Association for Behavior Analysis International

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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Invited Panel #463
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission The Social Context: How Sociologists Can Help Behaviorists and How Behaviorists Can Help Sociologists Address Inequality
Monday, May 31, 2021
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Thomas Szabo (Florida Institute of Technology)
CE Instructor: Thomas Szabo, Ph.D.
Panelists: BRUCE HAYNES (University of California, Davis), JULYSE MIGAN-GANDONOU HORR (Florida Institute of Technology), CORTENEE BOULARD (Florida Institute of Technology), VANESSA BETHEA-MILLER (Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting)

Sociologists describe the racialization of social contexts (Du Bois, 1903) as a process by which human relationships to self and others, geographic locations, and social institutions are rigidly organized such that they produce and reproduce unjust social hierarchies. Skinner (1956) proposed a way of assisting social scientists to break “social contexts” into manipulable events, such as conditions of deprivation and aversive stimulation, reinforcers, and stimuli that evoke behavior that has produced reinforcers in the past. Haynes (2016) has similarly criticized the use of reified terms like “social context” and suggested a more complex analysis of verbal categorizations that reproduce social stratification. To date, few social scientists have made use of Skinner’s pragmatic toolset. Likewise, remarkably few behavior analysts produce scholarly, empirical, or social service outcomes in the area of social justice. In this panel, scholars from the perspectives of behavior analysis and sociology will discuss tools they might lend one another and potentials for future pragmatic and academic collaboration.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) compare sociological and behavioral claims regarding the production and reproduction of social hierarchies; (2) apply Skinner’s (1956) and Haynes (2021) critiques of reified terms such as “social context” to operations that produce social stratification and racial injustice; (3) discuss social justice in terms of Haynes’, Skinner’s, and RFT’s analysis of verbal categorization.
BRUCE HAYNES (University of California, Davis)
Dr. Haynes was born in Harlem, New York. After receiving his BA in sociology from Manhattanville College, he conducted applied research under sociologist and jury expert Jay Schulman, selecting juries for trials throughout New York State. From there he went on to earn a doctorate in sociology from the City University of New York (1995) and was appointed Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Yale University in 1995. In 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, where he now serves as Professor of Sociology. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. His research interests include ethnographic projects with an eye toward linking everyday social life to the historical contexts in which life unfolds. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries of American Studies, Community and Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Religion, and Jewish Studies while it remains embedded squarely in traditional historical and qualitative methodologies of Sociology.
JULYSE MIGAN-GANDONOU HORR (Florida Institute of Technology)
Dr. Horr is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral Level (BCBA-D), a Texas-Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA), and the owner and founder of ABA Clinical & Training Solutions, LLC (a consulting agency which aims to help ABA organizations with their training and clinical needs). She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the ABA Practicum & Fieldwork Coordinator at the University of North Dakota’s M.S. in Special Education and ABA program. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida Institute of Technology’s and Ouachita Baptist University’s M.A. and M.S. in ABA programs, respectively.   Dr. Horr’s primary research interests involve behavioral economics, specifically delay discounting, effort discounting, and choice behavior. She has presented on those topics (and others) at local and national behavior analytic conferences. She has published two studies and currently has one manuscript in press and two in preparation.
CORTENEE BOULARD (Florida Institute of Technology)

Corteneé Boulard is a behavior technician who is pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Following the completion of this degree, she plans to obtain her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Missouri State University. Corteneé has been in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for four years, and has loved every bit of it. She has worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in both the home and clinic-based settings and volunteered in Cape Coast as well as Accra, Ghana to apply ABA internationally. What she has gathered from her international experience is that the need for dissemination of ABA is great. Not only is she passionate about dissemination of ABA internationally, but she has a growing desire to disseminate ABA to at-risk youth within her community. Corteneé currently serves as a mentor (and “big sister”) to many youth in her community and has a passion for utilizing the science of behavior towards helping them reach successful outcomes.

VANESSA BETHEA-MILLER (Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting)

Vanessa Bethea-Miller is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and PA Licensed Behavior Specialist. Vanessa is the founder of Bethea-Miller Behavioral Consulting and Shaping Tomorrow Child Care Services, an ABA-based daycare and preschool, and the co-founder of the ABA Task Force. She is also the author of “I Know What I Want to Be,” a sweet children's book about a young girl exploring different careers in science before deciding she wants to be a Behavior Analyst. Vanessa is pursuing her doctorate of philosophy in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and currently holds a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology with a concentration in ABA, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and an Associate's degree in Business Administration. Vanessa has dedicated her time to working with children and adults with Autism and/or Developmental Disabilities, with or without a co-occurring mental illness. She is passionate about providing quality and effective ABA services to this population as well as children in need of behavior supports. In addition to this, Vanessa provides coaching and mentoring to other individuals starting their own ABA practices. Vanessa also teaches courses in behavior analysis at the college level. She has presented internationally on various topics such as the application of ABA to the juvenile justice population, implicit racial bias, etc. Lastly, Vanessa has utilized components of school-wide positive behavior support with an emphasis on behavior analysis and applied them to a juvenile detention center during a practicum experience. 




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