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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Expo Poster Session #179F
Affiliate Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 25, 2024
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, Exhibit Hall A
83. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group
LINDSAY MEHRKAM (Monmouth University), Erica N. Feuerbacher (Virginia Tech), Laura Perkins (Laura Perkins Animal Behavior), Kimberly Truong (Simmons University, Holding Hands Inc.), JoAnna Platzer (University of Vermont)
Abstract: The Applied Animal Behavior (AAB) SIG brings together individuals who specialize in or have an interest in the application of behavior analysis to the appreciation, understanding, and management of animal behavior across species. The AAB SIG has three primary purposes: 1) To promote behavior analytic research and the exchange of scientific information in the area of animal behavior; 2) To advocate for and promote high standards in the application of methods and techniques of behavior change with animals in applied settings; and 3) To support and promote excellence in the education and research practices of individuals dedicated to the study and management of animal behavior in applied settings. Membership of the AAB SIG is diverse and includes academicians, researchers, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines dedicated to, affiliated with or interested in animal behavior in applied settings. We welcome new members who share our interest in animal behavior and applied behavior analysis. The AAB SIG offers an annual student research award in honor of Marian Breland Bailey (open to all graduate and undergraduate students presenting their research during the annual ABAI conference) as well as a Diversity Award. The AAB SIG also maintains a Facebook page and conducts virtual continuing education events throughout the year.
84. Meaningful Applications of Culturo-Behavior Systems Science to Social and Global Issues
KATHRYN M. ROOSE (State of Nevada, Division of Child and Family Services), José G. Ardila-Sánchez (University of Nevada, Reno), Amanda N. Chastain (University of Illinois, Chicago), Traci M. Cihon (Behaviorists for Social Responsibility), Kendra Combs (Sparks Behavioral Services), Jovonnie L. Esquierdo-Leal (California State University, Fresno), Brett Gelino (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Albert Malkin (Western University)
Abstract: Meaningful applications of behavioral systems science to social and global issues have been limited, largely due to lack of preparation and access to critical systems and limited conceptual guidance. In the Matrix Project, Behaviorists for Social Responsibility has worked for six years to address these limitations, emphasizing the potential for behavioral systems analysis to advance the underlying science. The Project currently includes active work groups in four areas: (a) development of a draft training and mentorship directory; syllabi and course units in the areas of sustainability, diversity, education and other areas of social importance; (b) development of state BFSR chapters, with strong emphasis on student involvement, and supporting individual student engagement in socially significant efforts; (c) examining options for increasing integration of behavior analytic data into state and federal policy; and (d) encouraging and disseminating information related to behaviorists’ involvement in activism and advocacy. The role of volunteers is increasingly emphasized for the advancement of the Project and training procedures for measuring volunteerism are being developed. These projects offer exemplars of the conceptual framework underlying and structuring all of these projects—a systemic integration of Goldiamond’s constructional approach and Lutzker’s ecobehavioral work, relying primarily on shifting interlocking and recursive patterns of antecedents (particularly SDs and motivative operations), reducing response effort, and accessing already established reinforcers.
85. Organizational Behavior Management Network
ANDRESSA SLEIMAN (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: Abstract: Founded in 1982, the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network exists to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of Organizational Behavior Management through research, education, practice, and collaboration. The OBM Network accomplishes this mission through conferences, access to our flagship journal, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, a newsletter, a membership portal with multiple networking and sharing features, and other special projects.
86. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group
ZOE LUCOCK (Positive Ageing Consultancy & Training ), Crystal Yuet Wen Lim (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: The Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group (BGSIG) ( applies the science and philosophy of behavior analysis to wellbeing in later life, typically referring to ages 65 and older. The expo poster and its presenters will offer information about current areas of special interest to behavior analysts, such as prevention of ageist practices, self-management for health promotion and disease prevention in later life, staff or family training, individual clinical interventions, and human operant studies. The poster will detail the goals of the SIG, its activities, and the benefits of SIG membership along with social media links and contact information.

