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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #273
A Child Psychiatrist, Pediatrician, and Behavior Analyst All Walk Into a Room and...
Sunday, May 26, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 12-13
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Matthew David Lasoski (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
VIRGINIA KAUFMANN (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
MAMATHA CHALLA (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
KRISTINE DELLABADIA (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

A child psychiatrist, general pediatrician, and behavior analyst all walk into a room and... The result is a discussion about how interdisciplinary collaboration on a 10-bed medical behavioral unit at a children's medical hospital has impacted everyone’s professional practice. Collaboration on the medical behavioral unit allowed capacity for practitioners from a variety of disciplines to use their unique skill sets to ensure that patients receive the most effective assessment and treatment. This has resulted in a larger emphasis on behaviorally-based treatments rather than the sole use of psychotropic medications. Non- behavior analytic practitioners report greater proficiency with behavioral terminology, better understanding of behavioral technologies, increased use of behavior analytic assessment and treatment, and overall improved outcomes for patients. Behavior analysts, in turn, gain an understanding about the impact of medical and psychiatric diagnoses on behavior. As a result, practitioners can re-focus resources as needed to patients and families with a greater understanding of why behaviors are occurring as well as providing more targeted treatment.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Collaboration, Medical



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