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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Event Details

Previous Page


Expo Poster Session #122F
Associate Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 27, 2023
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall F
67. Meaningful Applications of Culturo-Behavior Systems Science to Social and Global Issues
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University), José G. Ardila-Sánchez (University of Nevada, Reno), Traci M. Cihon (Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), Kendra Combs (Sparks Behavioral Services), Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal (California State University, Fresno), Kathryn M. Roose (Unaffiliated), Sarah M. Richling (Auburn University), Holly Seniuk (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: Meaningful applications of behavioral systems science to social and global issues have been limited, largely due to lack of preparation and access to critical systems and limited conceptual guidance. In the Matrix Project, Behaviorists for Social Responsibility has worked for six years to address these limitations, emphasizing the potential for behavioral systems analysis to advance the underlying science. The Project currently includes active work groups in four areas: (a) development of a draft training and mentorship directory; syllabi and course units in the areas of sustainability, diversity, education and other areas of social importance; (b) development of state BFSR chapters, with strong emphasis on student involvement, and supporting individual student engagement in socially significant efforts; (c) examining options for increasing integration of behavior analytic data into state and federal policy; and (d) encouraging and disseminating information related to behaviorists’ involvement in activism and advocacy. The role of volunteers is increasingly emphasized for the advancement of the Project and training procedures for measuring volunteerism are being developed. These projects offer exemplars of the conceptual framework underlying and structuring all of these projects—a systemic integration of Goldiamond’s constructional approach and Lutzker’s ecobehavioral work, relying primarily on shifting interlocking and recursive patterns of antecedents (particularly SDs and motivative operations), reducing response effort, and accessing already established reinforcers.
68. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
ZOE LUCOCK (Positive Ageing Consultancy & Training ), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University), Jacqueline Pachis (Eastern Michigan University ), Samantha Jo Zohr (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: The Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group (BGSIG) ( applies the science and philosophy of behavior analysis to wellbeing in later 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.

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Special Interest Group: Forensic Behavior Analysis (Formerly Crime, Delinquency, and Forensic Behavior Analysis)

TIMOTHY TEMPLIN (Endicott College)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been useful in addressing social problems related to the criminal justice field. Examples include the role of training programs in reducing recidivism and prison drug programs. Progress has been made on the treatment of adolescents and children, improved parenting to reduce conduct disorder, and efforts to diminish aggressive behavior in schools. ABA has also helped in the guiding of the court system in identifying effective sanctions (graduated sanctions), understanding the effects of behavioral programs, and team problem-solving in schools for emotionally and behaviorally-disordered students. Our special interest group (SIG) has had some changes in the past year. Our goal is to explain the work we are doing in this very important specialization of ABA.

70. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group
LINDSAY RENEE MEHRKAM (Monmouth University), Erica N. Feuerbacher (Virginia Tech), Laura Perkins (Laura Perkins Animal Behavior), Kimberly Truong (Holding Hands Inc.), JoAnna Platzer (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 as well as a diversity and inclusivity award. This competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students presenting their research during the annual ABAI conference.



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh