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.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

Program by Special Events: Monday, May 31, 2010

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Special Event #344
ABAI Business Meeting
Monday, May 31, 2010
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
201 (CC)
Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Raymond G. Miltenberger (University of South Florida)
Panelists: MARC N. BRANCH (Publication Board Coordinator), MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Practice Board Coordinator), TIMOTHY D. HACKENBERG (Science Board Coordinator), PHILIP N. HINELINE (Membership Board Coordinator), RAMONA HOUMANFAR (Annual Convention Program Committee Sr. Co-Chair), MARIA E. MALOTT (Chief Executive Officer), CHARLES T. MERBITZ (Education Board Coordinator), GORDON BOURLAND (Trinity Behavioral Associates)
Abstract: This is the annual business meeting of ABA International.
MARC N. BRANCH (Publication Board Coordinator)
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Practice Board Coordinator)
TIMOTHY D. HACKENBERG (Science Board Coordinator)
PHILIP N. HINELINE (Membership Board Coordinator)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (Annual Convention Program Committee Sr. Co-Chair)
MARIA E. MALOTT (Chief Executive Officer)
CHARLES T. MERBITZ (Education Board Coordinator)
GORDON BOURLAND (Trinity Behavioral Associates)
Special Event #432
Honoring the Life of Sidney W. Bijou
Monday, May 31, 2010
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Bonham C (Grand Hyatt)
Area: TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Gary D. Novak (California State University, Stanislaus)
Panelists: JACOB L. GEWIRTZ (Florida International University), PATRICK M. GHEZZI (University of Nevada), HAYNE W. REESE (West Virginia University)
Abstract: Sidney W. Bijou passed away on June 11, 2009 at age 100. Sid began his academic career in 1948 when B. F. Skinner invited him to become an assistant professor at Indiana. Sid was still active in his nineties, advising students at the University of Nevada at Reno. Along with Donald M. Baer, Sid was one of the founders of behavior analytic theory of development and behavioral experimental methods of studying children. He was also a leader in early intervention in developmental disabilities. During his long career at Indiana, Washington, Illinois, Arizona, Reno, and through his many international visits, Sid taught and influenced many students who would go on to shape the field of behavior analysis in the United States and around the world. We invite former students, colleagues, family, and friends of Sidney W. Bijou to share memories of Sid and his late wife Janet Bijou, and to celebrate their lives.
JACOB L. GEWIRTZ (Florida International University)
PATRICK M. GHEZZI (University of Nevada)
HAYNE W. REESE (West Virginia University)
Special Event #472
Presidential Address
Monday, May 31, 2010
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Ballroom A (CC)
Presidential Address: Steps to Take and Missteps to Avoid on the Quest for Mainstream Relevance
Abstract: Behavior analysis is a generic science and Skinner's vision was for it to become a mainstream science relevant to most, if not all, human concerns, both major and minor. Clearly, his vision has not been realized, despite the fact that behavioral analysis has produced numerous extraordinary findings in both basic and applied domains. Those outside the field continue to view its general relevance to basic or applied knowledge of human affairs as very limited. The behavior analytic approach to human behavior, however sexy and satisfying it may be to its few adherents (recall Skinner's lament, "We happy few, but why so few?"), is simply not sexy or satisfying to everyone else. Among the many plausible reasons for this state of affairs is that its best known basic science findings have been obtained from studying rats and pigeons and its best known applied science findings from studying persons with developmental disabilities. But there are multiple other possibilities. Behavior analysis employs an arcane language even when discussing mundane subjects. Furthermore, although that language is eminently capable of capturing the dynamics of behavior—its primordial subject matter—it seems completely incapable of capturing the aesthetics of that subject matter. Its adherents exhibit a deep mistrust of, and even contempt for, the treasured concepts used by the masses to discuss and explain their lives. Although behavior analysts eschew mentalism, many engage in it when talking about or to their critics. There are still other possibilities that explain behavior analysis’s lack of prominence, but space limitations and reader patience bid me stop. In my presidential address I will suggest some steps to take and missteps to avoid as we happy few slowly, but inexorably, trudge forward in our quest for mainstream relevance, the rightful context for the extraordinary science of behavior analysis.
PATRICK C. FRIMAN (Father Flanagan's Girls and Boys Town)
Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Edward R. Christophersen and the late Montrose Wolf. He is the current Director of the Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton Schools of Medicine. He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada as well as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the incoming President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He is also on the editorial boards of nine peer reviewed journals. He has published more than 180 scientific articles and chapters and three books. The primary focus of his scientific and clinical work in is in the area of Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children on one side, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care, on the other. He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, and pathways to success. As an example of the impact of his work, following the publication on sleep problems a few years ago, the American Medical Association invited him to headline a press conference in New York City where he was presented to the press by the Surgeon General of the United States.
Special Event #483
CE Offered: BACB
ABAI Practice Board: Autism Insurance Summit
Monday, May 31, 2010
7:30 PM–10:30 PM
216A (CC)
Area: AUT/AAB; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Michael F. Dorsey (Endicott College)
CE Instructor: Karen Wagner, Ph.D.
Panelists: LORRI UNUMB (Autism Speaks), ERIC BILLINGTON (United Health Group), MARY JANE WEISS (Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), GERALD L. SHOOK (Behavior Analyst Certification Board), SUSAN BUTLER (South Carolina Early Autism Project, Inc.), GINA GREEN (Association for Practicing Behavior Analysts), DOREEN GRANPEESHEH (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), RHONDA ROBINSON BEALE (United Behavioral Health)
Abstract: The purpose of this event is to begin a dialogue between applied behavior analysis (ABA) providers, advocates, and insurance industry representatives around the issue of the implementation of the Autism Insurance Mandate Bills and the funding of ABA services. As of September, 2009, and thanks to the hard work of many including the staff of Autism Speaks, there are now 15 states with such bills in-place and 6 more shortly to be considered in their respective state legislatures. Many providers claim that the delay in being paid for their services is driving them away from accepting referrals when insurance funding is the only source of payment.
LORRI UNUMB (Autism Speaks)
ERIC BILLINGTON (United Health Group)
MARY JANE WEISS (Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
GERALD L. SHOOK (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
SUSAN BUTLER (South Carolina Early Autism Project, Inc.)
GINA GREEN (Association for Practicing Behavior Analysts)
DOREEN GRANPEESHEH (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.)
RHONDA ROBINSON BEALE (United Behavioral Health)
Special Event #485
ABAI Social
Monday, May 31, 2010
9:30 PM–1:00 AM
Lone Star Ballroom (Grand Hyatt)
Chair: Raymond G. Miltenberger (University of South Florida)
Please join us, your friends, and colleagues for music and dancing at the ABAI Social.



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