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.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Expo Poster Session #266
#266 ABA Expo - Special Interest Groups
Sunday, May 28, 2006
10:00 PM–12:00 AM
Grand Hall West

Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group.

EDUARDO J. FERNANDEZ (Indiana University), Jennifer L. Sobie (Western Michigan University)

The Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA) was created to promote research and application of behavior analytic principles to the field of animal training. Members of the SIG are interested in or involved in animal training with a wide range of animals, both domestic (e.g., dogs, horses) and exotic (e.g., zoo animals). Each year at the ABA convention, members of the Applied Animal Behavior SIG present research-based and theoretical papers and posters. To support such endeavors, the SIG makes available to its members research tools to aid in the design, implementation and dissemination of results of studies assessing the efficacy and/or contribution of behavior analysis in animal behavior, including the annual presentation of the Marion Breland Bailey Award for Student Research and Scholarship. The poster will display SIG member activities, photos of animal facility tours from past conferences, and will include a compellation of animal related presentations scheduled for the 2006 conference. Officers from the Applied Animal Behavior SIG will be available during the poster session to discuss the SIG's activities and goals with interested ABA members.

47. Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group.
JONATHAN C. BAKER (Western Michigan University), Paige Raetz (Western Michigan University), Linda A. LeBlanc (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Behavioral Gerontology SIG is comprised of a group of ABA professionals interested in aging topics ranging from basic research to applied issues related to clinical and organizational interventions. The SIG meets every year at the ABA convention and would love to have you join them. The SIG sponsors a student presenter award every year for a student symposium or poster presentation in aging. The SIG collaborates to coordinate symposia and invited events for each year's convention. Finally, the SIG publishes an electronic newsletter twice a year to keep the membership informed of happenings in the field and upcoming events.
48. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility.
MARK A. MATTAINI (Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago), Elizabeth T. Merbitz (Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago)
Abstract: Behaviorists for Social Responsibility is an ABA SIG. This poster will describe our activities, including the journal Behavior and Social Issues, and will encourage membership and active involvement in the SIG.
49. Behaviorists Interested in Gambling Special Interest Group (BIG SIG).
GINGER R. WILSON (Nyansa Learning Corporation), Patrick M. Ghezzi (University of Nevada, Reno), Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University), Charles A. Lyons (Eastern Oregon University)
Abstract: This poster will highlight all BIG SIG members and their affiliation. In addition, this poster will highlight all BIG SIG related activities at ABA 2006.
50. Clinical Special Interest Group.
ANN BRANSTETTER-ROST (Southwest Missouri State University)
Abstract: The clinical special interest group is a group of ABA members who specialize in clinical applications of behavior analysis. Our members work in various setting with varied populations. The mission of the SIG is to promote clinical behavior analysis, and to share our work with each other, as well as the public at large. If you are interested in clinical applications of behavior analysis, this poster will provide information on mission, membership, and meetings.
51. Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group.
JACOB L. GEWIRTZ (Florida International University)
Abstract: The Development and Behavior Analysis SIG will present the current activities of and future plans for the organization.
52. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior SIG.
CYNTHIA J. PIETRAS (Western Michigan University), Eric A. Jacobs (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), Jennifer M. O'Donnell (Mountain States Employers Council)
Abstract: The EAHB-SIG aims to promote the development of the experimental analysis of behavior with human subjects. The SIG maintains an online journal fo the publication of human research, sponsors a yearly student paper competition, and at ABA delivers an EAHB Distinguished Career Award.
53. The Health, Sport & Fitness Special Interest Group.
MICHAEL A. KIRKPATRICK (Wesley College, Dover, Delaware)
Abstract: The Health, Sport & Fitness (HSF) Special Interest Group (SIG) at ABA: International consists of behavior analysts, students, athletes, and health buffs with an interest in applying behavioral principles to promote health-positive behavior. At the annual ABA conference, we organize symposia and paper sessions, hold a business meeting, and sponsor work-out sessions. We promote research and interdisciplinary collaboration, sponsor a student research award, and offer a forum for new ideas. Our newsletter is free to members and published 1-4 times per year. A Yahoo-group permits open online discussion on any relevant topic. Anyone sharing our interests is welcome to join.
54. Instructional Design SIG Anyone?
GUY S. BRUCE (Appealing Solutions, LLC)
