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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Expo Poster Session #324
International ABAI Expo - Chapters
Sunday, May 25, 2008
10:00 PM–12:00 AM
South Exhibit Hall
1. ABA Spain: Training Oportunities in Behavior Analsys in Spain and Latin America.
JAVIER VIRUES ORTEGA (Instituto de Salud Carlos III), Tomas Jesus Carrasco-Gimenez (Universidad de Granada), Luis Antonio Pérez González (Universidad de Oviedo), Jose Julio Carnerero (Centro Almudaris), Maria Angeles Rebollar (ABA Spain)
Abstract: The poster and the presenters will help attendants to learn about the training oportunities that ABA offers for Spanish-speaking students and professionals. ABA Spain is the only organization that assists students from Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries to access to BACB credentials.
2. Affiliated Chapters Information.
R. DOUGLAS GREER (Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School), Darcy M. Walsh (Columbia University Teachers College)
Abstract: An overview of the ABA chapters around the world and data on membership and trends in membership will be presented.
3. Alabama ABA.
KENNETH W. ATKINS (Auburn University)
Abstract: This poster will provide an overview of the Alabama ABA Chapter, as well as, upcoming events, membership information, and upcoming 2008 convention highlights.
4. Be Yourself No Matter What They Say: Spreading the Vocabulary of BA Inside and Outside the Field of Psychology in Italy.
PAOLO MODERATO (IESCUM, ABA Italian Chapter), Giovambattista Presti (IESCUM, ABA Italian Chapter), Renato Gentile (Universita di Parma), Giovanni Miselli (IESCUM, ABA Italian Chapter), Francesco Pozzi (IESCUM, ABA Italian Chapter), Cristina Copelli (IESCUM, ABA Italian Chapter)
Abstract: IESCUM was established to translate into specific actions a vision of science in Italy, both on the educational and on the research side. In these years it has organized courses for psychologists and the first BACB certified ABA course, which welcomed the participation of parents of autistic children as attendants. The favorable climate towards ABA approach to autism has set the occasion to positively promote the values of a scientific approach to the science of behavior to audiences that are usually alien to the field. In addition the group of authors, all psychologists, moved from a Psychology to a Communication and Public Relations Academic Program. The authors experience in integrating the principles of BA to the core of a new program and the chances for interacting with a larger community using the Internet tools, will be discussed. Communicating BA and its applications will be a major focus and opportunity in the next years for IESCUM, since the humanistic roots of Psychology in Italy have not faded at all. Internet is undoubtedly the tool that will help in reaching both a specialized and non-specialized audiences, with initiatives that vary from information rich web sites, distance teaching and an electronic scientific journal.
5. Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM).
JAMES T. TODD (Eastern Michigan University), Heather M. Anson (Eastern Michigan University), Jennifer D. Kowalkowski (Eastern Michigan University), Nicole Hendriksen (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM) has been organized to support and promote scientific research on the basic principles of behavior and the extension of those principles to create demonstrably effective and humane outcome-based therapies with the primary goal of establishing and enhancing functional independent living skills. The Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan conducts an annual convention supporting all aspects of behavior analysis in Michigan and the surrounding region. BAAM's growing website offers a variety of resources for behavior analysts and all those interested in behavior analysis.
6. Behavior Analysis in Brazil.
MARTHA HÜBNER (USP Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Abstract: The Brazilian Association of Behavioral Psychology and Medicine is the Brazilian ABA chapter. It currently has 4,000 names registered in its mailing list. An average of 1,000 people have attended its annual convention, which typically occurs in the months of August/September. In 2004, ABPMC organized the second international meeting of ABA, in which 2,420 people attended. The Brazilian Association of Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine (ABPMC) was founded on November, 4th, 1991. Its objective is to congregate psychologists, researchers, professors, and students that are interested in the scientific and technological development in Behavior Analysis. The ABPMC's members come from all over Brazil. Many regional meetings have been held over the past six years. If we consider the annual meeting and the regional ones, every year we have approximately 3500 Behavior Analysts having meetings and exchanging their researches and practices. ABPMC also publishes a regular journal which is nationally recognized by the academic community. The Brazilian ABA chapter published an article in this journal describing the relationship among scientific associations in Brazil and ABA and the foundation of our chapter. Besides this, behavior analysts have been discussing better political ways of representation of the area.
7. California Association for Behavior Analysis.
