Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Invited Tutorial #332
Tutorial: Behavioral Toxicology
Monday, May 28, 2007
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Douglas B
Area: BPH; Domain: Theory
Chair: John M. Roll (Washington State University)
Presenting Authors: : M. CHRISTOPHER NEWLAND (Auburn University)

In his tutorial, Dr. Newland will describe some basic principles of, and approaches to, framing a behavioral evaluation of environmental contaminants. He will show how behaviorally-trained scientists have had significant impact on the characterization and removal of toxic substances such as lead from our environment. As we have learned about very specific neural and behavioral consequences of exposures, we can apply this knowledge to understand behavioral processes, like development, more fully. The potential for behavioral toxicology to contribute to an understanding of developmental disabilities will be discussed.

M. CHRISTOPHER NEWLAND (Auburn University)
Dr. M. Christopher Newland is an Alumni Professor at Auburn University where he and his students conduct research that blends behavioral toxicology, behavioral pharmacology, and the experimental analysis of behavior. They have been especially interested in applying advanced topics in behavior analysis to address environmental health issues. In recent years they have developed and applied the acquisition of choice, percentile schedules of reinforcement, log-survival analyses, reinforced variability (in progress), and the analyses of specific drug-behavior interactions, as well as old standbys like FR and FI schedules, to advance our an understanding of how disruptions of behavioral and nervous system development can have significant lifelong effects. Dr. Newland enjoys teaching at all levels and participates actively in Auburn's Master's program in applied behavior analysis/developmental disabilities. Dr. Newland completed his doctoral work at Georgia Tech, with a joint minor in mathematics and neurobiology, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University at Rochester in Environmental Health Sciences. His research has been funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He currently is a member of Neurotoxicology and Alcohol study section for the National Institutes of Health. He is a past president of the Behavioral Toxicology Society, Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, and is president elect of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.



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