Abstract: Instructional design is a tool for solving "know-how" problems. It can be used to design more efficient teaching and training programs for staff and clients, so that organizations and individuals achieve desired results. For example, an effective behavior management plan should include an efficient training program for those language, social, work, and daily living skills that persons with learning difficulties need to achieve their personal goals. In the same way, staff need efficient training programs so that they will quickly learn the skills they need to help clients achieve their goals. Teachers and trainers at any level can use instructional design to help their students rapidly acquire the skills they need to be effective in their careers, whether these careers are in behavior analysis or in other fields.Those interested in learning more about instructional design are invited to attend a SIG meeting at this conference. Attendees will be asked to talk about their current instructional design projects and to plan SIG activities for the coming year.
55. Interbehaviorists SIG.
THOMAS L. SHARPE, JR. (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Abstract: Interbehaviorists SIG.
56. The Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network.
RHIANNON M. FANTE (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The poster will describe OBM Network activities over the past year, and encourage membership in the organization.
57. Parent-Professional Partnership.
Abstract: The number of consumers who attend the ABA Convention has increased in recent years. The PPP SIG enhances the conference experience for these consumers, particularly parents of children with autism. Through this venue, the SIG will provide materials of interest to parents and professionals alike. Materials will include the Autism SIG Guidelines and specific information on effective parent and professional collaboration. This venue will also provide networking opportunities for parents and professionals.
58. Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group.
MATTHEW TINCANI (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Cynthia M. Anderson (University of Oregon), Patricia Egan (State University of New York, Plattsburgh)
Abstract: The Positive Behavior Support SIG is for members of ABA who are interested in behavior analysis and positive behavior support. Objectives of the SIG include increasing the number and visibility of PBS presentations at the ABA conference; disseminating accurate information about PBS to ABA’s membership; promoting methodologically sound, data-based PBS research; and facilitating open dialogue among behavior analysts and proponents of PBS. We encourage anybody interested in the PBS SIG to stop by our poster at the ABA Expo or to attend the PBS SIG business meeting (see the convention program book).
59. Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SPABA SIG).
JAMIE M. SEVERTSON (Western Michigan University), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.), Christine M. Louisignau (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The mission of the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) Special Interest Group is to promote communication and collaboration between speech/language pathologists (SLPs) and behavior analysts in the dissemination of behaviorally oriented speech and language research and in the application of evidence-based practices. Members are speech pathologists, behavior analysts, and students in these two fields who advocate a behavioral approach to address speech/language problems both clinically and through empirical research. During this first year of organization, activities focused on promoting interest in the group to increase membership. These activities included creating a brochure, publishing several newsletter articles to introduce SPABA to speech pathologists and behavior analysts, and identifying universities that have both speech pathology and behavior analysis programs. Future goals include re-designing the website to include tutorials on ABA and autism and to provide links to SLP and ABA publications and organizations. SPABA is also interested in creating regional groups of speech pathologists and behavior analysts who can meet throughout the year and collaborate on projects of mutual professional interest.
60. Standard Celeration Society (SCS) Special Interest Group: Charting the Course for the Future.
MICHAEL FABRIZIO (Fabrizio/Moors Consulting), Abigail B. Calkin (Calkin Consulting Center), Nicholas M. Berens (University of Nevada, Reno), William J. Helsel (AGILE Learners Program at PLEA), Katherine Sandra MacLeod (University of Utah), Jesus Rosales-ruiz (University of North Texas)
Abstract: Since 1990 the Standard Celeration Society has comprised a collegial organization for all persons who use Standard Celeration Charts to monitor and change human behavior frequencies. The Society's members come from a diverse background. They apply the Chart to all levels of education, including pre-school, elementary and middle school, high school, and college, as well as to all types special education. Additionally, members have used the Chart in human services organizations, business and industrial applications, performance management and improvement consulting, parenting and child rearing, self-management projects and general scientific analysis of national and world economic and social problems. The Society encourages the development and growth of a science of human behavior and learning, and promotes using the Standard Celeration Chart to further that objective. Moreover, the Society seeks research to create data-based functional applications derived from the science of behavior and learning. Ultimately, we have a society to create a more loving, less fearful world. Mission Statement: The basic mission of the Standard Celeration Society is to promote standard measurement and monitoring of behavior frequencies and their celerations.



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