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 #219
Great Together: Three Models of Interdisciplinary Graduate Training in Applied Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 26, 2024
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon CD
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Sarah Grace Hansen (30306)
CATIA CIVIDINI (University of South Florida)
LESLIE NEELY (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
ROCÍO ROSALES (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

The value and importance of interdisciplinary collaborations is not new to the field of behavior analysis (e.g., Doughty et al., 2023; Rakos, 1983). Some recent publications have highlighted models of collaboration for practicing Board Certified Behavior Analysts (Boivin et al., 2021; LaFrance et al., 2019; Slim & Reuter-Yuill, 2021), yet discussion of how to integrate this sort of training into existing graduate programs has not been widely discussed. The purpose of this panel is to describe three interdisciplinary graduate training programs funded by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Panelists from University of South Florida, University of Texas at San Antonio, and University of Massachusetts Lowell will provide a brief description of each of their projects and the activities employed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Panelists will discuss benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary graduate training in their respective programs, and provide insights on the funding source that helps to support these programs.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe the benefits of a collaborative model of graduate education in behavior analysis training programs. (2) Identify key areas of consideration for successful grant funding to support graduate student training. (3) Discuss challenges related to training graduate students in an interdisciplinary program.
Keyword(s): Collaboration, Graduate Funding, Interdisciplinary Training



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