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

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Expo Poster Session #114
ABAI Boards and Committees
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:30 PM–11:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A (CC)
50. The ABAI Education Board
CHARLES T. MERBITZ (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: The mission of the Education Board is to develop, improve, and disseminate best practices in the recruitment, training, and professional development of behavior analysis. This year was again a very busy one for the Education Board and its subsidiary Boards and Task Forces (Graduate Accreditation, Undergraduate Accreditation, Accreditation recognition, Site Visitor Training, and Student Subcommittees.) The major effort has been to accommodate the Model Licensing Act that would allow licensure for graduates of accredited programs. This goal also impacts ABAI’s accreditation standards, acceptance of ABAI’s Standards by other agencies, and many other changes. Progress to date will be outlined and any members interested in helping with these efforts are invited to join us. The Education Board also wishes to report that the National Center for Education Statistics of the US Department of Education now recognizes ABA as a distinct type of academic program with its own numeric Classification of Instructional Program (“CIP”) code (42.2814). Please note that CIP data rely upon the reports of universities so we request that faculty memebrs notify their Office of Institutional Research or its equivalent on your campus to correctly categorize ABA programs and hence better inform policy-makers of ABA training resource needs.
51. The ABAI Practice Board—Meeting the Needs of Practitioners
MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC), Thomas L. Zane (The Center for Applied Behavior Analysis at The Sage Colleges), Jennifer R. Zarcone (University of Rochester Medical Center), Travis Thompson (University of Minnesota), R. Douglas Greer (Teachers College, Columbia University), Michael J. Dougher (University of New Mexico), Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University), Josh Pritchard (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The Practice Board was formed in response to the charge from the ABAI Executive Council “To meet the needs of ABAI members and members of its affiliated chapters providing behavior analytic services to various constituencies consistent with the scientific foundations of behavior analysis.” At the core of this mission is the Board’s responsibility to promote the professional provision of evidence-based, applied behavior analysis services and protect the public.
52. ABAI Practice Board: Licensure Committee–Current Status and Developments
MICHAEL F. DORSEY (Endicott College)
Abstract: This poster will communicate to ABAI members current status and developments regarding the Practice Board's licensure support initiatives. Several state have now passed licensure laws for applied behavior analysts. As we see this effort growing rapidly and behavior analysis being more widely recognized as an effective intervention for various behavior problems and conditions, such as autism, it is critical that we are organized as a field, and that the practitioner members of ABAI receive supports. Current initiatives in the past year are included in the poster to provide this support, as well as up to date information practitioners should know regarding establishing licening boards for behavior analysts in states that have passed such legislation. Information regarding requirements for becoming licensed and the status of the ABAI model act as well as future directions for the licensing iniative and types of supports available for practitioners in the field will be provided. Resources for applied behavior analyst practitioners and contact information to receive support will also be provided.
53. The Practice Board Governmental Affairs Committee
Eric Billington (United Health Group), Jonathan J. Tarbox (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), Megan Guidi (Vinfen Corporation), Amy Kenzer (Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc.), R. WAYNE FUQUA (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The mission of the Governmental Affairs Committee is to represent the interests of practicing Applied Behavior Analysts in governmental matters at both the federal and state level. The Committee is composed of members of ABAI who recommend annual legislative priorities and review statutes and regulations on a federal and state level related to the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. The Committee is vested in arranging public testimony at legislative hearings, communicating with stake holders and affiliated organizations, and planning an annual public Committee meeting. Through its advocacy efforts, the Committee will help to achieve significant legislation, funding, and programs on the state and federal levels in the support of practicing Applied Behavior Analysts.
54. ABAI Membership Board
PHILIP N. HINELINE (Temple University), Jay Moore (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas)
Abstract: The Membership Board is concerned with recruiting and evaluating candidates for the standing of Associate Members, of Full Members, and of Fellows of ABAI. Members of the evaluating committees will be available to answer questions concerning the criteria for each of these categories of membership, and the processes whereby each are evaluated
55. ABAI Program Board: An Overview of the Program Convention System
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno), Raymond C. Pitts (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
Abstract: The purpose of this poster is to provide a data-based overview of the ABA Convention Program System, and a ‘behind the scenes” view of the associated processes. A step by step depiction of the major processes highlights the activities of the Program Committee members. This presentation also includes data associated with the overall convention growth, expansion of the Program Areas, different types of presentation, and consumer satisfaction.
56. ABAI Student Committee
Erick M. Dubuque (University of Nevada, Reno), Sarah M. Dunkel-Jackson (Southern Illinois University), JOSH PRITCHARD (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This poster summarizes the activities and accomplishments of the ABA Student Committee over the past year and future goals for the upcoming year. We also will provide information for ABA student members to become involved.
57. ABAI's Board of Affiliated Chapters
GORDON BOURLAND (Trinity Behavioral Associates)
Abstract: This poster will present the Board's activities of the Board from the past year. Included will be outcomes of the pre-conference meeting held before the 4th Annual Autism Conference.



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