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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Expo Poster Session #174
Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 25, 2019
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Hyatt Regency East, Exhibit Level, Riverside Exhibit Hall
121. Autism Special Interest Group
JUSTIN B. LEAF (Autism Partnership Foundation; Endicott College)
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.
122. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group
VALERIE SEGURA (Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens)
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 doing in a variety of settings!
123. 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), Jose Ardila (University of Nevada), Holly Seniuk (University of Nevada, Reno)
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 recently transferred the peer-reviewed open-access journal Behavior and Social Issues to ABAI, so now concentrates on presenting symposia, workshops, and papers at the annual ABAI convention. It also initiated its Matrix Project about five years, an effort to foster 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 an affiliated SIG of ABAI and welcomes all ABAI members to join the discussions and contribute to progressive social change..
124. Behavioral Development Special Interest Group
JESSICA SINGER-DUDEK (Columbia University Teachers College), JeanneMarie Speckman-Kilroe (Fred S. Keller School and Columbia University Teachers College)
Abstract: The Behavioral Development SIG of the Association for Behavior Analysis was created with the mission to promote and support research and theory designed to identify environmental variables that establish and interact with behavioral development, and show how these variables relate to behavioral principles and instructional procedures in other areas, and how they can be manipulated to promote desirable developmental outcomes. Specifically, the organization shall: (a) Serve as a scientific and professional reference and networking group for its members. (b) Disseminate information to promote its mission to a wider audience © Organize an annual business meeting to provide a forum for discussion of the affairs of the chapter, and (d) Recognize individuals or groups of individuals who have made significant contributions to further the cause of this SIG. Conference attendees are invited to come and meet the members of the Dev SIG and learn more!

Association for Behavior Analysis International Special Interest Group: Crime, Delinquency, and Forensic Behavior Analysis

TIMOTHY TEMPLIN (HABA), Esther Bubb-McKinnie (Behavior Analysis)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been useful in addressing societal problems related to the criminal justice field. For example, the role of teaching families in reducing recidivism and the improvement of prison drug programs. ABA has been helpful in guiding the court system in identifying effective sanctions, called graduated sanctions, understanding the effects of behavioral/cognitive-behavioral programs on recidivism, parent training, functional behavioral assessment and team problem solving schools for emotionally and behaviorally disordered students. It has also impacted the assessment of child sexual abuse. Continued advocacy and research are needed to make behavior analytic services available to criminal justice, mental health, military and veterans’ fields and to document the efficacy of behavior analysis in these applications. The Mission of the Crime, Delinquency and Forensic Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group is to ensure that those in the criminal justice fields have access to appropriate, evidence-based, behavior analytic, therapeutic resources to reduce crime and delinquency.


Acceptance and Commitment Training and Psychological Flexibility Special Interest Group

EMILY KENNISON SANDOZ (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Evelyn Rachael Gould (McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School; FirstSteps for Kids, Inc.)

The ACT and Psychological Flexibility Special Interest Group was launched in 2018. This paper provides an overview of the current SIG Board and initial SIG initiatives, including various committees and task forces. Initial actions included developing the SIG mission, name and objectives, reviewing leadership selection and structure, and communications and activities initiatives.

127. Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) SIG
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.
128. Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group
GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons University)
Abstract: The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group 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 Special Interest Group 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 Special Interest Group 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 Special Interest Group. We hope that the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group 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.
129. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
TORI HUMISTON (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, workforce development, and the steps to become a SIG member along with social media links and contact information.
131. Clinical Special Interest Group
EMILY THOMAS JOHNSON (Behavior Attention and Developmental Disabilities Consultants, LLC), Thomas J. Waltz (Eastern Michigan University)
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. CBA clinicians work with the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and other behavior to help people move beyond their problems and toward living more fulfilling lives. The Clinical SIG is dedicated to facilitating collaboration between researchers and clinicians to further the field’s ability to apply clinical populations. 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.

Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

Ashley Fiorilli (Animate Behavior), MIGUEL AVILA (PCMA)

To disseminate the science of human behavior to the public at large, through the use of easy to understand explanations. Our goal is to promote behavior analysis in a positive and accurate light, to help society realize the potential of our science. If you are interested in the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis worldwide, this is the place for you. We're looking to release behavior analysis from its pigeon-holes, and really publicize the potential our science has to develop global solutions in all realms of life. Behavior Analysts have demonstrated our efficacy in very specific populations, 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!