History of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

EDWARD K. MORRIS (University of Kansas), Karen R. Wagner (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc and

The History of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International was founded in 2011. Our aim is to advance behavior analysis nationally and internationally through its history and historiography. Our mission is to cultivate and nurture, enrich and improve, and disseminate the field’s history and historiography. Our objectives are to enhance teaching: course content and pedagogy; research: presentations, publications, and workshops; and service: leadership, governance, and communications. Our purview is the field’s long past, short history, and recent origins. Our audience includes behavior analysts, other scientists and humanists, and the public at large. This year, the SIG’s goals have been to establish By-Laws and a governance and committee structure. This poster will describe how. The By-Laws will include positions, policies, and procedures for the SIG’s governance (e.g., an Executive Council) and its committees (e.g., awards, bibliographies, communications, syllabus bank, archives, membership, website). To become a SIG member, contact Pat Williams at To participate in its governance and committees, contact the SIG president (Edward K. Morris at

88. ABAI Special Interest Group: Forensic Behavior Analysis (formerly Crime, Delinquency, and Forensic Behavior Analysis)
TIMOTHY TEMPLIN (Hoosier ABA), Kodey Lai (CrimeandBehavior.Com), Presley Wanner (Anne Carlsen Center)
Abstract: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been useful in addressing social problems related to the criminal justice field. Examples include the role of training programs in reducing recidivism and prison drug programs. ABA has also helped in the guiding of the court system in identifying effective sanctions (graduated sanctions), understanding the effects of behavioral programs, and team problem-solving in schools for emotionally and behaviorally-disordered students. Our special interest group (SIG) has improved in the past year. SIG members have provided trainings online and on site. Our goal is to explain the work we are doing in this very important specialization of ABA.
89. LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group
MATTHEW CAPRIOTTI (San Jose State University), Jonathan K Fernand (Florida Institute of Technology), Daniel E Conine (Georgia State University), Tara A. Fahmie (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Abstract: Come meet the LGBTQ+ SIG! Our SIG's mission is to provide space to discuss, advocate, and support matters directly related to the treatment of LGBTQ+ people in behavior analysis. We seek to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ topics, catalyze innovation in research and clinical practice, and provide opportunities to educate and engage in critical discussions. The SIG fosters mentorship for researchers and practitioners interested in applying behavior analysis to better the lives of LGBTQ+ people. The SIG will explore, debate, and advocate for persons at the intersection of LGBTQ+ and the practice of behavior analysis. All interested in joining a network that strives for improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to join, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
90. Behavioral Development Special Interest Group
Abstract: The primary mission of the Behavioral Development (DEV) SIG is to promote a behavioral developmental thrust within behavior analysis. We strive to bring behavior analysis to the broader world of child psychology and learning, comparative psychology, adult development and gerontology, sociobiology, education, behavioral economics, developmental disabilities and autism, and language development, among other fields. We do so by (a) incorporating theories and findings from other areas into our research and (b) bringing professionals from outside traditional behavior analysis, including developmental psychology, to ABAI events and forming collaborations.
96. Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group
SHARIQ ULLAH KHAN (Endicott College), Rocky Perez (Western Michigan University), Benjamin Thomas Lowe (Sparks Behavioral Services, Positive Behavior Supports), Julie A. Ackerlund Brandt (The Chicago School; Yellow Brick Academy), Julie M. Slowiak (University of Minnesota Duluth; InJewel LLC), Raymond G. Miltenberger (University of South Florida), Jesse DePaolo (University of South Florida), Bryon Miller (University of South Florida)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group's purpose is to educate, coordinate, and provide resources to behavior analysts and other members of society seeking to promote desirable behavior change in health, sport, and fitness through the application of the science of behavior analysis.The purpose of the organization is fulfilled through: (1) Educating behavior analysts and other members of society and increasing awareness, visibility, and understanding of the application of the science of behavior analysis to health, sport, and fitness; (2) Disseminating information about the practice of behavior analysis and educational and training opportunities relevant to practice of behavior analysis in the areas of health, sport, and fitness; (3) Providing a professional network and access to educational and training resources (e.g., continuing education events, mentorship opportunities) for its members; (4) Obtaining financial resources to support research grants for behavior analysts who seek to conduct research with the objective to develop or evaluate behavior analytic interventions to resolve human challenges in health, sport, and fitness; and (5) Collaborating with other non-profit organizations, healthcare agencies, and health, sport, and fitness professionals to maximize our impact on current efforts. Members of the Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group have the opportunity to learn how to become competent practitioners in the areas of health, sport, and fitness as behavior analysts, as well as opportunities to network and collaborate with one to increase the current research base within these areas of practice.
