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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Expo Poster Session #171
Associate Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 28, 2022
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A

Behavioral Development Special Interest Group

GLADYS WILLIAMS (CIEL), Jessica Singer-Dudek (Teachers College, Columbia University)

The Behavioral Development SIG of the Association for Behavior Analysis was created with the mission to promote and support research and theory designed to identify environmental variables that establish and interact with behavioral development, and show how these variables relate to behavioral principles and instructional procedures in other areas, and how they can be manipulated to promote desirable developmental outcomes. Specifically, the organization shall: (a) Serve as a scientific and professional reference and networking group for its members, (b) Disseminate information to promote its mission to a wider audience, (c) Organize an annual business meeting to provide a forum for discussion of the affairs of the chapter, and (d) Recognize individuals or groups of individuals who have made significant contributions to further the cause of this SIG. Conference attendees are invited to come and meet the members of the Dev SIG and learn more!

96. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University), Jose Ardila (University of Nevada), Traci M. Cihon (University of North Texas), Kendra Combs (Sparks Behavioral Services), Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal (University of Nevada, Reno), Sarah M. Richling (Auburn University), Kathryn M. Roose (University of Nevada, Reno), Holly Seniuk (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: Behaviorists for Social Responsibility is the Association for Behavior Analysis International's oldest Special Interest Group, dating back to 1977 as Behaviorists for Social Action. The group offers behavior analysts the opportunity to meet other behavior analysts with progressive social and political perspectives, to develop programming in the convention and field that advances progressive social problem solving, and to provide prompts that facilitate research and applied interventions that address progressive solutions to a wide range of social problems and issues. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility recently transferred the peer-reviewed open-access journal Behavior and Social Issues to ABAI, so now concentrates on presenting symposia, workshops, and papers at the annual ABAI convention. It also initiated its Matrix Project about five years, an effort to foster pragmatic, concrete problem-solving interventions in 26 societal sectors, such as education and politics. A goal of the Matrix Project is to interest additional behavior analysts to join Matrix teams working in the initial sectors. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility is an affiliated SIG of ABAI and welcomes all ABAI members to join the discussions and contribute to progressive social change..
97. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group
LINDSAY RENEE MEHRKAM (Monmouth University), Erica N. Feuerbacher (Virginia Tech)
Abstract: The Applied Animal Behavior (AAB) SIG brings together individuals who specialize in or have an interest in the application of behavior analysis to the appreciation, understanding, and management of animal behavior across species. The AAB SIG has three primary purposes: 1) To promote behavior analytic research and the exchange of scientific information in the area of animal behavior; 2) To advocate for and promote high standards in the application of methods and techniques of behavior change with animals in applied settings; and 3) To support and promote excellence in the education and research practices of individuals dedicated to the study and management of animal behavior in applied settings. Membership of the AAB SIG is diverse and includes academicians, researchers, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines dedicated to, affiliated with or interested in animal behavior in applied settings. We welcome new members who share our interest in animal behavior and applied behavior analysis. The AAB SIG offers an annual student research award in honor of Marian Breland Bailey. This competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students presenting their research during the annual ABAI conference.
98. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
PEIQI LU (Eastern Michigan University), Zoe Lucock (Positive Ageing Consultancy & Training ), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Reykjavík University), Jacqueline Pachis (Eastern Michigan University), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University; Center for the Advancement of Neurobehavioral Health)
Abstract: The Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group (BGSIG) ( applies the science and philosophy of behavior analysis to wellbeing in later in life, typically referring to ages 65 and older. The Expo poster and its presenters will offer information about current areas of special interest to behavior analysts, such as prevention of ageist practices, self-management for health promotion and disease prevention in later life, staff or family training, individual clinical interventions, and human operant studies. The poster will detail the goals of the SIG, its activities, and the benefits of SIG membership along with social media links and contact information.
99. ABAI Special Interest Group: Crime, Delinquency, and Forensic Behavior Analysis
Abstract: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been useful in addressing societal problems related to the criminal justice field. For example, the role of working with families in reducing recidivism as well as prison drug programs. An important impact has been on the treatment of adolescents and children regarding conduct disorder and methods to reduce aggressive behavior in school. Our mission is to ensure that those in the criminal justice fields have access to appropriate, evidence-based, behavior analytic, therapeutic resources to reduce crime and delinquency. Special Interest Group (SIG) members have testified on behavioral interventions to reduce crime. Continued advocacy and research are needed to make behavior analytic services available to criminal justice, mental health, military and veterans fields and to document the efficacy of behavior analysis in these applications. In the last year, SIG members have been part of a special webinar series: Novel Uses of Applied Behavior Analysis - currently available to view online. Podcasts and other public events have helped disseminate this specialty of behavior analysis to a wider audience.



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