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 #495
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Examining Racial and Implicit Bias Within the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 25, 2020
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty N-P
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Denisha Gingles, M.S.
Chair: Vanessa Bethea-Miller (Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting)
DENISHA GINGLES (Signature Behavior Analytic Services)
SHAWN CAPELL (Covenant 15:16 LLC)
KRISTEN CSIZMADIA (Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting)

Implicit bias refers to "actions or judgments that are under the control of automatically activated evaluation, without the performer's awareness of that causation" (Greenwald, McGhee, & Schwartz, 1998, p. 1464). Related professionals, such as education, mental health, and medical experts, are working to address the topic of racial and ethnic bias, as well as the impact on the communities in which they serve. Though this is the case in surrounding fields, this topic continues to be a less discussed area within behavior analysis. Mental health researchers have shown consequences of racial bias leads to various negative outcomes for diverse consumers. Implicit bias research has also been well studied in the educational field related to its overuse of punishment procedures. Lastly, medical field professionals have discovered the connection between implicit bias and medical intervention used for certain racial groups. Given the amount of pre-existing research, behavior analysts can take advantage of the existing knowledge base to better serve stakeholders of the field, our clients. This panel will discuss methods for behavior analysts to examine their own biases with the purpose of rendering culturally and socially valid services.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: Attendees will evaluate their own biases related to race and ethnicity. Attendees will identify the impact of biases on their work as a behavior analyst. Attendees will ascertain behavior analytic practices that can be implemented to address implicit bias. Attendees will determine how to address issues of implicit bias across multiple professional settings and identify solutions to these concerns.
Keyword(s): Bias, culture, diversity, race



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