Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Symposium #317
Diversity submission Putting the MATRIX Project Into Action: An Update on Projects of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility SIG
Monday, May 29, 2023
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall D-G
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
Chair: Kathryn M. Roose (Unaffiliated)
Discussant: Holly Seniuk (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: The mission of Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (BFSR SIG) is to expand applications of behavior analysis and cultural analysis addressing global issues such as social justice, environmental justice, and human rights. For the past several years BFSR has been using a matrix analysis (Biglan, 1995; Mattaini, 2013) to identify the practices that support, oppose, motivate, and select the development and utilization of scientific behavioral systems to address social issues. Upon identifying 28 societal sectors, work groups comprised of SIG members have been applying the matrix analyses to various issues of social importance. This symposium will highlight the work of two of those work groups, the Sustainability Work Group and the Public Health Work Group.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): cultural analysis, culturo-behavior science, public health, sustainability
Diversity submission Exploring the Intersection of Behavior Science and Public Health
JONATHAN A. SCHULZ (Vermont Center on Behavior and Health)
Abstract: The purpose of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (BFSR) Public Health Work Group is to explore the intersection between behavior science and public health. This work group explores the ways in which behavior scientists and public health workers can collaborate and learn from one another to affect population level outcomes. In the past year, the group has created a fact sheet for public health as an ABA subspeciality area for the BACB website and presented a poster at ABAI’s 48th Annual Convention. Currently, the group is working on developing a call for submissions to a multi-journal collection exploring the assessment and measurement of behavior change of public health importance; writing manuscripts related to the relationship between public health and behavior science; and creating panels, symposiums, and posters for behavior analytic conferences.
Diversity submission 

Exploring the Role of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)’s Affiliate Chapters in Addressing Climate Change

MOLLY BENSON (Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy), Holly Seniuk (Behavior Analyst Certification Board), Sarah Lichtenberger (Behavior Analyst Certification Board), Julia H. Fiebig (Ball State University), Molli Luke (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)

Climate change has been identified as a “super wicked problem” and is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. The Sustainability Work Group of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (BFSR SIG) is focused on applying the matrix analysis to sectors linked to behavior analysis, primarily sectors comprised of behavior analysts (e.g., ABAI affiliate chapters, SIGs, practitioners). Over the past year the work group has focused on identifying practices that ABAI affiliate chapters can take support to their membership in engaging in pro-environmental behaviors and taking climate action, and making their regional conferences more green. This presentation will discuss those practices. Additionally, the work group has developed a survey to support conference organizers in evaluating their current practices in relation to sustainability. The survey is currently being piloted with some affiliate chapters. In this presentation the survey will be shared along with a description of the development of the survey and discussion of future directions.




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