CHRISTINA WHALEN (TeachTown, Inc.), R. Gregory Nunn (UHS-Keystone Schools)
Abstract: The California Association for Behavior Analysis is * dedicated to the science of behavior analysis. * committed to promoting research, education, and practice based on the principles of behavior analysis. We sponsor the top regional conference on behavior analysis in the United States and regularly feature well known researchers and clinicians from throughout the United States. We are the primary clearinghouse for research and training in behavior analysis in the Western Region of the United States. The California Association for Behavior Analysis was formed in 1998 when two organizations joined together: The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis (NCABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy/Southern California (ABAT/SC). The mission of CalABA, as stated in its bylaws, is the advancement of the profession and practices of behavior analysis. In order to fulfill this mission, CalABA commits to the following activities: 1. Support a certification process for behavior analysts and associate behavior analysts; 2. Advocate for behavior analysis services and the profession; 3. Promote quality assurance in behavior analysis; 4. Provide resources and information related to behavior analysis; 5. Advance behavior analysis via professional development activities.
8. Chicago Association for Behavior Analysis.
CHARLES T. MERBITZ (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Janet Radcliffe (Molloy Education Center/The Chicago School of Prof), Kerin Ann Weingarten (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), David A. Pyles (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: This Expo Poster marks another year for the Chicago Association for Behavior Analysis (CABA). Serving Chicago and northern Illinois, CABA is one of the oldest ABA organizations in the USA. The CABA President, Charles Merbitz, PhD, BCBA, CABA officers, and CABA members welcome you to Chicago and to the CABA Poster. We invite your questions and comments.
9. The Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis.
JOHN D. MOLTENI (The Center for Children with Special Needs)
Abstract: Learn about the current offerings of CTABA and opportunities to help grow behavior analysis within the state of Connecticut.
10. The Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group (EABG) - UK and Europe.
JOHN HUGHES (University of Wales, Bangor), Michael Beverley (University of Wales Centre for Behaviour Analysis)
Abstract: The Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group (EABG) is the UK’s leading behaviour analysis organisation. With over 400 members we have organised international meetings for over four decades. In the recent past our meetings have been held in the University College London and continue to provide an exciting forum for the dissemination and discussion of high quality behaviour analytic research from across Europe. The EABG now works in collaboration with the European Association for Behaviour Analysis (EABA) and holds biennial meetings. The next meeting of the EABG will be in held in London Easter, 2009. Recently we published the first peer reviewed special edition of the European Journal of Behavior Analysis (EJOBA) that was devoted to the April 2007 meeting of the EABG. The evidence from the EABG meetings suggests that behaviour analysis in Europe is faring well. The European Association for Behaviour Analysis, and its allied Journal the European Journal of Behaviour Analysis, mark exciting endeavours in the continuing development of behaviour analysis across Europe.
11. Florida Association for Behavior Analysis.
ANTONIO R. GELABERT (Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities), Mary M. Riordan (Behavior Management Consultants), Karen R. Wagner (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc./University of Central Florida)
Abstract: FABA's activities over the course of the past year will be presented along with a preview of the 2008 conference.
12. Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis.
JEFF KUPFER (Jeff Kupfer, PA), Nicole L. Bank (Developmental Behavioral Health, Inc.), Christina Hanson (Developmental Disabilities Resource Center), Anne S. Kupfer (Arizona State University), Riki L. Towle (Denver Options, Inc.), Travis Blevins (Behavioral Services of the Rockies)
Abstract: The Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis (4C-ABA) is an independent, non-profit, professional organization affiliated with the Association for Behavior Analysis International dedicated to promoting the experimental, theoretical, and applied analyses of behavior. Our members reside, teach, conduct research and practice primarily in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The purpose of 4-Corners ABA is to promote the science of behavior and evidence-based technologies derived from the basic science. The organization objectives are: A. Serve as a scientific and professional reference group for all in the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah who identify themselves as scientists or practitioners in disciplines and activities that utilizes the principles and practices of behavior analysis; B. Promote basic and applied research that will advance understanding of human and other animal behavior; C. Identify and promote the use of effective treatment procedures in the educational, therapeutic and habilitation needs of persons in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah within the ethical guidelines set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®, Inc.; D. Organize and sponsor an annual conference that will serve as a forum for presentation of scientific research, technological achievements and demonstrations of successful transfer of technologies. Presentations bridging animal and human research are particularly welcome; E. Promote the development and expansion of education, training, and employment in the field of behavior analysis; and F. Support efforts of allied organizations in providing evidence-based behavior analytic services.
