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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Expo Poster Session #146
Special Interest Groups
Sunday, May 29, 2016
7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt Regency, Purple East
128. All Students Can Learn and All Teachers Can Be Successful! Direct Instruction Special Interest Group
Abstract: Effective and efficient instruction benefits ALL students; however evidenced-based instructional practices are essential for teaching students with learning challenges. Direct Instruction is effective, efficient and evidence-based. To be effective, the instructional process must be efficient and designed to maximize learner engagement. However, effective instruction further requires that the educator be knowledgeable and skillful in several critical domains. The successful educator is able to identify the essential skills or learning objectives to be taught and utilizes effective procedures for teaching those skills; this includes evaluating, selecting, and modifying instructional programs and materials to meet the unique needs of the learner. The effective instructor utilizes assessment data to appropriately place learners and to regularly monitor their progress. The successful educator utilizes effective lesson presentation techniques including appropriate pacing of instructional tasks, attending to the motivation of learners, and the diagnosis and correction of learner errors. Importantly, the effective instructor analyzes assessment data and uses assessment results to guide instructional decision making. The Direct Instruction philosophy: All Students Can Learn and All Teachers Can Be Successful! Please plan to attend the Direct Instruction SIG business meeting and join us in promoting research-validated instructional practices!
129. Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (AAB SIG)
Terri M. Bright (MSPCA Angell), ERICA N. FEUERBACHER (Carroll College), Valerie Segura (Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens)
Abstract: The mission of the Applied Animal Behavior Special Interest Group (AAB SIG) is to promote applied animal behavior analytic research, set high standards in methods and techniques of animal training, support those in the applied animal behavior field, and promote the well-being of animals in applied settings wherever they are found. Membership in the AAB SIG is diverse and includes academicians, researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines dedicated to, affiliated with or interested in animal behavior and/or behavior management/therapy with animals in applied settings. We welcome new members who share our interest in animal behavior and applied behavior analysis. Animal behavior is a field recognized to require an extensive knowledge of species-specific ethology. However, animal behavior change requires the addition of a complete and academically supported awareness and understanding of the principles of behavior analysis and the application of these principles in applied settings. The AAB SIG promotes empirically verified applications of behavior analysis in animal behavior change treatments, and actively promotes the application of behavior analysis to applied animal behavior therapy.

BAARTS: Behavior Analysis and the Arts Special Interest Group

TRAVIS THOMPSON (University of Minnesota)

This poster will provide information regarding the recently established special interest group, Behavior Analysis and the Arts. The purpose of the BAARTS SIGis to promote empirical exploration and understanding of the relation between behavior analysis and the arts. For the purposes of this SIG, the arts include visual, literary, and performing arts. The mission is to promote behavior analysis through networking, participation in special events, promotion of artistic activities, and dissemination of information.

131. Behavior Analysis and Technology Special Interest Group
KENNETH J. KILLINGSWORTH (Killingsworth Consulting), Zachary H. Morford (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The behavior analysis and technology (BAT) SIG was formed to advance the science of behavior through the development, dissemination, and application of technology in basic and applied settings. Technology can refer to developments in behavioral science, as well as developments in computer science, information technology, and related fields. The organization will also serve as an outlet for open-source hardware and software technologies relevant to behavioral research and application. The goals of the BAT SIG are: 1) to serve as a scientific and professional reference and networking group for its members, 2) to disseminate information to inform its membership and promote its mission to a wider audience, and 3) to organize an annual meeting to provide a forum for discussion of the affairs of the SIG.
132. Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group
JULIA H. FIEBIG (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis for Sustainable Societies (BASS) Special Interest Group was established to advance applications of behavior analysis to environmental issues that contribute to the development of solutions to climate change, pollution, over-consumption of resources, imbalances of environmental sustainability. Information on BASS mission, events, membership, and other pertinent information will be presented in poster format.
133. Behavioral Development Special Interest Group
PER HOLTH (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Patrice Marie Miller (Salem State University), Martha Pelaez (Florida International University)
Abstract: Our DEV SIG promotes behavior analytic empirical and conceptual analyses of issues related to behavioral development, and it encourages examination of how methodological and theoretical positions outside behavior analysis approach these issues empirically and conceptually. These kinds of analyses have often dealt with many complex kinds of behavioral phenomena such as stimulus equivalence, relational frames, language, motivation, problem solving, and autism, as well as normal and problematic behaviors and social interactions. In addition, our discussions have also dealt with historical bases of behaviorism and behavior analysis as basic science and applied practice. The SIG has about 175 members, including faculty, students and practitioners who are members of other SIGs (e.g., autism, education) and are interested in our SIG's mission and Human Development Conference Program and discussions. This presentation displays the activities of the Behavioral Development Special Interest Group and our plans for the next year.

Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group

RACHEL ARMSTRONG (Eastern Michigan University), Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University), Allison A. Ilem (Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division), Hanna Steinunn Steingrimsdottir (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Christopher Walmsley (Western Michigan University)

The Behavioral Gerontology Special Interest Group (SIG) applies the science and philosophy of behavior analysis to problems that occur during later life, typically referring to problems of individuals aged 65 and older. Attendees of ABAI's annual meeting will receive information about the current areas of special interest to behavior analysts working with older adults. Because of the diversity of the older adult population, these interest areas are broad. They range from self-management for health promotion and disease prevention, over staff or family training and individual clinical interventions, to human operant studies to examine the loss of skills in the case of neurodegenerative diseases. Provided with the poster will be references to the relevant clinical and research literature, clinical resources, and educational and training opportunities. The poster will also detail the goals of the SIG, its activities, and the steps to become a SIG member along with social media links and contact information.

135. Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group of ABA-I
GRETCHEN A. DITTRICH (Simmons College)
Abstract: The Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group promotes the application of behavior analytic methodology to the prevention and treatment of behaviors associated with chronic illness and disease, and the promotion of behaviors associated with improved health and treatment adherence. The Expo poster will be utilized to increased awareness of the group, the sponsored presentations at ABA-I, and to recruit new members.
136. Behaviorists for Social Responsibility
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University), Molli Luke (University of Nevada, Reno), Kendra Combs (Western Michigan University ), Tara M. Grant (Brohavior), Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas), Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago)
Abstract: BFRS, the oldest SIG in ABAI, invites colleagues to learn how behavior analysis can promote progressive, systemic social change. BFSR members engage in theoretical, conceptual, and empirical analyses of significant social issues related sustainability, economic and social justice, violence, health and wellness, political systems, culture, among others. BFSR publishes the journal "Behavior and Social Issues," maintains a visible presence at ABAI conventions with panels, symposia, and invited presenters, and provides leadership for generalizing behavior analytic science from academia to the real world.
137. Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) SIG
EMILY THOMAS JOHNSON (Behavior Attention and Developmental Disabilities Consultants, LLC), Thomas J. Waltz (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) involves the application of behavior analytic principles to the full range of human problems, many of which have traditionally been considered “mental health” issues. CBA clinicians work with the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and other behavior to help people move beyond their problems and toward living more fulfilling lives. The Clinical SIG is dedicated to facilitating collaboration between researchers and clinicians to further the field’s ability to apply clinical populations. This group seeks to promote Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) at ABAI and is interested in maintaining the longstanding relationship between basic research and clinical application.

Crime, Delinquency, and Forensic Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

MICHAEL WEINBERG (Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC)

This SIG has much to offer those behavior analysts who are interested in the prevention and treatment of offenders to prevent recidivism, lessen the burden on our prison system, save society money, and overall reduce crime and the damage it does to families. The mission is to ensure that those in the criminal justice fields have access to appropriate, evidence-based behavior analytic therapy to reduce crime and delinquency. Journal of Behavior Analysis of Offender and Victim: Treatment and Prevention was sold to the American Psychological Association (APA) with the other BAO journals in 2012. The SIG is currently exploring a larger role in its relationship with APA to ensure that evidence-based behavior analytic practices used in working with offenders and in rehabilitation programs are published in the new APA combination journal Behavior Analysis Research and Practice.

139. Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
MEGAN MILLER (FSU CARD/Navigation Behavioral Consulting), Melissa Engasser (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center, Inc.), Christine Evanko (Chapter Adjunct), Elizabeth G. Callahan (Caldwell University)
Abstract: The Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (DBA-SIG) gathers to explore ways of sharing and advancing the science of human behavior, spreading information and providing access to behavior analysis to the public at large. The DBA-SIG stresses the importance of using language that is friendly and easy to understand: providing a sense of what exactly our science and helping society realize the potential of this science. We're looking to release behavior analysis from its pigeonholes, and publicize the potential our science has to develop global solutions. If you are interested in the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis worldwide, then this is the place for you.
140. Ethics & Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
DAVID J. COX (University of Florida)
Abstract: The mission of the Ethics and Behavior Analysis (EBA) SIG is to enhance the current state of and provide recommendations for ethical conduct for all individuals who use the title "behavior analyst." This is accomplished by engaging in analyses regarding what does ethical emission of behavior analytic activities look like as well as engaging in a behavioral analysis of ethical behavior.
141. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group
J. ADAM BENNETT (Western Michigan University), Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas), Yusuke Hayashi (Penn State Hazleton), Kathryn M. Kestner (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The mission of the EAHB-SIG is to promote the experimental analysis of behavior with human subjects as a means of addressing important fundamental questions about human problems and human nature. In recent years, the energies of EAHB-SIG members have focused on three continuing projects: (1) The EAHB-SIG Distinguished Contributions Award: This award is designed to recognize substantive and sustained contributions to the EAHB literature. The award is presented at the annual convention; (2) The Student Paper Competition: This competition is designed to promote and recognize scholarly activity in the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior. Students are encouraged to submit original research that has not been reviewed elsewhere. Participants receive high quality reviews from experts in their respective areas of research; (3) The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin: The SIG also maintains an online journal (ISSN 1938-7237) for the publication of empirical articles, technical reports, and other types of articles of interest to researchers engaged in the experimental analysis of human behavior.
142. Gambling Special Interest Group of Association for Behavior Analysis International
MACK S. COSTELLO (Rider University), Seth W. Whiting (Yale University)
Abstract: Membership in the Gambling Special Interest Group (G-SIG) is open to any ABAI member and all professionals interested in gambling. All members are encouraged to participate, give input, and contribute to the Gambling Special Interest Group community of researchers and practitioners. Gambling Special Interest Group members have access to several custom-made software programs used in gambling research. Custom software includes roulette, dice rolling, and slot machine configurations. The Gambling Special Interest Group maintains a message board, website, and has a history of holding stand-alone conferences over the years, as well as symposia at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention. Come and stop by the poster to talk with officers about the Gambling Special Interest Group, receive membership information, and discuss ideas about behavior analysis and gambling.

Health, Sports and Fitness SIG


The mission of the Health, Sports & Fitness Special Interest Group (SIG) is to bring together and support behavior analysts with personal and/or professional interests in the areas of health, sports and fitness (HSF). The Health, Sports & Fitness SIGs current activities and goals are (1) to bring together increasing numbers of behavior analysts with professional and/or personal interest in the areas of health, sports, and fitness, (2) to highlight behavioral research and application in the areas of health, sports and fitness (3) to expand current methods of communicating with SIG members and other interested parties (4) to provide incentives and support to student members conducting research in these areas and (5) to provide activities and events that will strengthen collaborative efforts among members. Current members participate in research and practice in the areas of health and wellness training with individuals with and without disabilities, sports training and workplace wellness. SIG members have the opportunity to network for practice and research purposes, as well as learning ways to become more involved in the areas of health, sports and fitness as behavior analysts.


History of Behavior Analysis

EDWARD K. MORRIS (The University of Kansas), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), Karen R. Wagner (Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc;

This poster describes the purview, vision, and mission of the Association for Behavior Analysiss Special Interest Group for the History of Behavior Analysis (HoBA). Our purview is the long past, short history, and recent origins of behavior analysis. Our vision is to advance and expand behavior analysis nationally and internationally through its history and historiography. Our mission is to cultivate and nurture, enrich and improve, and communicate and disseminate the fields history and historiography. Our strategies have included maintaining a Listserv and a website and holding annual business meetings at the ABAI conventions. Last year, we developed our first strategic initiatives, among them creating a syllabus bank for instructors, creating lists of relevant archives, establishing an historian in every SIG and ABAI affiliate chapter, and preparing bibliographies of published and electronic sources. Still others await (e.g., an annual ABAI HoBA symposium, an awards program). These and more will be described on the poster.

