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 #259
PDS: Returning to Academic Study From Professional Practice
Sunday, May 26, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon F
Area: EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Cameron Montgomery Scallan (University of North Texas)
BETH GARRISON (Temple University)
MARY JANE WEISS (Endicott College)

This panel discussion is intended for practicing BCBAs who are interested in returning to graduate studies as a full-time student or seeking additional education while still working full-time. The panelists will consist of a current student working professionally in an online applied behavior analysis Ph.D. program, the Director of an applied behavior analysis Ph.D. program, and a full-time student in a computer science Ph.D. program. The panel will provide an overview of what to expect when entering online or in-person doctoral studies. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about what a behavior analyst has experienced in a different field of study. Enrolling in graduate school is a significant commitment in terms of time and money. It is recommended that any prospective student, especially those who have been working professionally, be informed on what to expect in doing so. Panelists will provide tips and strategies, from their own experiences, in identifying what sort of program may best fit one’s needs and how to thrive if accepted.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): higher education, professional development, work-life balance



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