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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Symposium #229
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Putting the MATRIX Project Into Action: An Update on Projects of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (SIG)
Sunday, May 26, 2024
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Liberty Ballroom Salon A
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
Chair: Amanda N. Chastain (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Discussant: E. Scott Geller (Virginia Tech)
CE Instructor: E. Scott Geller, Ph.D.
Abstract:

The mission of Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (BFSR SIG) is to expand applications of behavior analysis and cultural analysis addressing global issues such as social justice, environmental justice, and human rights. For the past several years BFSR has been using a matrix analysis (Biglan, 1995; Mattaini, 2013) to identify the practices that support, oppose, motivate, and select the development and utilization of scientific behavioral systems to address social issues. Upon identifying 28 societal sectors, work groups comprised of SIG members have been applying the matrix analyses to various issues of social importance. The symposium aims to highlight the work of two of those work groups, the Sustainability Work Group and the Public Health Work Group. Each of these presentations will provide an update on recent actions taken by each work group as members carry out the mission of the BFSR SIG and the matrix project. Implications and future directions will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): culturo-behavior science, Matrix Project, public health, sustainability
Target Audience:

A basic understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of behavior analysis (i.e., principles of reinforcement) would support audience members in understanding the content discussed in this presentation. Additionally, while it is not required to understand, some knowledge of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibilities Matrix Analysis may be beneficial.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Discuss updates on recent practices and outcomes of practices put forth by the Sustainability Work Group of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (BFSR SIG) 2. Discuss updates on recent practices and outcomes of practices put forth by the Public Health Work Group of the BFSR SIG 3. Identify ways in which the matrix analysis can further support targeting social issues such as sustainability and public health.
 
Diversity submission 

Integrating Public Health and Behavior Science: Updates From the Public Health Work Group

(Theory)
JONATHAN A. SCHULZ (University of Nevada, Reno), Traci M. Cihon (Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), Elizabeth Schieber (University of Massachusetts Medical School), Crystal M. Slanzi (Temple University), Sarah Catherine Weinsztok (University of Kansas), Patricia I. Wright (ProofPositive: Autism Wellbeing Alliance )
Abstract:

The purpose of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (BFSR) Public Health Work Group is to explore the intersection between behavioral science and public health. This Work Group explores the ways in which behavioral and public health scientists can collaborate and learn from one another to develop strategies that improve population level outcomes. Previous work by the Work Group includes creating a fact sheet for public health as an ABA subspeciality area for the BACB website, presenting posters and symposium at the ABAI’s Annual Convention, and developing a special section on human behavior and public health for Behavior and Social Issues. Currently, the group is collaborating with other BFSR chapters to facilitate communication and create learning opportunities, identifying faculty who may provide opportunities for students to work in public health areas, building a comprehensive database that contains information on behavioral friendly public health programs, highlighting people who are working in both public health and behavior analysis, listing language that is necessary to work in both areas, and creating panels and posters for behavior analytic conferences.

 
Diversity submission Updates From the Sustainability Working Group of Behaviorists for Social Responsibility
(Theory)
JULIA H. FIEBIG (Ball State University), Molly Benson (Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy), Holly Seniuk (Behavior Analyst Certification Board), Sarah Lichtenberger (BehaviorLive), Molli Luke (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: Climate change has been identified as a “super wicked problem” and is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. The Sustainability Work Group of the Behaviorists for Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (BFSR SIG) is focused on applying the matrix analysis (Biglan, 1995; Mattaini, 2013) to sectors linked to behavior analysis, primarily sectors comprised of behavior analysts (e.g., Association for Behavior Analysis International affiliate chapters, Special Interest Groups, and practitioners). Over the course of the past year, the Sustainability Work Group has focused on the identification of practices that Association for Behavior Analysis International affiliate chapters can take to support their membership in engaging in pro-environmental behaviors and taking climate action, and to make their regional conferences more green. The aim of this presentation is to provide an update on these practices along with a discussion of the outcomes. Future directions and implications of these practices and outcomes will be discussed.
 

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