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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Expo Poster Session #183
Affiliate Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 23, 2020
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 2, Hall D
131. Addiction Special Interest Group
AUGUST F. HOLTYN (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Bethany R. Raiff (Rowan University), Jesse Dallery (University of Florida), Kimberly C. Kirby (Treatment Research Institute at PHMC)
Abstract: This poster will provide an overview of the Addiction Special Interest Group (SIG). The Addiction SIG is an organization for behavior analysts and others who are interested in understanding, preventing, and treating misuse of licit and illicit drugs and other commodities (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, stimulants, opioids, internet, smartphones, food) and associated psychosocial problems (e.g., psychiatric comorbidities, unemployment, poverty). The Addiction SIG was founded in 2019. The overarching goal of the SIG is to provide a forum for all persons who have an interest in studying and applying the science, practice, and philosophy of behavior analysis to understand, prevent, and treat addiction. The purpose of this poster will be to: (1) describe the SIG’s overall mission, (2) provide information on membership categories and how to become a member of the SIG, (3) describe the SIG’s ongoing activities and future directions, and (4) disseminate information to increase membership and promote the SIG’s mission.
132. Clinical Special Interest Group
EMILY THOMAS JOHNSON (Behavior Attention and Developmental Disabilities Consultants, LLC), Thomas J. Waltz (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: The Clinical Special Interest Group of ABAI is dedicated to facilitating collaboration of researchers and clinicians in further development and application of applied behavior analysis in clinical populations. We will be connecting with past, current, and future members at the ABAI Expo. Please stop by and get connected with others in this exciting field.
133. Behavioral Development Special Interest Group
JESSICA SINGER-DUDEK (Teachers College, Columbia University), JeanneMarie Speckman (Fred S. Keller School Teachers College Columbia University)
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. In this context, the Developmental SIG routinely produces a full program for each annual meeting of ABAI, in which symposia, papers, invited addresses, tutorials, and panel discussions covering the range of interests noted above are represented. 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, (c) 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!
134. Gambling Special Interest Group
MACK S. COSTELLO (Rider University), Ryan C. Speelman (Pittsburg State University)
Abstract: Membership in the Gambling Special Interest Group (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 G-SIG community of researchers and practitioners.
135. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
JOCELYN HANSSON (Eastern Michigan University), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University), Christopher Walmsley (Humboldt State University), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo Metropolitan University), Allison A. Ilem (Spectrum Health Medical Group)
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.
136. Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group
JULIE M. SLOWIAK (University of Minnesota Duluth; InJewel LLC), Natalie Juhlin (United States Army), Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres (Behavior Basics LLC)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group's purpose is to educate, coordinate, and provide resources to behavior analysts and other members of society seeking to address human challenges in health, sport, and fitness through the application of the science of behavior analysis.The purpose of the organization is fulfilled through: (1) Educating behavior analysts and other members of society and increasing awareness, visibility, and understanding of the application of the science of behavior analysis to health, sport, and fitness; (2) Disseminating information about the practice of behavior analysis and educational and training opportunities relevant to practice of behavior analysis in the areas of health, sport, and fitness; (3) Providing a professional network and access to educational and training resources (e.g., continuing education events, mentorship opportunities) for its members; (4) Obtaining financial resources to support research grants for behavior analysts who seek to conduct research with the objective to develop or evaluate behavior analytic interventions to resolve human challenges in health, sport, and fitness; and (5) Collaborating with other non-profit organizations, healthcare agencies, and health, sport, and fitness professionals to maximize our impact on current efforts. Members of the Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group have the opportunity to learn how to become competent practitioners in the areas of health, sport, and fitness as behavior analysts, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with one to increase the current research base within these areas of practice.

The History of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

KAREN R. WAGNER (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc and, Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas)

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!

138. Military and Veterans SIG
Kent A. Corso (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC; Xcelerate Innovations ), ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center)
Abstract: Military and Veterans Special Interest Group is devoted to the application of behavior analysis to military and veterans’ issues. This is a group whose emphasis concerns 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.
139. 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.

Your Brain on Behavior: Neuroscience Special Interest Group

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.


Organizational Behavior Management Network

BYRON J. WINE (The Faison Center)

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.

142. Open Educational Resources (OER) Special Interest Group
VERONICA J. HOWARD (University of Alaska Anchorage), Margaret Pavone Dannevik (Lindenwood University)
Abstract: Open educational resources are materials that can be freely downloaded, edited, and shared to better serve all users. The mission of the Open Educational Resources (OER) SIG is to provide information about quality open or low-cost educational, training, and research resources as well as to provide a forum for those creating OERs to collaborate on new projects, reduce individual workload involved in creating and managing OERs, and recruit reinforcement for works produced outside of for-profit publication venues. Join us to learn more about OER and how you can get involved.

Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group


The Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group (PBS-SIG) is dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors. The PBS-SIG’s goal is to create awareness of the how behavior analytic principles are applied in PBS activities and promote the use of PBS interventions in schools, communities, agencies and in homes and support practitioners in its use. The mission of this SIG is to: promote and disseminate positive behavior support within ABAI (Association for Behavior Analysis International), ensure PBS is aligned with the science of behavior, increase the number and visibility of PBS presentations at the ABAI conference, disseminate accurate information about PBS to ABAI’s membership, promote methodologically sound, data-based PBS research and to encourage open dialogue among behavior analysts and proponents of PBS. The PBS-SIG members are those engaged in experimental and applied analyses of behavior who are interested in positive behavior support. This poster will display the mission, benefits of membership, how members can get involved, previous/current activities, and the trend of PBS presentations at ABAI.

144. Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
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 developed a model licensing act for behavior analysts in 2007. The BACB's model licensing act also drew heavily from the PIBA SIG’s model act to meet the needs and concerns of BCBA and BCaBA practitioners. We currently have a membership of 75 and also maintain a yahoo list-serve for communication among members. 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. We help support and promote the ability for behavior analysts to be on insurance panels to provide services to family members with autism and other areas of application of behavior analytic methods.

The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

NIKIA DOWER (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Tracie L. Lindblad (Monarch House), Lina M. Slim-Topdjian (ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC), Deirdre M. Muldoon (The College of Saint Rose), Heather Forbes (The University of Kansas - PhD Student), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavioral Consultants, LLC)

The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) SIG poster will provide information about the SIG’s mission, the composition of membership, the treatment and research areas applicable to the members of the SIG, and finally, the various benefits of membership in and donation to the 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 platforms. 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.

146. 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.
147. Standard Celeration Society
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy), Mary Kathryn Reagan (Jacksonville State University)
Abstract: The Standard Celeration Society (SCS) became an ABAI special interest group in 1995. Its mission is to uphold and advance the defining features and conventions of the Standard Celeration Chart. The SCS aims to be a friendly and enduring forum, supporting application and dissemination of standard celeration charting across an expanding range of practitioners and other stakeholders. The values of the SCS that guide behavior in fulfilling the mission include acknowledgment and appreciation of the founding principles and applications of our science (i.e., standing on the shoulders of giants), generosity in our interactions with others, driving and embracing change, social beneficence, commitment to evidence-based practice, and having fun. Since 2015, the SCS has employed an organizational structure composed of a board of directors and volunteer leadership teams that actively work toward implementing new and maintaining current initiatives designed to further the organization’s mission. We have an active board of directors (five members, 3-year terms): a president, president-elect, vice presidents, and associate vice presidents. The board of directors provides guidance and decision-making for the SCS president, who is tasked with carrying out board initiatives with vice presidents, associate vice presidents, and volunteers. Current leadership teams are finance, programs, membership, scientific and academic relations, public relations, operations, international relations, and the recently added diversity, as well as website services. Since the beginning of 2015 our leadership teams have actively developed the underlying systems to support the SIG’s structure and facilitate institutional memory as there is transition in our leadership roles, an important component for voluntary leadership teams to maintain productivity. Current priority initiatives include the redesign of our website ( While some components of the new website are already in place, we are completing the development of several other features, including a redesigned member gateway, free continuing education opportunities for members, publication resources, and training program locations for students interested in academic training, internships, and externships, among others. SCS membership fees are very reasonable and include discounted rates to IPTC each year, access to the historical publication database of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, and soon to be announced web-based continuing education events (annual fees: sustaining, $100; full, $50; student, $25). Along with our redesigned website, there is an initiative to highlight our organization’s entrepreneurial members such that their skills, insights, and strategies developed over decades of business development in the area of precision teaching can be made available to others looking to start their own businesses. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the SCS, as this organization has a long history of entrepreneurs creating successful operations that provide clinical/educational services outside the mainstream of applied behavior analysis. Finally, as in many prior years, new and seasoned precision teachers gathered to learn and share research and clinical data at the SCS Annual Conference in November 2019. The society was honored to have Dr. Shahla Ala'i-Rosales, Dr. Ronnie Detrich, and Theresa Mc Keon as keynote speakers along with an array of invited addresses, panels, paper symposia, annual chart share and poster session. The conference took place St. Petersburg, Florida at the Tradewinds Resort. This year, we celebrate our 33rd Annual Conference November 5–7 in Denver, Colorado. Please visit for more information regarding the conference. The SCS eagerly welcomes new charters and members into our community. This nurturing group is full of brilliant and seasoned professionals who are always willing to offer advice or mentorship. Simply become a member and see the opportunities accelerate!
148. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
BARBARA GROSS (Empowered: A Center for Sexuality; Special School District of St. Louis County), Shane T. Spiker (Positive Behavior Supports, Corp.), Landa L. Fox (Positive Connections)
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.
149. Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
DACIA MCCOY (University of Cincinnati)
Abstract: The purpose of the Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA) special interest group is to improve the teaching and learning of the principles and applications of behavior analysis in any setting in which those activities occur. Stop by to learn more about the TBA special interest group and ways to get involved and connected to resources. Anyone interested in the teaching of behavior analysis in all environments is welcome to join us.
150. 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 ), Tom Cariveau (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Brittany Ann Juban (May Institute), M. Alice Shillingsburg (May Institute), Caitlin H. Delfs (Village Autism Center)
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.
151. Mental Health Special Interest Group
JEFFREY BOLIN (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Lindsey LeBrun (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Building Essential Skills Together)
Abstract: The Mental Health Special Interest Group works to develop and disseminate evidence-based resources and information to the Association for Behavior Analysis International members and the general public on mental health issues while raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues from a behavior analytic perspective as well as promoting behavior analytic research on mental health issues.



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