146. Neuroscience SIG: Your Brain on Behavior!
SUZANNE H. MITCHELL (Oregon Health & Science University)
Abstract: We will highlight the main objective and the four missions of our SIG. That is, to bring together researchers, academics, clinicians, and students interested in the intersections of behavior analysis and neuroscience and to: (1) introduce behavior analytic research to the neurosciences and vice versa; (2) provide a meeting place and training environment for students and professionals alike interested in basic and applied neuroscience research; (3) provide a forum for collaborative relationships and the sharing best practices; and (4) advocate for and promote high standards in the application of behavior analytic treatments for individuals with neurological dysfunction. Those interested in contributing to our efforts in increasing the relevance and visibility of this SIG or with ideas for initiatives to do this are encouraged to visit the expo and speak to us.
147. Organizational Behavior Management Network (OBMN)
HEATHER M. MCGEE (Western Michigan University), Rachael Tilka (Western Michigan University), Jonathan Hochmuth (Western Michigan University), Amber Marie Candido (University of Nevada, Reno), Carolyn Brayko (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network, founded in 1982, exists in order to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of Organizational Behavior Management through: Research, Education, Practice, and Collaboration. The OBM Network is a non-profit organization, whose members are consultants, academicians, students, employees, managers, supervisors, and executives. OBM is a science-based approach to improving human performance and execution in organizations. OBM produces significant and measurable outcomes in behavior change, organization and culture change, organizational management systems, and process improvement. OBM practitioners have a bottom-line focus and their work shows substantial and continuing financial impact to organizations. Individuals interested in applying behavioral principles to the improvement of performance in business and industry are encouraged to visit the OBM Network poster to learn more about OBM, the OBM Network, and membership benefits. Informational and promotional materials will be available for all visitors and OBM Network staff will be on hand to discuss the Network and its activities, as well as to answer any questions about the Network.
148. Positive Behavior Support Special Interest Group
ROSE IOVANNONE (University of South Florida/Florida Mental Health), Robert F. Putnam (May Institute)
Abstract: Positive behavior support uses behavioral principles to redesign environmental contexts that enhance quality of life while decreasing problem behavior and increasing socially valid replacement behaviors. Behavior analysts involved in positive behavior support operate in various levels including direct child and/or interventionist level to broad systems level (e.g., schools or organizations). The Positive Behavior Support Interest Group provides a forum for behavior analysts to discuss issues relevant to the profession.
149. Practitioner Issues in Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
Abstract: The PIBA SIG was initiated in 2007 as a support effort for Behavior Analyst Practitioners to promote independent practice, provide resources, and to provide a forum for discussion of pertinent issues. The SIG developed an early model licensure act and helped establish graduate course and supervised experience standards for licensure. We have also assisted with dissemination of behavior analysis methods and applied, as well as translational research, and provided an online discussion forum for practitioners who are members of ABAI to discuss issues of concern and needs of practitioners and those we serve. The poster will update current efforts and provide a means of maintaining this SIG to meet future needs of Behavior Analyst practitioners. Some areas include insurance coverage, home and community services, licensure issues, clinical behavior analysis and others
150. Rehabilitation and Independent Living Special Interest Group
CHRIS PERSEL (Centre for Neuro Skills)
Abstract: The purpose of this special interest group is to review issues of interest affecting individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injuries, stroke, brain tumor and related neurological deficits. Treatment for this population is complex and challenging, requiring the efforts of many therapeutic disciplines including behavior analysis, neuroscience, allied health therapists and medicine. This group provides an opportunity to network with rehabilitation professionals working in neurorehabilitation programs across the country. By bringing a diverse group of individuals together to discuss behavior analysis in non-autism populations encourages growth and learning. Past topics of interest has included student intern programs, research, funding, staff training, sports concussion, community reintegration, and military-related injuries. New concerns emerge which will impact the growth of ABA in rehabilitation, only strengthening the importance for the participation of supportive professionals in one of the oldest SIGs in ABAI. Interested parties can search “Facebook: ABA Special Interest Group” to connect with this group and join us at the business meeting.
151. Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group
BRIGID MCCORMICK (Precision ABA, LLC), Deric E. Toney (University of Nevada, Reno), Annette Griffith (Momentum Behavioral Health)
Abstract: The Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice Special Interest Group exists to help disseminate empirically verified information regarding sex education and sex therapy to behavior analysts working in applied settings. The Sexual Behavior SIG also supports basic and applied research on the emergence and maintenance of human sexual behavior in typically developing individuals, individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, and other populations. Members or this special interest group include professionals, teachers, direct service providers, parents, and consumers who are concerned with issues of sex therapy, sex education, and sex research. Sexual Behavior SIG was founded in 2007 as STEP SIG and has been providing a symposium at the annual convention of ABAI since its inception, sharing both conceptual and empirical presentations with conference attendees.

Spanish SIG: To Bring Together Spanish-Speaking ABAI Members


El SIG Español se dedica a la difusión del análisis del comportamiento entre los miembros del ABAI que hablan español,y como a toda la comunidad de habla hispana, y aquella que provee servicios a individuos de habla hispana.

SIG Españolis dedicated to the dissemination of behavior analysis between ABA members who speak Spanish and the Spanish-speaking community, and provides services to Spanish-speaking individuals.

153. Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
NIKIA DOWER (Dower and Associates, Inc.), Tracie L. Lindblad (Monarch House), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC), Landa L. Mark (Monarch House - Victoria), Amber Valentino (Trumpet Behavioral Health - Monterey Bay)
Abstract: The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) SIG poster will provide information about the SIG’s mission, the composition of our membership, the treatment and research areas applicable to the members of our SIG, and finally, the various benefits of membership in and donation to our SIG. The SIG’s mission is to promote the dissemination of behaviorally-oriented speech and language research and the application of evidence-based practices relevant to the full range of services provided by speech and language professionals. Expo attendees to our poster will receive information about SIG membership and its benefits and the resources that are available on the SIG website and the SIG Facebook page. As well, opportunities for participation on various SIG committees will be highlighted. In addition, SIG Executive members will be available at the poster for informal discussions with visitors, to answer specific questions and, in general, to promote interest in the dissemination of behavioral interventions for speech and language disorders.
154. Standard Celeration Society
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy)
Abstract: Since 1990 the Standard Celeration Society (SCS) has comprised a collegial organization for all persons who use Standard Celeration Charts to monitor and change human behavior frequencies. The Society’s heritage lies greatly in Precision Teaching and its founder Ogden R. Lindsley. The SCS has more recently been focusing its efforts on building a sustainable organization. The committed work of our leaders (i.e., an active Board of Directors, an incredible volunteer force of Co-Presidents, six Vice Presidents (VP), Associate VPs and committee members) is providing a strong foundation for accomplishing this goal. The Society has always encouraged the development and growth of a science of human behavior and learning, and promoted using the Standard Celeration Chart to further that objective. Come learn about member benefits, special-interest tracks at our annual conference, and so much more.
155. Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
Abstract: Teaching Behavior Analysis (TBA) is a special interest group of the Association for Behavior Analysis. TBA's purpose is simple - to improve the teaching and learning of the principles and applications of behavior analysis in any setting where those activities occur. Those settings include formal classrooms; agencies and organizations that design behavioral interventions for children, adults, and animals; business concerns that provide performance management training for their personnel or consultees; and homes where the main concerns are caring and effective child-raising, supportive family relationships, and enjoyable, well-mannered pets.
156. Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual Issues SIG
WILLIAM M. BAUM (University of California, Davis), Benjamin N. Witts (St. Cloud State University), Naomi Homayouni (California State University, Northridge), Todd A. Ward (University of North Texas)
Abstract: The TPC-SIG was borne from a collaboration of today’s most influential thinkers in behavior analysis. There is no one fundamental theoretical orientation in the SIG, and we welcome and value any collaboration that works towards increased awareness and interest in our primary focus: theory, philosophy, and conceptual issues. We encourage anyone, member of ABAI or not, to consider membership in the SIG so that all members can benefit from each other’s unique perspectives. Of particular interest in our SIG are those members who are new or early-career. We believe firmly that all behavior analysts, regardless of profession, can only be their best with a firm understanding in theory, philosophy, and conceptual issues. It is our mission to develop this interest, support efforts related to TPC issues within behavior analysis, and to further our understanding of theoretical, philosophical, and conceptual issues. Our mission is not just focused on behavior analysis, but all behavioral sciences, and indeed science as an enterprise, as it relates to our subject matter.

Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group

JUDAH B. AXE (Simmons College), Tina Sidener (Caldwell University), April N. Kisamore (Caldwell University), M. Alice Shillingsburg (Marcus Autism Center, Emory University School of Medicine), Rocio Rosales (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Amber Valentino (Trumpet Behavioral Health - Monterey Bay), Amanda P. Laprime (CCSN), Catherine Taylor-Santa (Caldwell University)

The mission of the VB SIG is to disseminate theory, research, and practice to parents and professionals worldwide. The VB SIG has a dedicated group of elected council members who carry out the many functions of the VB SIG. First, the VB SIG publishes two newsletters annually that highlight research and practice in verbal behavior with featured labs and interviews. Second, the VB SIG holds an annual student research competition. The best three student winners each receive a plaque, a small check, and a current copy of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Third, the VB SIG offers an annual student grant competition in which the winner receives $500 to support her or his project. Fourth, the Jack Michael Award is given to a distinguished researcher in verbal behavior. The VB SIG Council presents these awards at the annual business meeting at ABAI. Finally, the VB SIG Student Group contributes to disseminating information about verbal behavior through the website, Facebook, and other outlets. The VB SIG Expo poster is a wonderful way for people to learn about the many activities of the VB SIG and to get involved.




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