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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Invited Tutorial #391
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Momentum Theory: A Review and Implications for Practice
Monday, May 26, 2014
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
W183a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Joel Eric Ringdahl, Ph.D.
Chair: Andrew W. Gardner (Northern Arizona University)
Presenting Authors: : JOEL ERIC RINGDAHL (Southern Illinois University)

The field of Applied Behavior Analysis has seen a recent increase in the amount research conducted related to the maintenance of treatment effects, relapse of problem behavior, and what basic behavior analysis has to say regarding these events. Dr. Ringdahl and his students and colleagues at Southern Illinois University and the University of Iowa have been investigating how behavioral momentum theory can be explored and used to inform the development of interventions for severe problem behavior exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities, and used to evaluate the strength of these treatments. This tutorial will review basic behavioral findings related to the aforementioned areas. In addition, implications for practice will be discussed as they relate to the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. Data from recently published or presented applied research projects will be used to illustrate the direct link between basic findings and applied outcomes.

JOEL ERIC RINGDAHL (Southern Illinois University)
Dr. Joel E. Ringdahl is an assistant professor in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program in the Rehabilitation Institute. He received his Ph.D. (1999) and M.A. (1995) in psychology from Louisiana State University and a B.S. (1992) also in psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Ringdahl is a licensed psychologist in the state of Iowa and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is currently an editorial board member for Research in Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Behavioral Education, Education and Treatment of Children, Research Reviews Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. Dr. Ringdahl's research interests include functional analysis and treatment of severe behavior problems exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities, stimulus preference assessments, functional communication training, and translational research in the area of behavioral momentum theory and behavioral economics. Dr. Ringdahl has published several peer-reviewed articles and has been a researcher on National Institutes of Health-funded projects.



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