Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Invited Panel #275
CE Offered: BACB
Verbal Behavior: Where Should We Go From Here?
Sunday, May 30, 2010
4:30 PM–5:20 PM
Ballroom A (CC)
Area: VRB; Domain: Theory
Chair: Caio F. Miguel (California State University, Sacramento)
CE Instructor: Lisa Stoddard, M.A.
Panelists: MATTHEW P. NORMAND (University of the Pacific), SIMON DYMOND (Swansea University), RUTH ANNE REHFELDT (Southern Illinois University)
Abstract: Despite the rising interest in Skinner´s analysis of verbal behavior, it could be argued that there is still much to be done in order to develop a comprehensive behavior analytic approach to language development and acquisition. Panel members will discuss Skinner´s framework, describe empirical and conceptual extensions, as well as present different research agendas for the study of language.
MATTHEW P. NORMAND (University of the Pacific)
Matthew Normand is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of the Pacific. At Pacific, his primary responsibilities are teaching courses in behavior analysis, conducting behavior analytic research, and supervising practicum and thesis work of graduate students in the Behavior Analysis program. Dr. Normand received his B.A. in Psychology from Western New England College, his M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Florida State University. He is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, and the California Association for Behavior Analysis. His research interests include the application of basic behavioral principles to problems of social significance (including obesity, autism and other community health issues), and verbal behavior.
SIMON DYMOND (Swansea University)
Simon Dymond Ph.D., BCBA-D received his undergraduate training and PhD (in 1996) from University College Cork, Ireland where he studied under the inspirational tutelage of Dermot Barnes-Holmes. Hailing from Cork, via south Wales, he accepted a one-year postdoctoral research position at Bangor University in north Wales. In 1997 he became a Teaching Fellow and taught undergraduate classes in learning. Then, in 1998 he joined the faculty of the newly established Psychology Department at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where he remained until 2005. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Swansea University in south Wales, where he is Course Director of the Masters in Behavior Analysis program. He and his students maintain an active research lab on derived relational responding (including neuroscience-based measures), avoidance learning and gambling. A former International Representative to the ABAI Executive Council, he currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Psychological Record, The Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analysis in Practice, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, and Analysis of Gambling Behavior.
RUTH ANNE REHFELDT (Southern Illinois University)
Dr. Ruth Anne Rehfeldt is a Professor in the Rehabilitation Services undergraduate program and an affiliated faculty in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program. She holds a Ph.D. (1998) and M.A. (1995) from the Behavior Analysis Program (in Psychology) at the University of Nevada, and a B.A. (1993) in psychology from the University of Puget Sound. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Rehfeldt currently teaches courses in single-subject research design, behavioral assessment and observation methods and Radical Behaviorism. Dr. Rehfeldt has authored over 60 articles and book chapters, primarily in the areas of stimulus equivalence and verbal relations, autism, developmental disabilities and verbal behavior. Dr. Rehfeldt is currently the Editor of The Psychological Record and an editorial board member for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour, the Behavior Analyst and Education and Treatment of Children. Dr. Rehfeldt's book, co-edited with Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, is entitled Derived Relational Responding: Applications for Learners with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities: A Progressive Guide to Change. New Harbinger: Oakland, CA, 2009.



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