Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #141
CE Offered: BACB
Overcoming Challenges Associated With Conducting Behavior Analytic Research in Neurorehabilitation Settings
Saturday, May 28, 2022
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 103
Area: CBM/EAB; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Christina M. Peters, Ph.D.
Chair: Christina M. Peters (Brock University)
JEFF KUPFER (University of Colorado Denver)
MICHAEL P. MOZZONI (Mozzoni & Associates LLC)
KARL FANNAR GUNNARSSON (The National University Hospital of Iceland)

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide (IBIA, 2021). Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is demonstrated to be effective in addressing several of the behavioral challenges associated with acquired brain injury (Jacobs, 2000). However, a recent comprehensive literature review demonstrates that additional research, especially research with high methodical rigor, is still needed (Heinicke & Carr, 2014). The lack of research in acquired brain injury presents vast opportunities for behavior analysts who wish to pursue this important line of investigation. Several unique circumstances associated with brain injury and its treatment may pose challenges to researchers, including but not limited to: difficulty recruiting participants, the need to balance rehabilitation efforts with research participation, and issues related to obtaining informed consent. This panel will bring together three top experts who have successfully conducted research in this domain. Discussion will focus on the challenges associated with this line of research and efforts to support future growth in this important area.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe at least 3 challenges with conducting behavior-analytic research in neurorehabilitation settings; (2) differentiate between behavioral interventions that are considered evidence-based vs. experimental for those with brain injury; (3) describe at least two strategies for addressing barriers associated with conducting behavior-analytic research in neurorehabilitation settings.
Keyword(s): brain injury, neurorehabiliation, research ethics



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