Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Invited Paper Session #387
CE Offered: BACB
Pursuing Behavioral Inoculation Through Coordinated Basic, Translational, and Applied Research
Monday, May 27, 2024
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Convention Center, 300 Level, Ballroom B
Area: SCI; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Jonathan W. Pinkston (University of Kansas)
CE Instructor: Brian D. Greer, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: BRIAN D. GREER (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

Although the translation of basic research findings to applied practice has been strongly encouraged in behavior analysis for decades, contemporary examples of bridging the two ends of this continuum are somewhat rare. Similarly uncommon are examples of so-called “reverse translation,” in which behavioral phenomena from the clinic, school, or other applied setting are brought into the laboratory for further empirical scrutiny. Indeed, meaningful and productive interactions between basic and applied researchers in behavior analysis appears to be severely lacking. In this presentation, I will outline how the recent increase in research on treatment relapse represents a marked departure from these troubling trends, while commenting on the ways in which this work has reinvigorated bidirectional research in behavior analysis. Specific examples from an ongoing collaboration between basic and applied researchers will be highlighted, as will considerations for developing new lines of collaborative research beyond that of treatment relapse in hopes that others will similarly heed these longstanding calls for greater integration of basic and applied behavioral science.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Clinicians and researchers

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define translational research and give at least one example of it; (2) characterize the current state of translational research in behavior analysis; (3) describe the ways in which collaborative research on treatment relapse has reinvigorated bidirectional research in behavior analysis.
BRIAN D. GREER (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
Brian D. Greer, Ph.D., BCBA-D directs the Severe Behavior Program within the Children’s Specialized Hospital–Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services (CSH–RUCARES). He is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a core member of the Brain Health Institute. He received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts in applied behavioral science and a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, both from the University of Kansas. He later completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a current associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, past associate editor for Behavioral Development, and has served as a guest associate editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Perspectives on Behavior Science, and Learning and Motivation. He is the 2013 recipient of the Baer, Wolf, and Risley Outstanding Graduate Student Award; the 2019 recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis; the 2019 recipient of the B. F. Skinner Foundation New Researcher Award; and in 2020, he was awarded the Contribution of the Year from the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Greer is former Executive Director of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior and a three-time recipient of the Loan Repayment Program Award from the National Institutes of Health.



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