13. Georgia ABA.
JESSICA PUGH (North Georgia Autism Center, Inc.)
Abstract: The Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis (GABA) was founded in 2001 to provide: (1) a professional network and resource for behavior analysts in Georgia; (2) a forum for members to collaborate, disseminate recent research, share ideas, and discuss needs; (3) a voice to promote the ethical and effective use of behavior analysis; (4) a resource for those seeking ABA services in Georgia; (5) the organization of an annual regional ABA conference; and (6) a provider of continuing education for professionals in Georgia.
14. Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis.
KIM MEYER (Hawaii State Hospital), Christine Kim-Walton (Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi), Jessie Mitchell (Behavioral Counseling and Research Center)
Abstract: The Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis recently held its third annual conference and is looking to expand its membership. It is seeking to establish contacts with the college and university systems within Hawaii as well as state and private providers. We are currently seeking non-profit status with the federal government. We are also looking for potential speakers at our upcoming conferences. Aloha.
15. Heartland ABA.
TAMI L. MCDOWELL (Glenwood Resource Center), Anney R. Fahrenholz (Columbus Organization), Lera Joyce Johnson (Columbus Organization at Glenwood Resource Center), Henry S. Roane (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute)
Abstract: The Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis (HLABA) is in its second year and had another successful conference! HLABA was formed to promote applied behavior analysis in Nebraska, Iowa, and surrounding states. Stop by and learn more about our chapter and its activities.
16. IABA-Israel ABA Chapter.
Abstract: The IABA was established on 2003 and held it's 5th annual conference on January 2008. IABA have over 50 Behavior Analysts, of whom more than 25 are Board approved BCBA & BCABA, all cooperating to advance ABA in every possible field of practice. There are about 100 more taking part in IABA activities, and over 100 students are enrolled in two graduate certification programs. Approved programs are offered by the University of Tel Aviv, led by Dr. Amos Rolider, and Zineman College for physical education at Wingate Institute, led by Dr. Eitan Eldar. IABA is a certified CE provider, giving opportunities for CE credits to the certified behavior analysts who participate and present in conferences held in both institutes throughout the year. IABA published the Hebrew version of ABA terms and ethical principles. Most of the students who have graduated from the Wingate and Uni. of Tel Aviv programs found positions in a variety of educational and clinical agencies. Goals for the IABA will be presented.
17. Icelandic Association for Behavior Analysis.
ATLI F. MAGNUSSON (The Diagnostic and Counselling Center), Jon Gretar Sigurjonsson (National University of Ireland, Galway), Gudridur Adda Ragnarsdottir (Atferlisgreining og Kennslurádgjöf), Thorhallur O. Flosason (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Icelandic Association for Behavior Analysis (ICEABA) was founded August 15, 2004. ICEABA is a forum for people interested in the growth and development of behavior analysis in Iceland. ICEABA's goals are to disseminate and promote behavior analysis, support behavior analytic research, communicate with and support students interested in the field, correspond with behavior analytic associations around the world, and to support the establishment of a union of behavior analysts. Currently ICEABA has 30 members, consisting of students, teachers, social facilitators, psychologists, parents, and behavior analysts. The members have access to a discussion board that has generated 4,341 messages since its foundation in October 1999. ICEABA’s Web site,, was launched on May 10, 2006.
18. Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis.
EDWARD K. MORRIS (University of Kansas), Claudia L. Dozier (University of Florida), Carl Conklin (University of Kansas), Kimberly K. Bessette (University of Kansas), Linda S. Heitzman-Powell (University of Kansas), Nanette L. Perrin (Early Childhood Autism Program, Community Living Opportunities, Inc.), Jessica A. Royer (Partners in Behavioral Milestones)
Abstract: This year's KansABA poster will describe its mission and governance and its activities in the preceding year (e.g., gaining tax-exempt status), current activities (e.g., sponsoring workshops), and future plans (e.g., improve our website).
19. Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis (MABA).
