Association for Behavior Analysis International

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39th Annual Convention; Minneapolis, MN; 2013

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Invited Tutorial #214
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Tips for a Career in Developmental Disabilities and Applied Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 26, 2013
3:30 PM–4:20 PM
Ballroom A (Convention Center)
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Applied Research
PSY/BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Timothy R. Vollmer, Ph.D.
Chair: Jennifer M. Asmus (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Presenting Authors: : TIMOTHY R. VOLLMER (University of Florida)

The speakerwill provide three general suggestions for embarking upon a career in developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis. First, he will suggest that you should become familiar with various developmental disorders and recognize that some professionals identify their specialization by disorder type. Second, he will suggest that you should become familiar with contemporary issues influencing practice in a range of settings such as schools and residential facilities. Examples will be provided. Third, he will suggest that you can guide a research career around behavior analytic models of assessment and treatment. There need not be a dichotomy between clinical goals and research aims. Examples from the presenter's research career will be discussed.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts clinicians and researchers working in the field of autism and developmental disabilities.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the event, participants will be able to: 1. Describe one reason that it is important to know the defining characteristics of a range of developmental disorders. 2. Provide at least one example where knowledge of contemporary issues and trends in developmental disabilities could assist in the practice of behavior analysis. 3. Provide at least one example from the literature where a clinical goal and research aim were pursued simultaneously and synergistically.  
TIMOTHY R. VOLLMER (University of Florida)
Dr. Timothy R. Vollmer received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1992. He was a faculty member in the Psychology Department at Louisiana State University (1992-1996) and at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School (1996-1998). He returned to the University of Florida in 1998 and is now a professor in the Department of Psychology with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Vollmer's primary area of research is applied behavior analysis, with emphases in developmental disabilities, reinforcement schedules, and parenting. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters related to behavior analysis. He is the recipient of two awards from the American Psychological Association (APA): the B.F. Skinner New Researcher award (1996) and an award for significant contributions to applied behavior analysis (2004). He is currently the editor-elect for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Currently, Dr. Vollmer's research in developmental disabilities runs the basic-to-applied gamut with studies in an operant rat lab, an operant human lab, and school-based applications. In the operant labs, models of common behavioral treatment are tested in order to learn more about how those procedures work at the level of the behavioral principle. In the school-based and clinic-based work, children with severe behavior disorders receive behavioral treatment following a comprehensive behavioral assessment.



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