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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

Program by Special Events: Monday, May 25, 2015

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Special Event #292
ABAI Business Meeting
Monday, May 25, 2015
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
209 (CC)
Domain: Theory
Chair: Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
Panelists: CHRISTY A. ALLIGOOD (Special Interest Group Board), JENNIFER L. AUSTIN (Education Board Coordinator), GORDON BOURLAND (Affliated Chapters Board), MARTHA HÜBNER (University of Sao Paulo), MARIA E. MALOTT (ABAI), M. JACKSON MARR (Membership Board Coordinator), MARK A. MATTAINI (Program Committee Senior Co-Chair), M. CHRISTOPHER NEWLAND (Science Board Coordinator), ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Publications Board), JENNIFER R. ZARCONE (Practice Board Coordinator)

This is an annual ABAI Business Meeting where the leadership of the Association will provide an update of on-going activities and major developments in the Association. Attendees will learn from ABAI's president the direction of the ABAI Council and from the ABAI's CEO the status of finances and administration. Attendees will also hear from the board coordinators including Science, Education, Practice, Program, Membership, Affiliated Chapters and Publications.

CHRISTY A. ALLIGOOD (Special Interest Group Board)
JENNIFER L. AUSTIN (Education Board Coordinator)
GORDON BOURLAND (Affliated Chapters Board)
MARTHA HÜBNER (University of Sao Paulo)
M. JACKSON MARR (Membership Board Coordinator)
MARK A. MATTAINI (Program Committee Senior Co-Chair)
M. CHRISTOPHER NEWLAND (Science Board Coordinator)
ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Publications Board)
JENNIFER R. ZARCONE (Practice Board Coordinator)
Keyword(s): ABAI Business, Business Meeting, Finance, President
Special Event #325a
In Honor of William Abernathy's Contributions to the Field of Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 25, 2015
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
201 (CC)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)

Friends and colleagues of William Abernathy will gather to celebrate his life and his many contributions to the field. Dr. William Abernathy received his doctorate in I/O psychology from The Ohio State University and taught at Ohio University. He was an associate professor of psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University and vice-president of performance systems at Aubrey Daniels, International. Dr. Abernathy developed and coordinated a new master's degree in I/O psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University. Prior to joining Southeastern, he was the president of Abernathy and Associates in Memphis, TN. Dr. Abernathy authored three books: The Sin of Wages, Managing without Supervisors, and The Liberated Workplace—Transitioning to Walden III. He also published numerous articles in academic and trade publications, was an associate editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, a board member of The Cambridge Center, and recipient of the International Association for Applied Behavior Analysis Outstanding Contributor Award, plus Outstanding Contributor Award by the Organizational Behavior Management Network. Dr. Abernathy passed away in early March 2015. Behavior analysis has been enriched by Dr. Abernathy's lasting contributions, which shine as an exemplary model of rigorous and socially important behavior science.

Keyword(s): OBM
Special Event #418
CE Offered: BACB
Presidential Address: Behavior Analysis Without Borders
Monday, May 25, 2015
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Lila Cockrell Theatre (CC)
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
CE Instructor: Martha Hübner, Ph.D.

Presidential Address: Behavior Analysis Without Borders


Under the leadership of its Executive Council, ABAI has been crossing geographical borders for the past four decades, disseminating behavior analysis around the world through grants and awards, support of chapters on five continents, and conferences that welcome participation from behavior analysts across the globe. The consistent and unique epistemology of behavior analysis means that geographical borders need not be impediments to the advancement of our field. Paradoxically, however, the domains within behavior analysis (basic research, applied research, service delivery, and theory and philosophy) have created borders that have not been easy to cross or navigate, although many authors have pointed out that such navigation is critical. The ABAI Program Committee has been suggesting to presenters who primarily do basic research to discuss the applied implications of their work, and vice versa. Nevertheless, many behavior analysts still see our field as fragmented. What are the contingencies that make interaction among the different domains of behavior analysis so difficult? What are the contingencies that control the wrong assumption that some domains are more important than others? These contingencies will be analyzed, and recent data and data from the literature will be presented.

MARTHA HÜBNER (University of São Paulo)
Dr. Hübner is a professor of experimental psychology at the Institute of Psychology, University of São Paulo, and was coordinator of the graduate program in the experimental department from 2004 to 2010. She is also past president of the Brazilian Association of Psychology and of the Brazilian Association of Behavioral Medicine and Psychology. She conducts research at the Laboratory for the Study of Verbal Operants involving managing processes in the acquisition of symbolic behaviors such as reading, writing, and verbal episodes. She is currently immersed in three areas of research: investigating the empirical relations between verbal and nonverbal behavior, analyzing the processes of control by minimal units in reading, and studying verbal behavior programs for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, practitioners, and graduate students.

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming
Special Event #435
ABAI Social
Monday, May 25, 2015
9:00 PM–1:00 AM
Grotto (CC)
Chair: Martha Hübner (University of Sao Paulo)

Please join us, your friends, and colleagues for music and dancing. From 9:30 - 10:30, the ABAI Student Committeewelcomes all members to join them for a panel discussion, "Pavlov, Skinner, & Kantor walk into a bar..."between three great luminaries. Members of this panel will respond to questions by impersonating a prominent figure from the history of psychology. This year’s line-up includes Michael Domjan as Ivan Pavlov, Philip N. Hineline as B.F. Skinner, Linda J. Hayes as J.R. Kantor, and Michael Perone as the moderator. Discussion will be both enlightening and entertaining.

Keyword(s): Social



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