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 #11
Associate Special Interest Group Expo Poster Session
Friday, May 28, 2021
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
95. 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. 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!
96. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University), Jose Ardila (University of Nevada), Kendra Combs (Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research), Sarah M. Richling (Auburn University), Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago), Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas), Holly Seniuk (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
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 affiliated SIG of ABAI and welcomes all ABAI members to join the discussions and contribute to progressive social change.
97. ABAI Special Interest Group: Crime, Delinquency, and Forensic Behavior Analysis
Abstract: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been useful in addressing societal problems related to the criminal justice field. For example, the role of training programs in reducing recidivism and the implementation of prison drug programs. An important impact has been on the treatment of adolescents and children, improved parenting to reduce conduct disorder and efforts to diminish aggressive behavior and assaults in school. In addition, assistance in guiding the court system in identifying effective sanctions, called graduated sanctions, understanding the effects of behavioral/cognitive-behavioral programs on recidivism, functional behavioral assessment, and team problem solving in schools for emotionally and behaviorally-disordered students. ABA has also impacted the assessment of child sexual abuse.
98. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
JACQUELINE PACHIS (Eastern Michigan University; Center for the Advancement of Neurobehavioral Health), Zoe Lucock (N/A), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo Metropolitan University), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University; Center for the Advancement of Neurobehavioral Health)
Abstract: The Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group (SIG) applies the science and philosophy of behavior analysis to wellbeing in 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 prevention of ageist practices, 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.



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