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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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #92
CE Offered: BACB
Harmony in Analysis: Bridging Human Insight and Artificial Intelligence for Advanced Behavioral Understanding and Ethical Clinical Interventions
Saturday, May 25, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon H
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Kerri L. Milyko (Centria Healthcare)
CE Instructor: Kerri L. Milyko, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: JESSICA JACKSON (Therapy Is For Everyone Psychological & Consultation Services, PLLC)

This presentation explores the transformative role of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in enhancing our understanding of human behavior and informing clinical interventions. Synthetic intelligence provides novel perspectives on human intelligence, while machine learning enables the extraction of valuable insights from vast datasets. Emphasizing the inevitability of AI's integration, the presentation advocates for critical thinking in addressing concerns and engaging in conversations with technology developers. It underscores the collaborative relationship between AI and mental health clinicians, emphasizing that AI is a supportive tool rather than a replacement. The ethical considerations surrounding AI implementation are highlighted, emphasizing the necessity of nuanced discussions. Practical applications, such as using AI for early detection of developmental delays, leveraging diagnostic codes for classification, and the removal of geographical barriers through internet-based accessibility, demonstrate the tangible benefits of AI in clinical contexts. Overall, this presentation encourages a thoughtful embrace of AI's potential to revolutionize behavioral analysis and clinical interventions while maintaining a human-centric approach.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts and mental health clinicians

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Explore Ethical Considerations in AI Integration: Learners will delve into the ethical considerations associated with the use of AI in clinical interventions, engaging in discussions on privacy, bias, and the responsible programming of AI tools. They will develop the ability to critically assess the ethical implications of AI applications in the context of human behavior; (2) Appreciate the Collaborative Nature of AI and Clinical Practice: Participants will recognize AI as a supportive tool for mental health clinicians rather than a replacement. They will explore the symbiotic relationship between AI technologies and human expertise, understanding the ways in which AI can enhance clinical interventions without diminishing the importance of human support; (3) Develop Strategies for Addressing Concerns and Embracing AI: Participants will cultivate critical thinking skills and practical strategies for navigating concerns related to AI integration. This includes engaging in open conversations with technology developers, conducting cost/benefit analyses, and fostering an openness to how AI technologies can alleviate administrative burdens in clinical settings.
JESSICA JACKSON (Therapy Is For Everyone Psychological & Consultation Services, PLLC)
Dr. Jessica Jackson is an award-winning licensed psychologist and mental health equity advocate. She is the founder of Dr. J. Lauren Psychological & Consultation Services, a Houston, TX based mental health practice providing expert care and consultation. Dr. Jackson is also the co-founder of the non-profit Communicating Race Fully, focused on teaching youth and their caregivers how to have conversations about race and racism. In addition to providing mental health care services through her private practice, she also works in the digital mental health industry. Her research has focused on reducing barriers to treatment for underserved populations. She is a regular media contributor and serves as an elected member of the American Psychological Association Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Vice Chair of Therapist in Tech and Chair of the APA Mental Health Technology Advisory Committee.



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