Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Poster Session #95
PCH Saturday Poster Session: Even-Numbered Posters
Saturday, May 28, 2022
2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Emily Kennison Sandoz (University of Louisiana Lafayette)
36. Toward an Explicit Technology of Ecological Validity
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
BRINEA OSBORNE (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Javid Rahaman (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Tara A. Fahmie (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Kevin C. Luczynski (University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute), Nicole M. Rodriguez (University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute), Amanda Zangrillo (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute)
Discussant: Emily Kennison Sandoz (University of Louisiana Lafayette),
Abstract: Despite the importance of extending behavior analytic research outside of highly controlled settings, surprisingly little has been written about ecological validity in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Historically, the term ecological validity was used in the psychological sciences to refer to the extent to which experimental conditions of the investigation relate to a real-world context (Schmuckler, 2001). The term has undergone considerable definitional drift over the years, and it is sometimes conflated with external or social validity; thus, an explicit technology of ecological validity requires clarification of the use of the term in behavior analysis. The current poster will display the results of a review of seventy-three articles published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis that reference ecological validity. The purpose of the review was to identify the procedural manipulations that authors have reported when they refer to ecological validity. Based on the outcomes of the review, we also propose a rubric that researchers can use to organize and evaluate study features that are modified to enhance ecological validity.
38. Data Structures for Stimulus Equivalence Software development: Sets or Graphs?
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
Discussant: Emily Kennison Sandoz (University of Louisiana Lafayette),
Abstract: The development of software to use in Stimulus Equivalence experiments requires special planning and the choice of adequate data structures to be in consonance with the theory. The choice of Sets data structure proved to be inadequate to apply the Matching-to-sample tasks and tests, because of some inaccurate details on the procedure using Sets, such as cloning set elements. The choice of linked lists using pointers proved to be more efficient and adequate to the procedures when applying the Graph approach because fixed the bugs and kept traceback information. The Graph Theory uses as main concepts the words: node, arcs, and graph. It also handles properties such as nodal distance, the weight of the arc, node properties, paths, trees, and many others yet to be included in the behavioral experiments, that could be easily implemented in the software.
40. A Survey of the State of the Field of Applied Behavior Analysis in Vermont
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
MEGAN RITCHEY MAYO (Antioch University New England), Audrey N. Hoffmann (Utah Behavior Services)
Discussant: Emily Kennison Sandoz (University of Louisiana Lafayette),
Abstract: As demand for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) in the state of Vermont grows, it is increasingly important to evaluate the status of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) workforce. The goal of this study was to evaluate the current status of the field of ABA within the state of Vermont. We surveyed practicing Registered Behavior Technicians, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, BCBAs, and BCBA-Ds within Vermont. We gathered and analyzed information regarding practitioner training and supervision experiences, current work conditions, strengths and barriers related to education, supervision, practices, and historical and demographic information within the field of ABA in Vermont. This poster summarizes results from the workforce survey and analysis.



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