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 #499
CE Offered: BACB
Skate Where the Puck is Going: Forecasting the Impact of Megatrends on Applied Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 27, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 202 AB
Area: PCH; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Jessica L Becraft, Ph.D.
Chair: Jessica L Becraft (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
JOHN C. BORRERO (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
DAWN ALLISON BAILEY (Oregon Institute of Technology)
MICHAEL CATALDO (Kennedy Krieger Institute)

Megatrends are powerful, irreversible changes that fundamentally transform society. Notable megatrends include the industrial revolution, urbanization, and digitalization. As with any area of society, the field of applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) would benefit from forecasting and preparing for megatrends. ABA formally emerged over 50 years ago with the formation of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. In that time, behavior analysts have demonstrated the ability to have a meaningful impact in areas of societal importance including (but not limited to) severe challenging behavior, language acquisition, drug addiction, and workplace behavior. However, the ability for behavior analysts to continue to make a difference depends, in part, on the field’s ability to plan for the rising megatrends. The purpose of this panel is to discuss (a) current and predicted megatrends and (b) ways ABA can best continue to impact society. As leaders in academia, research, and service delivery, panelists will provide insight into megatrends that they believe are important to ABA and strategies for and examples of preparing for megatrends.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

BACB/BACB-D; Audience members should have a solid foundation in the assumptions of behavior analysis and general knowledge on the application of behavior analysis to address societal concerns.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify at least two megatrends that behavior analysts can prepare for. (2) Discuss at least one way that behavior analysts can prepare for megatrends in research, training, or service delivery. (3) Discuss actions that behavior analysts can take to increase the impact of behavior analysis in society.
Keyword(s): artificial intelligence, megatrends, technology



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