DANIELA FAZZIO (University of Manitoba & St. Amant Research Center), Kirsten M. Wirth (University of Manitoba)
Abstract: The Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis' mission and purpose is to develop and disseminate knowledge about behaviour analysis as a science. MABA’s interests are in the experimental analysis of behaviour, the applied analysis of behaviour science, dissemination to stimulate interest in and correct misunderstandings of behaviour analysis.
20. The Mexican Society for Behavior Analysis.
CARLOS A. BRUNER (National University of Mexico)
Abstract: The mission of the MABA is to disseminate our discipline across the country. To accomplish this mission the Society organizes biannual conventions and publishes the Mexican Journal of Bahavior Analysis. On November 22-24 the Society will hold its XVIII convention in the city of Xalapa, in the Mexican State of Veracruz. We are presently preparing the convention program with excellent perspectives. So far we have received more than 250 submissions for paper sessions and symposia. In addition, we will have nine keynote address' by prominent Mexican and American behavior analysts. We will also have nine invited presentations by equally prominent academics. For the second time, our next convention will feature tutorials and workshops. In sum, we expect to receive about 600 attendees. By continuing the tradition of organizing biannual conventions, we hope to maintain the vitality of behavior analysis in Mexico.
21. Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis.
ADAM DERENNE (University of North Dakota), Kathryn A. Flannery (University of North Dakota ), James E. Carr (Western Michigan University), Kevin P. Klatt (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire)
Abstract: This poster describes the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis (or MABA), an organization that holds an annual convention for students and professionals with an interest in behavior analysis.
22. The New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis.
MARLENE COHEN (Rutgers University), Lori E. Bechner (EPIC), Mary Louise E. Kerwin (Rowan University)
Abstract: NJABA will share updates about our chapter's accomplishments over the past year. Information about our conference in August 2008 will also be provided.
23. New York State Association for Behavior Analysis.
HELEN BLOOMER (H Bloomer Consulting)
Abstract: The activities of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis.
24. North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis.
R. M. (DUKE) SCHELL (J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center), Ruth M. Hurst (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Jennifer Deacon (North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis), Beth Schmitt (Murdoch Developmental Center), Ya-yu Lo (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), James Clark (J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center), Pamela Mims (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Fred Spooner (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
Abstract: The North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2008! The annual NCABA conference continues to provide NC with the premier forum for the exchange of behavior analysis research and practice. Come see the impact of behavior analysis in NC at!
25. Norwegian ABA.
TERJE GUNDHUS (Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis), Erik Arntzen (Akershus University College )
Abstract: The Norwegian ABA is a registered non-profit organization. Membership is open to anyone interested in behavior analysis and its application. At present it has 900 members, and its steadily growing. The organization is run by a Board of eight members with full executive powers, chaired by a president. There are several regional affiliated chapters and two special interest groups. The Board is elected at the annual General Assembly. The Norwegian Association is an affiliated chapter of ABA International and the ABAI International Conference is going to be held in Norway in 2009.
26. Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).
JAMES C. K. PORTER (Brock University), Carobeth Zorzos (Surrey Place Centre), Amy J. Barker Deptuch (West Park ABI Services)
Abstract: The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) is a professional organization with the goals of promoting and supporting an interest in behaviour analysis through demonstration of leadership, knowledge, training, and research for the ethical and effective application of behaviour analysis in Ontario. ONTABA was founded in 1992 and has over 300 members from many fields, including psychology, education, developmental services, and corrections, acquired brain injury, and health care.
27. Polish Association for Behavior Analysis (PABA).
MONIKA M. SUCHOWIERSKA (Warsaw School of Social Psychology), Agnieszka Aksamit-Ramotowska (Center for Early Intervention Step by Step, Warsaw, Poland)
Abstract: The poster presents the mission, structure and history of the Polish Association for Behavior Analysis (PABA). Selected events and accomplishments in the years 2000-2008 are listed. The poster also includes a list of topics covered in lectures organized by PABA on behavior analysis. The first specialization in ABA (in Poland) is described. Lastly, future plans are listed.

