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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

Program by Special Events: Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Special Event #121
Health, Sports, and Fitness Special Interest Group Bike the Drive Group Cycle
Sunday, May 25, 2014
6:00 AM–9:00 AM
W190b (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Chair: Gabrielle Trapenberg Torres (Behavior Basics LLC)

Please join participating SIG members for Bike the Drive. Bike the Drive is a recreational, noncompetitive bicycle ride held each year in Chicago, in which Lake Shore Drive is cleared of motor vehicle traffic and opened exclusively to bicyclists for several hours beginning at dawn. The event benefits bicycling advocacy work in the region by the Active Transportation Alliance, formerly known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. (Please note that this event is not organized by the HSF SIG. Registration and compliance with all event policies and procedures is required.) The chair will lead a group from the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel to the entry point to Lakeshore Drive at Grant Park. Please meet at 6:00 am outside the main lobby of the hotel, dressed appropriately with your bicycle. Registration is required and is available at Please register for group Health Sports & Fitness SIG and use the password “Behavior.” Bicycle rentals are readily available through Divvy Bikes and are located in a variety of stations near the Hyatt: Rental policies can be found at

Keyword(s): Bicycle, Chicagoland, fitness
Special Event #122
Pilates & Yoga Session
Sunday, May 25, 2014
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
W182 (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Chair: Amanda N. Adams (Central California Autism Center)
Presenting Authors:
Join us for this annual event offered for over ten years now at ABAI. No experience is necessary. Bring a towel or mat and dress comfortably. This one hour session strengthens and lengthens with a half hour of Pilates, followed by half hour of yoga. Instructors are certified in each discipline and are BCBA-Ds. Rejuvenate after long conference days with this session. Come early, we fill the room! (The Sport, Health and Fitness SIG have supported the inclusion of this and other physical activity sessions.)
Special Event #136
ABAI Program Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 25, 2014
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
W474a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Domain: Theory
Chair: Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago)


AAB - Applied Animal Behavior
MEGAN E. MAXWELL (Pet Behavior Change, LLC), Christy A. Alligood (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

AUT - Autism

JENNIFER N. FRITZ (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Jessica Thompson-Sassi (The New England Center for Children), Jennifer Lynn Hammond (Trumpet Behavioral Health)



BPH - Behavioral Pharmacology

JONATHAN W. PINKSTON (University of North Texas), Paul Soto (Texas Tech University)


CBM - Clinical; Family; Behavioral Medicine
SCOTT T. GAYNOR (Western Michigan University), Steven R. Lawyer (Idaho State University)

CSE - Community Interventions; Social and Ethical Issues

MARK P. ALAVOSIUS (University of Nevada, Reno), Angela Sanguinetti (University of California, Irvine)


DDA - Developmental Disabilities
ANJALI BARRETTO (Gonzaga University), Andrew W. Gardner (Northern Arizona University)

DEV - Human Development

MARTHA PELAEZ (Florida International University), Per Holth (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences  )


EAB - Experimental Analysis of Behavior
MATTHEW C. BELL (Santa Clara University), Federico Sanabria (Arizona State University)

EDC - Education

CYNTHIA M. ANDERSON (Appalachian State University), Florence D. DiGennaro Reed (The University of Kansas)


OBM - Organizational Behavior Management
LORI H. DIENER-LUDWIG (Zimmet Group), Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson (Florida Institute of Technology)

PRA - Practice

JENNIFER R. ZARCONE (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Mark D. Shriver (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)



SCI - Science

M. CHRISTOPHER NEWLAND (Auburn University)


TBA - Teaching Behavior Analysis
GRANT GAUTREAUX (Nicholls State University), Nicole Luke (Surrey Place Centre)

TPC - Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual

MARLEEN T. ADEMA (Bangor University), Edward K. Morris (The University of Kansas)



VRB - Verbal Behavior

ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Texas Christian University), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.)


Special Event #121a
ABAI Student Reception
Sunday, May 25, 2014
12:00 PM–2:00 PM
W375a-d (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Chair: Zachary H. Morford (University of Nevada, Reno)

ABAI welcomes all of its members to Chicago. Join us for the student breakfast organized by the ABAI Student Committee. This is an opportunity for students to meet and greet with each other as peers get the chance to speak to some great behavior analysts. It's a great time and place for students to come together with all the members of ABAI.

Keyword(s): students
Special Event #272
CE Offered: PSY
Presidential Scholar Address
Sunday, May 25, 2014
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
W375e (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Obesity, Weigh gain
Chair: Michael Perone (West Virginia University)
CE Instructor: Michael Perone, Ph.D.

Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity


Since the 1950s, the conventional wisdom has held that we get fat because we eat too much and move too little. Virtually all research on obesity and its related chronic diseases is predicated on this notion. The problem has always been that doing the opposite--eating less and exercising more--fails almost invariably to cure the problem, suggesting the possibility that our underlying hypothesis is simply incorrect. What's the alternative? Before World War II, European clinicians argued that obesity was caused by a defect in the regulation of fat tissue metabolism. By the 1960s, it was clear that fat accumulation is fundamentally regulated by the hormone insulin, which in turn is secreted primarily in response to the carbohydrates in our diet. So a reasonable hypothesis is that we get fat not because we consume more calories than we expend, but because the carbohydrates that we eat happen to be uniquely fattening. A simple revision to first principles in our underlying assumption about the causes of weight gain will have profound and far-reaching implications.

Gary Taubes, author of the bestselling Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, is an award-winning science writer and a correspondent for Science magazine. The only print journalist to have won three Science in Society Journalism awards, given by the National Association of Science Writers, he has contributed articles to The Best American Science Writing 2002 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000 and 2003. Taubes has spent years synthesizing research in every area of science connected with the impact of nutrition on health. His 2002 New York Times Magazine cover story "What If It's All a Big Fat Lie?" caused a big stir in the ongoing fat-versus-carbohydrate discussions. Then in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories, he went on to show that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. In it, he argues that it is refined carbohydrates and sugars that lead to heart disease and diabetes and cause us to gain weight, not fat and cholesterol. Through his research, Taubes shakes our preconceptions about diet and health to the core, and challenges scientific studies that have been misinterpreted and prescribed as advice for the general public for years. He offers instead new ways to eat, live, and think about health, based on the highest caliber of scientific research.
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in whether our underlying assumption about the causes of weight gain are valid.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to (1) Understand the epidemiology and natural history of obesity; (2) Develop a basic understanding of the hormonal regulation of fat tissue; and (3) Understand the role of carbohydrates in regulating fat accumulation and the nature of behavioral changes that have to be made to prevent or treat it.
Keyword(s): Obesity, Weigh gain
Special Event #278
ABAI Fellows Committee
Sunday, May 25, 2014
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
W474a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Chair: Kurt Salzinger (Hofstra University)
Presenting Authors:

This is a closed meeting of the ABAI Fellows Committee




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