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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #65
Diversity submission Queering Our Science: How Behavior Analysts Can Work Toward LGBTQ+ Liberation
Saturday, May 28, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 156B
Area: CSS; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Fernanda Suemi Oda, M.A.
Chair: Fernanda Suemi Oda (The University of Kansas)
MATTHEW CAPRIOTTI (San Jose State University)
SARAH CAMPAU (University of Arkansas)
CODY MORRIS (Salve Regina University)

The last thirty years have seen enormous growth in the application of psychological science to better the lives of LGBTQ+ people. Behavior analysts have been largely absent from this movement (Morris, Goetz, & Gabriele-Black, 2021). There has been a recent discourse around harms that behavior analysts have enacted upon LGBTQ+ people in the past, accompanied by a discussion of steps we can take to “do better” in the future. This panel focuses on future actions that behavior analysts can take to support LGBTQ+ people’s wellbeing. Panelists have each done significant professional work in support of LGBTQ+ people; two are members of LGBTQ+ communities, and one has done this work in an ally role. We will discuss both what behavior analysts can do in the domains of research, practice, and organizational behavior and how they can do it. We will also discuss particular considerations behavior analysts at various career stages (e.g., graduate student, early career faculty) and spheres of professional practice. The panel will conclude with ample time for audience questions and discussion.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

N/A, level is beginner

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to: (1) Describe behavior analysts' contributions to research on LGBTQ+ issues. (2) Discuss areas of applied research through which behavior analysts can contribute to knowledge about best practices for promoting the wellness of LGBTQ+ people. (3) Identify current best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ clients, staff, and students.
Keyword(s): diversity, ethics, LGBTQ, social justice



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