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 #170
Affiliate Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 28, 2022
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A

Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group

DANIELLE LAFRANCE (Elemy Autism Care; Hunter College - City University of New York), Andresa De Souza (University of Missouri St. Louis), Mirela Cengher (UMBC)

The mission of the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VB SIG) is to disseminate theory, research, and practice to all those interested in Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior and a behavioral approach to language. Our dedicated group of elected council members carry out the many functions of the VB SIG. VB News, the SIG’s newsletter, is published three times annually with featured labs, interviews, and articles by both students and influential researchers. The VB SIG Student Group is a forum for students to discuss verbal behavior and write article summaries for our website and newsletter. Students can apply to two annual research awards: one for a completed research project in verbal behavior, and one for a grant proposal for a study in verbal behavior. These awards are presented at the annual business meeting at ABAI, as is the Jack Michael Award for enduring contributions to the study of verbal behavior. There are many ways to interact with others interested in verbal behavior, such as through our website, our listserv, Facebook, emails, and other outlets. The VB SIG Expo poster is a wonderful way for people to learn about the VB SIG and get involved.


Open Educational Resources ABAI Special Interest Group

Veronica Howard (University of Alaska Anchorage)

The Open Educational Resources SIG aims to promote the adoption, creation, and dissemination of open educational resources in behavior analysis. We build a community of passionate advocates, providing a forum for OER creators to collaborate on new projects, highlight new resources, and reduce the individual workload required to create and manage OERs. We also work to disseminate news about OER and the empirical benefits of these resources within and beyond our membership. Join us to learn more about the benefits of open educational resources for promoting student success and aiding in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.


Standard Celeration Society

SALVADOR RUIZ (University of West Florida), Kent A. Corso (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC), Mary Kathryn Reagan (Jacksonville State University)

Standard Celeration Society By the SCS Board of Directors The Standard Celeration Society (SCS) became an ABAI special interest group in 1995. The mission of the SCS states to uphold and advance the defining features and conventions of the standard celeration chart. The SCS aims to function as a friendly and enduring forum, supporting application and dissemination of standard celeration charting across an expanding range of practitioners and other stakeholders. The values of the SCS that guide behavior in fulfilling the mission include acknowledgement and appreciation of the founding principles and applications of our science (e.g., “standing on the shoulders of giants”), authenticity, inclusivity, legacy, community, and kindness. Since 2015, the SCS has employed an organizational structure composed of a board of directors and volunteer leadership teams that actively work toward implementing new and maintaining current initiatives designed to further the organization’s mission. We have an active board of directors comprised of five members, each on 3-year terms. In addition to the board, the organization also consists of an executive director, vice presidents, and associate vice presidents. The board of directors provides guidance and decision-making for the SCS executive director, who carries out board initiatives with vice presidents, associate vice presidents, and other volunteers. Current leadership teams include finance, programs, membership, scientific and academic relations, public relations, operations, international relations, diversity, and website services. Since the beginning of 2015, our leadership teams have actively developed the underlying systems to support the SIG’s structure and facilitate institutional memory as there is transition in our leadership roles, an important component for voluntary leadership teams to maintain productivity. Current priority initiatives include providing more free continuing education opportunities for members, publication resources, and training program locations for students interested in academic training, internships, and externships, among others. The SCS offers membership for a low cost and includes discounted rates to annual conference each year, access to the historical publication database of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, and soon to be announced web-based continuing education events (annual fees: sustaining, $100; full, $50; student, $25). Current initiatives also aim to highlight our organization’s entrepreneurial members. The skills of the members, including insights and strategies developed over decades of business development in the area of precision teaching, are made available to others looking to start their own businesses. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the SCS, as this organization has a long history of entrepreneurs creating successful operations that provide clinical/educational services outside the mainstream of applied behavior analysis. Finally, as in many prior years, new and seasoned precision teachers gathered to learn and share research and clinical data at the SCS Annual Conference in November 2021 with both live and virtual attendance options. The society was honored to have Dr. Kent Corso and Kirk Kirby as keynote speakers along with an array of invited addresses, panels, and paper symposia. The SCS awarded Stuart Harder with the Ogden R. Lindsley lifetime achievement award. Additionally, the conference offered a poster session and the annual chart share. This year, we celebrate our 35th Annual Conference November 3 – 5 in Denver, Colorado at the Curtis Hotel. Please visit for more information regarding the conference. The SCS eagerly welcomes new charters and members into our community. This nurturing group is full of brilliant and seasoned professionals who are always willing to offer advice or mentorship. Simply become a member and see the opportunities accelerate!

