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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Poster Session #281
PCH Sunday Poster Session: Even-Numbered Posters
Sunday, May 29, 2022
2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A
Chair: Worner Leland (Sex Ed Continuing Ed)
32. An Examination of Measurement Practices in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (2006-2020)
Area: PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
CAMERON MITTELMAN (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Danyl M.H. Epperheimer (LittleStar ABA; Hoosier ABA; Southern Illinois University; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Jessica Hewetson Gruber (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Vanshika Gupta (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Brian Katz (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Somchart Sakulkoo (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Discussant: Worner Leland (Sex Ed Continuing Ed)
Abstract: A true scientific analysis of behavior originated with continuous, direct measurement of behavior occurrences, most notably as a rate of response measure (Lindsley, 2013). As behavior scientists began exploring applied issues of social relevance, additional measurement procedures began to be utilized, including discontinuous measurement such as time sampling as well as dimensionless quantities such as percent correct. Furthermore, many behavior therapists and practitioners of behavior analyst report a preference for discontinuous measurement procedures, likely due to the logistical challenge of obtaining direct measures of behavior while also leading therapy and instructional sessions (Kolt & Rapp, 2014). Given these anecdotally reported shifts in behavior measurement practices, the aim of this poster is to examine the frequencies per year of various measurement procedures in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA). This poster extends the work of previous investigations of measurement practices in the applied literature (Barrett, 1990; Mudford, Taylor, & Martin, 2009) by examining all issues in JABA from 2006-2020.
Diversity submission 34. A Call to Action: Content Analysis of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Applied Behaviour Analysis
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
Sabrina Palmer (Brock University), Amanda Marie Bailey (Brock University), EMMA CHAIKOWSKY (Brock University), Rachel Sheppard (Brock University), Courtney Denise Bishop (Brock University ), Laura E. Mullins (Brock University)
Discussant: Worner Leland (Sex Ed Continuing Ed)
Abstract: During the 47th ABAI Presidential address, Dr. Carol Pilgrim highlighted, “we have a rapidly expanding discourse on [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] DEI within Behaviour Analysis... wouldn’t it seem good to know the nature of this discourse and be able to follow its development”? This project answers Dr. Pilgrim’s call to action by examining the 47th annual ABAI conference abstracts to provide insight into DEI’s current discourses in ABA through a summative content analysis of the 101 DEI presentations. A manifest analysis provided a descriptive report of the variety of DEI topics, including domain, presentation type, program area, and target populations. Initial results suggest representation of DEI topics in Teaching Behavior Analysis (40%), Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience (33%), and Verbal Behavior (33%) program areas. In contrast, the lower percentage of DEI topics represented in the program areas of Behavior Development (6%), Clinical/Family/Behavioral Medicine (16%), and Organizational Behavior (21%) suggest that these program areas require further attention. A latent analysis provided plausible interpretations of the patterns and breadth of DEI topics. This project helps to raise awareness to the current focus of DEI in ABA and provides recommendations for moving the field forward in research and practice.
36. 50 Years of 7 Dimensions: Adherence to the Seven Dimensions within Research Published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from 1968-2018
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
EDWARD SANABRIA (Centria Healthcare), Danielle Watson (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Julie A. Ackerlund Brandt (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology ), Lyret Carrasquillo (Florida Institute of Technology; The Chicago School; Capella University), Elizabeth Gennari Crosby (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Chivon Niziolek (The Chicago School of Professional psychology), Andrea Wilson (InBloom Autism Services)
Discussant: Worner Leland (Sex Ed Continuing Ed)
Abstract: Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968) identified and described seven dimensions of applied behavior analysis (ABA): applied, behavioral, analytic, technological, conceptual systems, effective, and generality. These dimensions are what separates applied behavior analysis from the experimental analysis of behavior, and provides practitioners with the information necessary to deliver effective and ethical treatments and services to their clients. Using specific definitions of the seven dimensions and a coding tool, we evaluated and assessed various elements of these seven dimensions across 47 volumes of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), from 1968 to 2014. The data suggest that research articles generally satisfy the requirements for being behavioral, analytic, and conceptually systematic. In recent years, research in JABA has been gradually improving in the technological dimension. The data also suggest that the research articles in JABA could improve in the applied, effective, and generality dimensions. The trends in the use of the seven dimensions of ABA should be taken into consideration when planning future applied research and future directions in the field. Are the seven dimensions still current and relevant to applied research? If so, researchers would benefit from building their research methodologies with generalization, technology, and efficacy in mind.



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