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 #389
Diversity submission Equity in Graduate Programs in Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 27, 2024
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon CD
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Abraao Figueira de Melo (University of Nevada, Reno)
LAURA BARCELOS-NOMICOS (University of Nevada, Reno)
JOVONNIE L. ESQUIERDO-LEAL (California State University, Fresno)
TRACI M. CIHON (Behaviorists for Social Responsibility)

To meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2020) the field of behavior analysis needs to examine how we recruit and train our students. Beginning with admissions processes, our systems of graduate education are fraught with bias and inequities that prevent racially and ethnically diverse students from accessing graduate training. This perpetuates disparities between practitioners and consumers. These disparities have implications for the quality of care and access to care for consumers around the country. The issue of equity in behavior analysis graduate education starts with equitable recruitment and admissions practices but should not end there. To truly address this issue a holistic approach is required. We cannot simply do a better job of recruiting and admitting diverse students, we need to put in support so that these students have equal access to learning opportunities once they are in our programs and classrooms. This panel will bring together graduate-level faculty members and a program director to discuss these pressing issues.

Instruction Level: Advanced
Target Audience:

Individuals should be familiar with graduate education in behavior analysis

Learning Objectives: 1) Identify inequitable practices in admissions to graduate school 2) Identify supports needed to provide equitable access to learning opportunities for diverse students in graduate school



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