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 #285
A Celebration of the 50th ABAI Annual Convention: A Reflection of Our Contributions – Past, Present, and Future – to the Science, Application, and Teaching of Behavior Analysis (PDS Panel)
Sunday, May 26, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 202 AB
Area: PCH/TBA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Madeline Rose Risse (University of South Florida)
CLAUDIA L. DOZIER (The University of Kansas)
EDWARD K. MORRIS (University of Kansas)
STEPHANIE M. PETERSON (Western Michigan University)

As we celebrate the milestone of ABAI’s 50th Annual Convention, the rapid advancement of the science of behavior – past, present, and future – is worth discussing. Three panelists have been selected for their unique contributions in ABA, representing a variety of interests, scopes, expertise, and experiences to offer within this presentation. The panel will highlight the contributions of contemporary researchers seeking to understand the panelists' perspectives on how advancements in basic, translational, and applied research have facilitated the development of the field at large. Specifically, we will discuss pivotal moments in the history of ABA and how these advancements helped shape current research methodology and practice. We also seek to critically review the current structure and functioning of the field, including relevant successes and failures, and identify future directions for growth and development. Finally, each panelist will reflect upon their predictions for the future of applied behavior analysis as an association, discipline, and profession. The panel will conclude with a discussion of how to prepare for the future, including necessary enhancements to education and training programs for young and aspiring behavior analyst.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): History, PDS, Research, Teaching



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