103. Clinical Special Interest Group
EMILY THOMAS JOHNSON (Behavior Attention and Developmental Disabilities Consultants, LLC), Thomas J. Waltz (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: The Clinical Special Interest Group of ABAI is dedicated to facilitating collaboration of researchers and clinicians in further development and application of applied behavior analysis in clinical populations. We will be distributing the latest issue of our newsletter at the ABAI Expo. Please stop by and get connected with others in this exciting field.
104. Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SPABA)
NIKIA DOWER (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Tracie L. Lindblad (Tracie Lindblad Consulting), Lina M. Slim (ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC; Endicott College; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Deirdre M. Muldoon (The College of Saint Rose), Heather Forbes (The University of Kansas - PhD Student ), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavioral Consultants, LLC), Sophie Millon (Portland Public Schools; Portland State University), Sari Risen (Action Potential Services)
Abstract: The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) SIG poster will provide information about the SIG’s mission, the composition of membership, the treatment and research areas applicable to the members of the SIG, and finally the various benefits of membership in and donation to the SIG. The SIG's mission is to promote the dissemination of behaviorally oriented speech and language research as well as, the application of evidence-based practices relevant to the full range of services provided by speech and language professionals. The SIG is also committed to interprofessional collaboration and practice and as such, works to provide pertinent information to both SLPs and BCBAs regarding related services, scope of practice, and scope of competence. Expo attendees will also receive information about resources available on the SIG's website and various social media platforms. Opportunities to serve on the SIG's committees will be discussed and members of the SIG's Executive Committee will be present to answer visitor questions.
105. Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group
SHARLET D. RAFACZ (California State University, Fresno), Rocky Perez (Western Michigan University), Julie M. Slowiak (University of Minnesota Duluth; InJewel LLC), Natalie Juhlin (U.S. Army Reserves), Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres (Capella University), Rachel Nicole Sobol Foster (University of Kansas, Applied Behavioral Science Department)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group's purpose is to educate, coordinate, and provide resources to behavior analysts and other members of society seeking to address human challenges in health, sport, and fitness through the application of the science of behavior analysis.The purpose of the organization is fulfilled through: (1) Educating behavior analysts and other members of society and increasing awareness, visibility, and understanding of the application of the science of behavior analysis to health, sport, and fitness; (2) Disseminating information about the practice of behavior analysis and educational and training opportunities relevant to practice of behavior analysis in the areas of health, sport, and fitness; (3) Providing a professional network and access to educational and training resources (e.g., continuing education events, mentorship opportunities) for its members; (4) Obtaining financial resources to support research grants for behavior analysts who seek to conduct research with the objective to develop or evaluate behavior analytic interventions to resolve human challenges in health, sport, and fitness; and (5) Collaborating with other non-profit organizations, healthcare agencies, and health, sport, and fitness professionals to maximize our impact on current efforts. Members of the Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group have the opportunity to learn how to become competent practitioners in the areas of health, sport, and fitness as behavior analysts, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with one to increase the current research base within these areas of practice.
106. Organizational Behavior Management Network
SHANNON BIAGI (Chief Motivating Officers)
Abstract: Founded in 1982, the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network exists to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of Organizational Behavior Management through research, education, practice, and collaboration. The OBM Network accomplishes this mission through networking, journal publications, newsletters, online resources, CEU events, and a bi-annual conference.
107. Behavior Analysis in Military and Veterans' SIG
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), Kent A. Corso (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC)
Abstract: The MilVet SIG continues to pursue gaining more traction in the use of applied behavior analysis within the military. The primary areas of use continue to be Tricare's ECHO program for Autism and small portions of the Department of Veteran Affairs. For millennia, with or without the use of behavioral terminology and deliberate planning, the military has practiced the tenets and technology of respondent and operant behavior conditioning and concepts while training troops. Through an analysis of the military’s use of respondent and operant techniques, this poster examines ways in which the military of various countries across time have employed these principles. The authors provide a summary and analysis of how these principles change the behavior of service members, while also summarizing the existing use of practices and terms. The authors include a potential method for re-training service members who have suffered trauma based on the military’s current training models. This could reduce the incidence of the personal, military, and financial costs of PTSD and suicide. The recent projects of John Borgen and of Emily Leeming aid in our knowledge.

Your Brain on Behavior… Neuroscience Special Interest Group

SUZANNE H. MITCHELL (Oregon Health & Science University)

The Neuroscience SIG brings together researchers, academics, clinicians, and students interested in the intersections of behavior analysis and neuroscience and has four primary missions: (1) to introduce behavior analytic research to the neurosciences and introduce neuroscience research to behavior analysis; (2) to serve as both a meeting place and training environment for students and professionals alike interested in basic and applied neuroscience research; (3) to serve as a forum for collaborative relationships, funding applications, and the sharing of best practice; and (4) to advocate for and promote high standards in the application of behavior analytic treatments for individuals with neurological dysfunction.

109. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
BARBARA GROSS (Missouri Behavior Consulting; Sex Ed Continuing Ed)
Abstract: The Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group exists to help disseminate empirically verified information regarding sex education and sex research to behavior analysts working in applied settings. The Sexual Behavior SIG also supports basic and applied research on the emergence and maintenance of human sexual behavior in typically developing individuals, individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, and other populations. Members or this special interest group include professionals, teachers, direct service providers, parents, and consumers who are concerned with issues of sex therapy, sex education, and sex research. Sexual Behavior SIG was founded in 2007 as STEP SIG and has been providing a symposium at the annual convention of ABAI since its inception, sharing both conceptual and empirical presentations with conference attendees.
110. History of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
EDWARD K. MORRIS (University of Kansas)
Abstract: The History of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International was founded in 2011. Our aim is to advance behavior analysis nationally and internationally through its history and historiography. Our mission is to cultivate and nurture, enrich and improve, and disseminate the field’s history and historiography. Our objectives are to enhance teaching: course content and pedagogy; research: presentations, publications, and workshops; and service: leadership, governance, and communications. Our purview is the field’s long past, short history, and recent origins. Our audience includes behavior analysts, other scientists and humanists, and the public at large. This year, the SIG’s goals have been to establish By-Laws and a governance and committee structure. This poster will describe how. The By-Laws will include positions, policies, and procedures for the SIG’s governance (e.g., an Executive Council) and its committees (e.g., awards, bibliographies, communications, syllabus bank, archives, membership, website). To become a SIG member, contact Pat Williams at To participate in its governance and committees, contact the SIG president (Edward K. Morris at
111. Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group
JULIA H. FIEBIG (Ball State University; AGI), Jessica Ghai (Boston University), Jordan Belisle (Missouri State University), Elizabeth Meshes (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group was established to advance applications of behavior analysis to environmental issues that contribute to the development of solutions to climate change, pollution, over-consumption of resources, imbalances of environmental sustainability. Information on BASS mission, events, membership, and other pertinent information will be presented in poster format.
112. Rehabilitation and Independent Living Special Interest Group
CHRIS PERSEL (Centre for Neuro Skills), Anneka Hofschneider (Centre for Neuro Skills)
Abstract: The Rehabilitation and Independent Living Special Interest Group (R.a.I.L.), established in 1981, has continued to support the integration of Behavior Analysis in the field of rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation and related areas, especially for those individuals that have experienced a brain injury. Patients with acquired brain injuries or other neurological disabilities require behavior analysts to develop treatment programs in settings such as hospitals, free-standing clinics and private rehabilitation facilities with multidisciplinary teams. These individuals may also be dealing with complex, related medical conditions, intense psychosocial challenges and significant disruption to their lives. The R.a.I.L. Special Interest Group meets provide information, support and connections for those interested in this population.
113. Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group
GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons University)
Abstract: The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysts International focuses on the application of behavior analytic methodology to the prevention and treatment of behaviors associated with chronic illness and disease, and the promotion of behaviors associated with improved health and treatment adherence. The role of behavior analysis is important in the field of behavioral medicine. It is the mission of the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group to encourage interdisciplinary research in the areas of behavioral health promotion, emphasizing the need for function-based and empirically validated treatments for chronic health disorders. The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group offers students, researchers, practitioners, and consumers opportunities to discuss issues related to public health promotion and disease prevention. All are welcome to join the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group. We hope that the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group will help consumers and practitioners better understand the role of behavior analysis in the field of behavioral medicine, and provide an outlet for discussions of current and developing research within the field.
114. Behavior Analysis SIG on Supervision (BASIGS)
LINA M. SLIM (ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC; Endicott College; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Susan Ainsleigh (Bay Path University), Kasey Gerhart (A New Leaf Therapeutic Services PLLC)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis SIG on Supervision (BASIGS) was approved by ABAI on November 23, 2020. BASIGS The mission is to develop, promote, and advocate for exemplary training of behavior analysts as supervisors; promote competence in cultural humility, diversity awareness, and cultural responsiveness; and promote best practices in the supervision of behavior analysts that lead to improved quality of health and education for all those served. BASIGS vision is to transform the provision of supervision through education, mentorship, and coaching to promote the professional and personal development of Behavior Analysts achieving elevated standards of performance and execution in the field. BASIGS goals are to develop and design a standardized curriculum for supervision and collaborate with other SIGs and behavior analytic organizations for integrity measures and dissemination efforts. The grand strategy of BASIGS to include three objectives: Create a Unified Purpose, Reach Academia, and develop a Mandate.
115. Gambling Special Interest Group
RYAN C. SPEELMAN (Pittsburg State University)
Abstract: Goal: The goal of the gambling special interest group is to foster the growth of gambling research in behavior analysis through collaborative research efforts, the coordination of presentations, and the sharing of resources to the mutual benefit of the field, its adherents, and those who are impacted by such endeavors. Membership: Membership to the gambling special interest group is to open to any Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABAI) member and all professionals interested in gambling. All members are encouraged to participate, give input, and contribute to the G-SIG community of researchers and practitioners. Gambling Research Software: Gambling Special Interest Group (GSIG) members enjoy access to several custom-made, dynamic software programs used in gambling research. Custom software includes roulette, dice rolling, and slot machine configurations.
116. Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) Special Interest Group
SOPHIA R D'AGOSTINO (Utah State University)
Abstract: The Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI) Special Interest Group shares their mission, resources, and opportunities to connect and collaborate.



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