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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Invited Paper Session #189
CE Offered: BACB
Incorporating Contemplative Pedagogy to Teach the Science of Behavior
Sunday, May 26, 2024
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon H
Area: TBA; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Kerri L. Milyko (Centria Healthcare)
CE Instructor: Anita Li, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: ANITA LI (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

Teaching the science of behavior involves teaching with rigor to ensure students conceptualize the study of behavior as a natural science. As the growth of our field fosters the need for additional training programs, educators must consider the current landscape for students in higher education, such as increased financial stressors, lack of work-life balance, physically and emotionally demanding jobs, and familial commitments. Contemplative pedagogy incorporates a variety of practices in the classroom to provide an inclusive and transformative space for students. This presentation will introduce contemplative pedagogy and provide examples of exercises for both brick-and-mortar and online instructors to utilize in their classrooms to demonstrate how to incorporate reflection, contemplation, and mindfulness without sacrificing learning or rigor.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Instructors, supervisors

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define contemplative pedagogy; (2) identify learner dispositions; (3) state how contemplative practices can lead to generativity.
ANITA LI (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Anita Li is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013 and has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings. Anita has presented more than 30 papers and workshops, including invited addresses, at both national and international conferences in behavior analysis and has published her research in several journals, including Behavior Analysis in Practice, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Additionally, Anita has served as guest editor on two special sections of Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice devoted to the experimental analysis of behavior. Her research interests equity issues in behavior analysis, instructional design, and promoting worker well-being.



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