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 #306
PDS: Strategies for Effective Public Engagement and Outreach
Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon E
Area: EDC/CSS; Domain: Theory
Chair: Sydney Hull (Western Michigan University)
CLAIRE C. ST. PETER (West Virginia University)
CODY MORRIS (Salve Regina University)

Public engagement and outreach models have gained popularity in other professions such as health care and education. However, the majority of practicing behavior analysts have received little to no formal training on how to effectively connect with the public. Practitioners and researchers are increasingly recognizing the need to expand outreach and enhance engagement to disseminate applied behavior analysis research, debunk misconceptions, and promote practical applications. This panel assembles three experts in the field of behavior analysis who engage in community outreach and engagement efforts. They will discuss how to effectively communicate research to the public, engage with media, and connect with broader audiences to help academics and practitioners become influential. This may include connecting with parents, educators, policymakers, or the broader community. Through a diverse range of experiences, the panel aims to inspire practitioners and researchers to bridge the gap between academia and the public. The information shared will be a valuable resource for enhancing public awareness and fostering meaningful collaborations that advance the field of behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Outreach, Public engagement



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