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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #236
Diversity submission Barriers to Career Growth for Women in Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 24, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M1, University of D.C. / Catholic University
Area: PCH/CSS; Domain: Theory
Chair: Anika Costa (Brett Dinovi and Associates)
SOPHIA KATZ (BlueSprig Pediatrics)
JENNY LEANN PAGAN (BlueSprig Pediatrics)
AMANDA RALSTON (BlueSprig Pediatrics)

In her 2003 publication, the late Maria R. Ruiz wrote, “Historically cultural practices associated with the feminine and the masculine have developed within different and separate contextual spheres. Traditionally, the masculine has been associated with the public sphere of work while the feminine has been associated with the private sphere of the home and family.” While behavior analysts have long been known for working toward social change, women in behavior analysis are not immune to the overt gender discrimination that exists in the other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. Gender biases in behavior analysis are evidenced by the same inequitable discrepancies in pay, lack of female mentors, and barriers to career growth for women in all sciences. Three female panelists will unpack these issues in a conversation about their experiences in the field of behavior analysis and research from other disciplines which supports the urgent need for radical change.

Instruction Level: Basic



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