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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Symposium #128
CE Offered: BACB
Considerations to Effective Dissemination of Behavior Science
Saturday, May 25, 2024
3:00 PM–4:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon AB
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Sara Lalani (The Chicago School; Behavior Analyst Advising, LLC )
Discussant: Dorothy Xuan Zhang (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
CE Instructor: Dorothy Xuan Zhang, Ph.D.
Abstract: Dissemination is a key component of the research process within the behavioral sciences. This is especially true given the importance of evidence-based practice in the service delivery domains. Several fields have developed resources dedicated to training and supporting their scientists and practitioners as they are encouraged to disseminate within in their field and to the larger public audience (Brazeu et al., 2008; Fowler 2010 & 2011). While the behavioral sciences have several resources for design and research methodology (Cooper et al., 2020; Ledford & Gast, 2018; Kennedy & Edmonds, 2017), there is a lack of formal guidance in the publication and presentation processes. Each of the presentations in this symposium will touch on considerations and strategies for dissemination. First, exploration related to reporting results will be presented. Next, we will walk you through the journal submission process. Then, we will share strategies to get your research noticed. Finally, we will share additional considerations when disseminating across international and interprofessional audiences. This symposium is based on the textbook Disseminating Behavior Science (in press).
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Dissemination, Journal Submission, Manuscript Preparation
Target Audience: Intermediate; attendees must have a foundational understanding of how to conduct research, this session will focus on the next steps once research is completed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify how to select data to display and appropriate data analytic strategies (2) describe the steps required to submit a manuscript to a journal, (3) describe how to monitor and evaluate the impact of their own research, (4) identify strategies to mitigate issues unique to international dissemination.
Reporting Results for a Behavior-Science Audience
JACQUELINE D DEBARTELO (Student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Megan A. Boyle (Upstate Caring Partners), Sean Smith (SUNY Upstate Medical University), William Sullivan (Golisano Children's Hospital & Center for Special Needs; SUNY Upstate Medical University), Andrew R. Craig (SUNY Upstate Medical University)
Abstract: When disseminating research in the form of a manuscript, researchers showcase their outcomes in the Results section. Data are the foundation of any healthy scientific discipline, and scientific progress depends on the effective communication of data. Inasmuch, the potential impact of a manuscript depends heavily on the quality of its Results section. In this presentation, we will explore topics that authors must consider when they set out to write a Results section. These include identifying which data to display, selecting appropriate data-analysis strategies, graphically displaying data, and ensuring integrity in data reporting. Much of the material that we cover may be considered standard fare when writing a Results section, but we also provide aspirational recommendations to enhance research transparency and to encourage healthy scientific behavior on the part of authors. This presentation was developed by behavioral scientists with an audience of behavioral scientists in mind. Inasmuch, we will present material in a manner that is tailored for a behavioral audience. Nevertheless, our recommendations would also be helpful to scientists from a wide range of disciplines.
“Major Tom to Ground Control” – Disseminating Behavioral Research in the Digital Age
MICHELLE SERENO (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Julianne Dicocco (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology/ Union School District)
Abstract: Nearly all academic journals now utilize digital editorial management systems. These systems streamline manuscript submission and facilitate post-submission accessibility for authors and editorial staff. Critics of digital editorial systems note challenges associated with variations in procedures and requirements between submission systems and across journals. Errors in the submission process can mean significant delays in manuscript review or even desk rejection. Fortunately, common errors can be avoided with pre-planning, organization, and attention to detail. In this presentation, we discuss common pitfalls in the submission process as cited in the literature. Using examples from flagship journals in the social sciences, we highlight variations in requirements. We drill down on formatting nuances and current standards for data reporting and sharing. We decipher attestations, declarations, and other required statements. We present a framework for the cover letter as a tool for succinctly describing your manuscript and related components. Attendees will leave the presentation with practical strategies for facilitating error-free submission.
Maximizing the Impact: A Roadmap for Effective Dissemination of Behavioral Research
YORS A. GARCIA (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), Meredith L. Andrews (The Chicago School), Amanda M Muñoz-Martinez (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia), Estefanía Junca (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)
Abstract: Historically, the scientific community has relied on the inherent quality of research to speak for itself, often neglecting active dissemination strategies. However, in today's digital age, the dissemination of research is essential for ensuring its impact and relevance. This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive set of guidelines to empower behavior analysts in effectively disseminating their work post-publication. This talk will guide the audience through a series of actionable steps, highlighting the importance of proactively engaging with their research's journey beyond the academic realm. Audience will discover practical strategies, including understanding and negotiating contractual agreements, identifying target audiences, crafting accessible research summaries, selecting appropriate channels for dissemination, sharing datasets, promoting research findings, and monitoring the reach of their work. The presentation not only equips researchers with valuable insights for enhancing the reach and impact of their research but also introduces them to cutting-edge web-based technologies that can facilitate successful dissemination. By adhering to these guidelines, behavior analysts can bridge the gap between academic excellence and real-world impact, ensuring that their contributions have a lasting effect on both their field and society at large.
International and Interprofessional Dissemination
FAN-YU LIN (Philadelphia (Ningbo) Education Teachnology), Dorothy Xuan Zhang (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Neil Timothy Martin (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Abstract: Dissemination is the act of “targeted distribution of information and intervention materials to a specific audience.” (Kelly et al., 2018; Schillinger, 2010, p.1.). Aside from publication, which is a modality for dissemination, other channels are also crucial and effective (e.g., conference presentations). This presentation focuses on the dissemination of behavior analysis on the global level, particularly on the challenges and barriers (e.g., limited access to postgraduate training and research support) that we must work with to promote dissemination among researchers, practitioners, and the general public. We argue that in order to disseminate research accurately and internationally, we must understand, and act based on the cultural context that behavior analysis is developing in and mitigate issues that are unique to international dissemination. We hope that the information and the proposed strategies that we provide to address those barriers can lead to a framework or outline for effective dissemination within the field of behavior analysis.



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