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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Expo Poster Session #10
Affiliate Special Interest Group Expo Poster Session
Friday, May 28, 2021
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
85. 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.
86. 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 has been dedicated to facilitating collaboration of researchers and clinicians in further development and application of applied behavior analysis in clinical populations since 1979. Whether you are conducting mental health behavior analytic research or providing mental health support through the use of behavior analysis, we are the SIG for you. Please stop by and get connected with others in this exciting field.
87. Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group
RACHEL NICOLE SOBOL FOSTER (University of Kansas, Applied Behavioral Economics Laboratory), Julie M. Slowiak (University of Minnesota Duluth; InJewel LLC), Natalie Juhlin (United States Army), Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres (Behavior Basics LLC and Autism Aid Foundation)
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.
88. Behavior Analysis in Military and Veterans Affairs Special Interest Group
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), Kent A. Corso (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC)
Abstract: The history of Behavior Analysis in Military and Veterans Affairs began with Pavlov’s work with the development of respondent conditioning over 100 years ago. It has continued with military personnel and service dogs because of the principles and practices that Skinner and Lindsley developed. This has come to include work with military families who have children with disabilities, and military personnel with various disabilities. Behavior analytic work continues with TriCare and Echo programs, the standard celeration chart and work with suicide, as well as the work of Xcelerate Innovations to assist the Air National Guard to reduce suicides. In addition to suicide, other work includes post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. This special interest group began almost twenty years ago and continues because of the need for support in the above areas within the military. The committee and its co-chairs realize that for millennia any military training has depended on good discipline, and even, in retrospect with the use of vastly different terms, the roots of military training rely on Pavlovian and Skinnerian training and high quality measurement of human behavior.

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.

90. Open Educational Resources (OER) Special Interest Group
VERONICA J. HOWARD (University of Alaska Anchorage), Rachel Potter (Mary Baldwin 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.
91. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
BARBARA GROSS (Missouri Behavior Consulting; Special School District of St Louis County), Landa L. Fox (Positive Connections), Worner Leland (Upswing Advocates)
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 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.

93. Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS)
JULIA H. FIEBIG (Ball State University; Applied 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.

Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group

Andresa De Souza (University of Missouri St. Louis), DANIELLE LAFRANCE (H.O.P.E. Consulting, LLC; Endicott College - Institute for Behavioral Studies), Caitlin H. Delfs (Village Autism Center), LAUREN K. SCHNELL (Hunter College), Kathryn Glodowski (Penn State - Harrisburg), Brittany Ann Juban (May Institute), Amanda P. Laprime (University of Rochester Medical Center ), Mirela Cengher (UMBC)

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.

99. Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention Special Interest Group
Abstract: Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention Contact Information Sophia D'Agostino Mission/Objectives The Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention Special Interest Group (NDBI SIG) will bring together professionals who have an interest in understanding and advancing the dissemination and implementation of naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions for individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders. The NDBI SIG has three primary purposes: Advance the understanding of NDBI among behavior analysts. Disseminate the latest research and practice related to NDBI in the treatment of individuals with autism. Provide a forum for behavior analysts interested in NDBI to network and collaborate. The NDBI SIG seeks a culturally and linguistically diverse and active membership composed of researchers, clinical professionals, education professionals, students, and caregivers across a variety of related disciplines. We welcome new members who share our interest in disseminating NDBI.
100. Organizational Behavior Management Network
BYRON J. WINE (The Faison Center), Shannon Biagi (Chief Motivating Officers)
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, CEU events, and a bi-annual conference.
101. Standard Celeration Society
ANDREW BULLA (Georgia Southern University - Armstrong ), Mary Kathryn Reagan (Jacksonville State University)
Abstract: The Standard Celeration Society (SCS) became an ABAI special interest group in 1995. The mission of the SCS states to uphold and advance the defining features and conventions of the standard celeration chart. The SCS aims to function as 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 (e.g., “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 comprised of five members, each on 3-year terms. In addition to the board, the organization also consists of an executive director, vice presidents, and associate vice presidents. The board of directors provides guidance and decision-making for the SCS executive director, who carries out board initiatives with vice presidents, associate vice presidents, and volunteers. Current leadership teams include finance, programs, membership, scientific and academic relations, public relations, operations, international relations, diversity, and 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. This year we have offered virtual venues for our members to stay in contact. Some of the events have offered CEUs while others have simply been informative or provided an opportunity for our members to network and communicate. Current priority initiatives include providing more free continuing education opportunities for members, publication resources, and training program locations for students interested in academic training, internships, and externships, among others. The SCS offers membership for a low cost and includes discounted rates to annual conference 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). Current initiatives also aim to highlight our organization’s entrepreneurial members. The skills of the members, including insights and strategies developed over decades of business development in the area of precision teaching, are 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 2020 presented virtually. The society was honored to have Dr. Emily Leeming and Dr. Ronnie Detrich, as keynote speakers in addition to a racial justice presentation with Denisha Gingles, Robin Williams, and Joy Johnson as part of the live events. The SCS awarded Dr. Abigail Calkin with the Ogden R. Lindsley lifetime achievement award. Additionally, the conference offered a poster session and the annual chart share. Presenters pre-recorded all paper and symposia presentations which allowed the SCS to make these presentations available for viewing for ninety days after the conference. This year, we celebrate our 34th Annual Conference November 11 – 13 in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Tradewinds Resort. 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!
102. Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
DACIA MCCOY (University of Cincinnati), Christine Hoffner Barthold (George Mason University)
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.



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