and Veteran Issues Special Interest Group Co-Chairs trace ABA's contact with and influence of the military and veteran communities from 1904 through the present time. Most notable are the recent developments within the law enforcement field, and in social and clinical areas such as PTSD, suicide, substance use, pain and the application of ABA theory and principles to understanding various factors concerning the military and veteran communities. Despite the recent surge of activity within the ABA community with the military and veteran population, resources for training the behavior analytic community remain scare. Therefore, this year, the SIG Co-Chairs will disseminate information about these in an effort to catalyze further interaction between behavior analysis and the military and veteran communities.

88. Neuroscience SIG: The wizard behind the behavioral curtain
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.
89. Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) 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 accomplishes this mission through networking, journal publications, newsletters, online resources, and a bi-annual conference. Today, the OBM Network has over 500 members, supported by a board of directors, volunteers, and the members taking an active role in dissemination, practice, and research through the partnering peer reviewed journal, the Journal of OBM.
90. 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 (PBS), a systems approach, 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 PBS operate within various levels from providing direct supports to individuals to applying principles to broad systems (e.g., organizations, schools). The Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group provides a forum for behavior analysts to discuss issues relevant to the profession.
91. Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis SIG
Abstract: The PIBA SIG was foundedin 2007 for the express purpose of promoting, advocating for, and furthering, the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis as a distinct profession. The SIG serves to discuss, elucidate, enhance and forward the rights of behavior analysts to practice as independent practitioners in the community, schools, residentail and other settings. Issues discussed include credentialing, licensure, supervision, insurance reimbursements, evidence-based practice, various populations served by ABA, and other matters of interest to the members and the profession.

Rehabilitation and Independent Living Special Interest Group

CHRIS PERSEL (Centre for Neuro Skills)

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.

93. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
WORNER LELAND (Upswing Advocates), Barbara Gross (Empowered: A Center for Sexuality), Janani Vaidya (N/A), Shane Spiker (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp)
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.
94. The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) Special Interest Group
NIKIA DOWER (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Tracie L. Lindblad (Monarch House), Lina M. Slim-Topdjian (ASAP-A Step Ahead Program, LLC), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC), Heather Forbes (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network - Autism Initiative (PaTTAN)), Amber Valentino (Trumpet Behavioral Health ), Deirdre M. Muldoon (The College of Saint Rose), Landa L. Mark (Positive Connections)
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, its benefits and the resources that are available on the SIG website and the SIG Facebook group and 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.
95. 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 a President, seven 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.
96. Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
Abstract: The Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group’s (TBA SIG) mission is to improve the teaching and learning of the principles and applications of behavior analysis in any setting. Therefore, the TBA SIG continues to be the prominent place for discussions regarding behavior analysis, both basic and applied. Founded in 1991, it is one of the oldest special interest groups in ABAI. We are one of the largest ABAI SIGs, we count as members some of the top behavior analysts in the world. All behavior analysts teach others to change behavior—whether it's staff trainers, parent educators, university professors, or others. Therefore, by nature we discuss things that are of universal interest to behavior analysts—intervention techniques, basic behavioral principles, and teaching others. We are also one of the most diverse groups of individuals who represent all facets of behavior analysis including clinicians, researchers, students, and consumers. The TBA SIG continues to develop outlets and resources for sharing tools and strategies for teaching and learning more about behavior analysis.

Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group

APRIL N. KISAMORE (Hunter College), Tina Sidener (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University), M. Alice Shillingsburg (May Institute), Rocio Rosales (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Amber Valentino (Trumpet Behavioral Health ), Amanda P. Laprime (Center for Children with Special Needs & Northeastern University ), Judah B. Axe (Simmons College), Catia Cividini-Motta (University of South Florida)

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 listserv, 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.




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