133. ABAI Ethics SIG
DAVID J. COX (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Abstract: The Ethics SIG exists to enhance the current state of and provide recommendations for ethical conduct for all individuals who use the title “behavior analyst.” This shall be accomplished through publications within established professional journals and support of behavior analysts pertaining to ethical matters via ethical consultative services; education of behavior analysts through presentations at international and local ABAI chapter conferences; facilitation of the advancement of a behavior analytic approach to ethical decision making; and dissemination of ethical opinions pertaining to all areas of applied behavior analysis, the experimental analysis of behavior, and behaviorism. The scope of ethical focus will include all areas of research, applied work, and academics pertaining to the analysis of behavior.
134. Gambling Special Interest Group
RYAN C. SPEELMAN (Pittsburg State 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 is open to all professionals interested in gambling. All members are encouraged to participate, give input, and contribute to the G-SIG community of researchers and practitioners. Membership benefits include complementary access to The Handle, the SIG’s newsletter which brings members up to speed with the latest research and technology in gambling. The Handle also covers industry news and the latest issues in gambling to aid researchers and practitioners in maintaining close contact with their subject matter. Other benefits include research software available through the G-SIG website. A variety of custom-made, dynamic software programs including roulette, dice rolling, and slot machines are available for download and further customization.

Health, Sports, and Fitness SIG

JULIE M. SLOWIAK (University of Minnesota Duluth; InJewel LLC), Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres (Behavior Basics LLC), Natalie Juhlin (United States Army)

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.

136. The History of Behavior Analysis (HOBA) 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!
137. Military/Veterans SIG
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), Kent A. Corso (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC)
Abstract: Abstract: Military and Veterans SIG is devoted to the application of behavior analysis to US and UK military and veterans’ issues. This is a group whose emphasis concerns US/UK veterans of all wars. Governments have been concerned about the number of veterans suffering from brain or spinal injuries, mental health problems, lack of access to social services, and addiction problems related to their active service. In each of these areas behavior analysis has been used in developing effective treatments. The EXPO poster will focus on how behavior analysis can assist current military personnel and veterans to reintegrate into society after experiencing trauma associated with experiences in war and other conflict situations. We wish to spread the word that behavior analysis is a viable option that is and should continue to be employed with this group. We look at the role of behavior analysis in the service of nations and in lessening the suffering of military personnel and veterans.
138. Neuroscience SIG: Your Brain on Behavior
SUZANNE H. MITCHELL (Oregon Health & Science University)
Abstract: 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.
139. Organizational Behavior Management Network
BYRON J. WINE (The Faison Center)
Abstract: Founded in 1982, the Organizational Behavior Management 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.

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Special Interest Group

JODIE SORACCO (UNR), Rose Iovannone (University of South Florida/Florida Mental Health)

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 behavior. 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.

141. Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis SIG
Abstract: The Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis (PIBA) SIG is a special interest group that focuses on all areas of specialization for behavior analyst practitioners. This SIG provides a means of discussion, support and potential for action if warranted among ABAI members. The SIG collaborates with other SIGs and boards of ABAI or external organizations as individual members on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the practice of behavior analysis. We promote and support means of ensuring the continued ability for behavior analysts to practice as independent practitioners. The SIG provides a means of communicating about current trends and concerns pertaining to the practice of behavior analysis, licensing matters, legislation issues, insurance regulations and billing practices and updates, and efforts to place barriers for such practice by outside organizations or individuals. our SIG can be a place for practitioners to share information and discuss opportunities and strategies to promote the practice of behavior analysis.
142. Standard Celeration Society
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy), Mary Kathryn Reagan (Jacksonville State University)
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 mission is to enable measurement of learning and performance to better understand, manage, and improve the well-being of individuals, organizations and the World. 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 of the Board of Directors and an incredible volunteer force of a President, ten 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.
143. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
WORNER LELAND (Upswing Advocates), Barbara Gross (Empowered: A Center for Sexuality, LLC), Shane Spiker (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp.), Janani Vaidya (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Robin Moyher (George Mason University)
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.

The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

Nikia Dower (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Tracie L. Lindblad (Monarch House), LINA SLIM-TOPDJIAN (ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC), Deirdre Muldoon (The College of Saint Rose), Heather Forbes (The University of Kansas), Landa L. Fox (Positive Connections), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC)

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 nally, the various benets 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 and its benefits and the resources that are available on the SIG website and the SIG's various social media. 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.

145. Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group
APRIL N. KISAMORE (Hunter College), Bethany Hansen (Munroe Meyer Institute ), Laura L. Grow (Garden Academy), Amanda P. Laprime (Center for Children with Special Needs & Northeastern University ), Catia Cividini-Motta Cividini (University of South Florida), Tom Cariveau (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Brittany Ann Juban (May Institute), M. Alice Shillingsburg (May Institute)
Abstract: 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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