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.

47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

Program by Professional Development Series Events: Saturday, May 29, 2021


Panel #109
CE Offered: BACB — 
PDS: Peering Behind the Curtain: ABAI Journal Editors Discuss the Peer Review Process
Saturday, May 29, 2021
3:00 PM–3:50 PM EDT
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Tiffany Kodak, Ph.D.
Chair: Donald A. Hantula (Temple University)
MARK A. MATTAINI (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago)
STEPHANIE M. PETERSON (Western Michigan University)
TIFFANY KODAK (Marquette University)

The peer-review process may seem mystifying and frightening to students who have not had experience in publishing and reviewing papers. After a brief overview of the peer review process in general and ethical concerns in peer review, Editors of ABAI journals Behavior & Social Issues, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Education & Treatment of Children and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior will discuss how peer review operates in their respective journals, what an author should expect in the peer review process, and how to respond to reviewers. Each editors’ presentation will be brief to allow for questions and discussion with the audience.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

The target audience is graduate students in the field who are interested in or actively submitting manuscripts for peer-review.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the panel, participants will be able to: 1) understand how manuscripts move through the peer-review process, 2) describe ethical concerns editors must consider, and 3) learn how to respond to reviews for their own manuscripts.
Keyword(s): Peer Review, Students
Panel #126
CE Offered: BACB
PDS: Success in Academia: Developing Teaching and Service Repertoires
Saturday, May 29, 2021
4:00 PM–4:50 PM EDT
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Jonathan A. Schulz, M.A.
Chair: Jonathan A. Schulz (University of Kansas)
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
RUTH ANNE REHFELDT (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago)

Success in academia is measured by accomplishments in three domains: research, teaching, and service. Theoretically, doctoral programs are designed to prepare students to succeed in all three domains; however, the prevailing contingencies of the doctoral graduation requirements may not always reflect this goal. Often, the emphasis in student development is on research. Students are typically required to successfully propose and defend a dissertation, present research at conferences, and publish in peer reviewed journals. In contrast, teaching and service requirements may be considered less stringent. Students might only be required to be the instructor of record for one course or be the primary instructor for a few instructional sessions to meet teaching requirements. As for service, requirements are virtually nonexistent. Therefore, students may need to seek additional opportunities to ensure they are prepared to succeed in teaching and service. This professional development series event brings together three leaders in teaching and service to discuss ways in which students can prepare themselves to be master teachers and engage in meaningful service. Panelists will share methods they use to ensure their teaching is effective, discuss service opportunities, provide their perspectives on ways research, teaching, and service can be integrated, and answer audience questions.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Graduate students

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the panel, participants will be able to: (1) describe how to use evidence-based teaching procedures to instruct undergraduate and graduate students; (2) identify service opportunities to engage in that will further the field; and (3) list the personal and professional benefits of developing teaching and service repertoires.
Keyword(s): Professional Development, Service, Teaching
Panel #141
PDS: How to Obtain a Research Grant: Topics of Proposal Writing to Funding
Saturday, May 29, 2021
5:00 PM–5:50 PM EDT
Area: EDC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Rebecca Seward (SIU)
WAYNE W. FISHER (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
CLAIRE C. ST. PETER (West Virginia University)
AMY ODUM (Utah State University)

Research grants are an essential component in supporting academic research programs. Formal education on grant writing is typically unavailable to graduate students despite the beneficial nature of this knowledge for professionals in the field of behavior analysis. This panel features 3 behavior analysts who have experience obtaining grants. This presentation will review where to search for funding, what types of grants are available, best practice in proposal writing, maintenance of grant funding, and how students can get involved in the grant writing process. Learning how to write a competitive grant proposal is essential to funding meaningful research that suits the needs of both the researcher and the funding entity. Panelists will answer audience questions and provide recommendations to students interested in research grants.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): funding, grants



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