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 #342
PDS: How to Navigate the Field of Public Health as a Behavior Analyst
Sunday, May 26, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon F
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
Chair: Sadie Lynn Klassen (Student)
TRACI M. CIHON (Behaviorists for Social Responsibility)
JONATHAN A. SCHULZ (University of Nevada, Reno)
CRYSTAL M. SLANZI (Temple University)

Traditionally, multidisciplinary work between behavior analysis and varying fields has been limited due to the fundamental features of our science. Behavior analytic principles, methodologies, and interventions are traditionally developed to accommodate the individual, which means topics that involve large group analysis and intervention are rarely addressed. An example of this is the minimal amount of research that has been done in the broad area of public health, as the domain that addresses the population's health as a whole. Drs. Traci Cihon's, Jay Shulz's, and Crystal Slanzi's works in the area of public health highlight the contribution of Behavior Analysis that, however, needs to be expanded and strengthened. This panel will discuss our role as behavior analysts in public health spaces, where behavior analytic principles, methodologies, and interventions can be adapted and modified to successfully integrate the large population health systems already in place. Ideally, by attending this professional development series, there will be the opportunity to further your knowledge of research and career opportunities available to behavior analysts outside of traditional basic and applied spaces, as well as explore what it looks like to attempt to penetrate a field that may challenge our ways of perceiving scientific endeavors.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Behavioral Health, Global Health, Public Health



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