97. Challenging Behavior Special Interest Group
AMANDA ZANGRILLO (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Joanna Lomas Mevers (Marcus Autism Center)
Abstract: Challenging behaviors exist along a continuum and may be conceptualized as externalizing behaviors producing significant impact on the individual, others or the environment that can impact participation in home, school, and/or community activities. The mission of the Challenging Behavior Special Interest Group is to support the advancement of clinical, research, training, and advocacy endeavors pertaining to the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior across the lifespan. In addition, the Challenging Behavior Special Interest Group serves to: (1) Support and encourage research efforts to improve our understanding of assessment and treatment of challenging behavior; (2) Develop best practice supports for clinicians and educators across areas of assessment, treatment, documentation, reimbursement, outcome measures, and advocacy; (3) Support undergraduate and graduate training as it pertains to the specialization of assessment and treatment of challenging behavior; (4) Develop relationships and communicate with other organizations treating challenging behavior across disciplines; (5) Disseminate information and resources regarding best-practice, culturally-informed, and compassionate, and family-centered behavioral approaches to assessing and treating challenging behavior; and (6) Engage in community outreach and advocacy work to facilitate meaningful advancement for individuals with challenging behavior (e.g., access to funding, adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, parent advocacy).
98. Behavior Analysis in Military and Veterans SIG
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center), Kent A. Corso (NCR Behavioral Health, LLC; Xcelerate Innovations)
Abstract: The history of Behavior Analysis in Military and Veterans Affairs began with the work that Pavlov did with the development of respondent conditioning in the very early twentieth century. It has continued with military personnel and service dogs with the principles and practices that Skinner and Lindsley developed. This has come to include work with military families who have children with disabilities, and military personnel with various disabilities. Behavior analytic work continues with TriCare and Echo programs, the standard celeration chart and work with suicide, as well as the work of Xcelerate Innovations to assist the Air National Guard to reduce suicides. In addition to suicide, other work includes post- traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain Injury. This special interest group began almost twenty years ago and continues because of the need for support to the military in the above areas. The committee and its co-chairs realize that for millennia military training has depended on good discipline, and even, in retrospect with the use of vastly different terms, the roots of military training rely on Pavlovian and Skinnerian training and high quality measurement of human behavior. Behavior Analysis in Military and Veteran Affairs is a special interest group.
99. Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI)
GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons University)
Abstract: The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysts International focuses on the application of behavior analytic methodology to the prevention and treatment of behaviors associated with chronic illness and disease, and the promotion of behaviors associated with improved health and treatment adherence. The role of behavior analysis is important in the field of behavioral medicine. It is the mission of the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group to encourage interdisciplinary research in the areas of behavioral health promotion, emphasizing the need for function-based and empirically validated treatments for chronic health disorders. The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group offers students, researchers, practitioners, and consumers opportunities to discuss issues related to public health promotion and disease prevention. All are welcome to join the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group. We hope that the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group will help consumers and practitioners better understand the role of behavior analysis in the field of behavioral medicine, and provide an outlet for discussions of current and developing research within the field.
100. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group
CATHERINE WILLIAMS (University of North Carolina Wilmington), David J. Cox (RethinkFirst; Endicott College), Vanessa Ayres-Pereira (Federal University of São Carlos), Ramon Marin (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil), Stephanie Jimenez (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown)
Abstract: The mission of the EAHB-SIG is to promote the experimental analysis of behavior with human subjects as a means of addressing important fundamental questions about human problems and human nature. In recent years, the energies of EAHB-SIG members have focused on three continuing projects: (1) The EAHB-SIG Distinguished Contributions Award: This award is designed to recognize substantive and sustained contributions to the EAHB literature. The award is presented at the annual convention; (2) The Student Paper Competition: This competition is designed to promote and recognize scholarly activity in the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior. Students are encouraged to submit original research that has not been reviewed elsewhere. Participants receive high quality reviews from experts in their respective areas of research; (3) The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin: The SIG also maintains an online journal (ISSN 1938-7237) for the publication of empirical articles, technical reports, and other types of articles of interest to researchers engaged in the experimental analysis of human behavior.