The PSTB Activity in 2007.

HALINA DZIEWOLSKA (Private Practice/Behavior Analyst Online), Kornela Grzegorczyk- Duciak (Polish Association of Behavioral Therapy)

1.Realized and planned courses of the PSTB activity in 2007 2.Achievements 3.Members 4.Co-operating centres

29. SEABA: The Science of Behavior Analysis.
DEAN C. WILLIAMS (University of Kansas), Karen G. Anderson (West Virginia University), Adam H. Doughty (College of Charleston), P. Scott Lawrence (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Sherry L. Serdikoff (James Madison University)
Abstract: The Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis (SEABA) is a regional affiliate of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Like its parent organization, SEABA seeks to promote scholarly discourse within and about Behavior Analysis. A guiding philosophy of SEABA is that students are junior colleagues, with an emphasis on the latter portion of the term. Consequently, SEABA strives to keep membership and convention registration fees low to facilitate student attendance. By SEABA tradition, students typically assist in the planning and orchestration of the annual meeting, introduce the invited speakers, and contribute to its scholarly well being through numerous poster presentations. SEABA membership is open to anyone with a scholarly interest in Behavior Analysis. Current members include applied, basic, and conceptual scholars; psychologists and persons in related disciplines such as education, psychopharmacology, and social work; established scholars and students. Most members reside in the Southeast, although an increasing number of members participate from other parts of the US. For further information see our website: SEABA.ORG
30. Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis (SWABA).
NED CARTER (SALAR, Stockholm, Sweden)
Abstract: The poster will present the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis and it´s current and planned activities.
31. Taiwan Association of Behavior Analysis.
HUA FENG (National Chang-hua University of Education), Jonathan Chien (SEEK Education, Inc.), Sharon Chien Chien (SEEK Education, Inc), Yachen Terri Peng (SEEK Education, Inc.), Yi-feng Huang (Taichung Autism Education Association), Hsiang-liang Hsu (Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology), Shu-Hwei Ke (ABA Learning Center)
Abstract: The objective of this poster is to present the organization and development of Taiwan ABA. The contents will include the way to disseminate information about applied behavior analysis, the certification program, the scholarship and future conference plan and training programs. The history of ABA development in Taiwan will also be presented. Besides, two institutes that emphasized on ABA principles will introduce their institutes in this session, too.
32. Texas Association for Behavior Analysis.
MANISH VAIDYA (University of North Texas)
Abstract: The poster will present information on the activities of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. The chapter hosts an annual convention as well as a series of workshops and other events throughout the year. The poster will describe these activities. TxABA also provides an opportunity for leadership training and networking. The poster will provide information on the current leadership in the organization as well as describing opportunities to get involved in the organization.
33. Vermont Association for Behavior Analysis.
MEGHAN L. MCGEE (The Baird Center for Children and Families), David L. Powsner (Sd Associates LLC, Behavioral Consultation)
Abstract: The Vermont ABA poster will articulate activities in Vermont to advance applications of applied behavior analysis, to increase capacity for such applications and to formalize the credentialing of behavior analysts.
34. Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis.
SHERRY L. SERDIKOFF (James Madison University)
Abstract: This poster will summarize the mission and goals of VABA and highlight our activities over the past year.
35. WisABA-Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysis.
ROGER FRANK BASS (Carthage College), Matthew E. Andrzejewski (University of Wisconsin, Madison), William J. Murray (Wisconsin DHFS), Corrine R. Donley (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Retired)
Abstract: WisABA is the state organization for ABA. In August of 2008, WisABA will host a large state conference at Carthage College where notables from Wisconsin and the US will present the best BA has to offer in numerous areas. Come see the progress WisABA has made in just a few years and become part of this exciting organization.

Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis.

W. LARRY WILLIAMS (University of Nevada, Reno), Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno), Mark P. Alavosius (University of Nevada, Reno), Timothy C. Fuller (University of Nevada, Reno)

The Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis is one of the many chapters of the Association for Behavior Analysis. The mission of NABA is to promote intellectual exchange and professional development in the field of behavior analysis. The chapter serves its members studying or working in public and private sectors. In addition, NABA provides opportunities for training, research, information dissemination, networking, and problem solving as they relate to conceptual, experimental and applied topics in behavior analysis. The purpose of this poster is to maintain the visibility of the NABA an active chapter at ABA and allow the opportunity for recruitment of members by a way of providing the information regarding the membership benefits and chapters activities at ABA.


Indiana Association for Behavior Analysis: Hoosier ABA.

BRIDGET HARRISON (Innovations In Learning, PC)

The Indiana ABA would like to welcome all interested participants to learn a little more about behavior analysis in the state of Indiana. Indiana ABA more casually referred to as Hoosier ABA is excited to have achieved its first year as an affiliated chapter of ABAI and is looking forward to continued growth. Please join us and meet the members of Hoosier ABA and who are making a difference in Indiana.


Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis.

NEALETTA HOUCHINS-JUAREZ (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Behavior Analysis Clinic)

The Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis is an affiliate chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis. The mission of TABA is to: encourage the understanding of behavior analysis in academic, research, and the natural environments within the state; support the design and application of effective behavioral procedures to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Tennessee; serve as a professional reference group for those who identify themselves as scientists or practitioners in disciplines that embrace the principles and practices of behavior analysis; advise political, legislative, and policy-making bodies with respect to all matters pertaining to behavior analysis; organize an annual conference that shall serve as a forum for the presentation of scientific and technological achievements, clinical practice, as well as for discussion of the affairs of the organization; and to publish and distribute information on behavior analysis. The purpose of this poster is to disseminate information on membership and TABA activities to the ABA audience.




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