101. Clinical SIG
THOMAS J. WALTZ (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) involves the application of behavior analytic principles to the full range of human problems, many of which have traditionally been considered “mental health” issues. Our members practice and do research in a wide range of areas including: anxiety disorders, behavioral gerontology, behavioral health/medicine, behavioral pediatrics, childhood disorders, cognitive rehabilitation, couples therapy, family therapy, depression, forensic psychology (assessment and treatment), habit disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious mental illness (e.g., Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia), substance abuse, trauma, and much more. In general, the range of interests reflects the scope of practice regulated to licensed clinical psychologists and Clinical SIG members can serve as a good resource for behavior analysts interested in such training. The Clinical SIG is dedicated to facilitating collaboration between researchers and clinicians to further the field’s ability to apply our ever-expanding knowledge base to community-based clinical populations and to facilitate the relevance of research to actual clinical practice. This group seeks to promote Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) at ABAI and is interested in maintaining the longstanding relationship between basic research and clinical application.
102. Speech Pathology Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SPABA)
NIKIA DOWER (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Lina M. Slim (Lina Slim Consulting; Endicott College; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: The Speech Pathology Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) SIG poster will provide information about the SIG’s mission, the composition of membership, the treatment and research areas applicable to the members of the SIG, and finally the various benefits of membership in and donation to the SIG. The SIG's mission is to promote the dissemination of behaviorally oriented speech and language research as well as, the application of evidence-based practices relevant to the full range of services provided by speech and language professionals. The SIG is also committed to interprofessional collaboration and practice and as such, works to provide pertinent information to both SLPs and BCBAs regarding related services, scope of practice, and scope of competence. Expo attendees will also receive information about resources available on the SIG's website and various social media platforms. Opportunities to serve on the SIG's committees will be discussed and members of the SIG's Executive Committee will be present to answer visitor questions.
103. Standard Celeration Society
MARY KATHRYN REAGAN (Simmons University), Salvador Ruiz (Hunter College, CUNY)
Abstract: The Standard Celeration Society (SCS) became an ABAI special interest group in 1995. The mission of the SCS states to uphold and advance the defining features and conventions of the Standard Celeration Chart. The SCS aims to function as a friendly and enduring forum, supporting the application and dissemination of standard celeration charting across an expanding range of practitioners and other stakeholders. The values of the SCS that guide behavior in fulfilling the mission include acknowledgement and appreciation of the founding principles and applications of our science (e.g., “standing on the shoulders of giants”), authenticity, inclusivity, legacy, community, and kindness. Since 2015, the SCS has employed an organizational structure composed of a board of directors and volunteer leadership teams that actively work toward implementing new and maintaining current initiatives designed to further the organization’s mission. We have an active board of directors comprised of five members, each on 3-year terms. In addition to the board, the organization also consists of an executive director, vice presidents, and associate vice presidents. The board of directors provides guidance and decision-making for the SCS executive director, who carries out board initiatives with vice presidents, associate vice presidents, and other volunteers. Current leadership teams include finance, programs, membership, scientific and academic relations, operations, international relations, diversity, communications, and website services. Since the beginning of 2015, our leadership teams have actively developed the underlying systems to support the SIG’s structure and facilitate institutional memory as there is transition in our leadership roles, an important component for voluntary leadership teams to maintain productivity. Current priority initiatives include providing more free continuing education opportunities for members, publication resources, mentorship, and training program locations for students interested in academic training, internships, and externships, among others. The SCS offers membership for a low cost and includes discounted rates to annual conference each year, access to the historical publication database of the Journal of Precision Teaching and Celeration, and soon to be announced web-based continuing education events (suggested annual dues: sustaining, $130; full, $70; student, $35). We recently implemented our values-based dues option which allows members to pay the suggested amount, a minimum amount, or a higher amount. Current initiatives also aim to highlight our organization’s entrepreneurial members. The skills of the members, including insights and strategies developed over decades of business development in the area of precision teaching, are made available to others looking to start their own businesses. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the SCS, as this organization has a long history of entrepreneurs creating successful operations that provide clinical/educational services outside the mainstream of applied behavior analysis. Finally, as in prior years, new and seasoned precision teachers gathered to learn and share research and clinical data at the SCS Annual Conference in November 2023 with both live and virtual attendance options. The society was honored to have Drs. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and William Heward as keynote speakers along with an array of invited addresses, panels, and paper symposia. The SCS awarded Dr. John Eshleman the Ogden R. Lindsley lifetime achievement award. Additionally, the conference offered a poster session and the annual chart share. This year, we celebrate our 37th Annual Conference on November 7 – 9, 2024 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. Please visit for more information regarding the conference. The SCS eagerly welcomes new charters and members into our community. This nurturing group is full of brilliant and seasoned professionals who are always willing to offer advice or mentorship. Simply become a member and see the opportunities accelerate!



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