Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Webinar Series

Why Should Applied Behavior Analysts Care About Quantitative Models of Behavior?


Federico Sanabria (Arizona State University)



Abstract: Although there is a consensus on the importance of interdisciplinary and translational collaboration between basic and applied behavior analysis, these fields have developed in increasingly divergent paths. A potential culprit in this divorce is the growing mathematization of basic behavior analytic research, but there are several examples of translational applications of quantitative models developed in the laboratory. This talk reviews these examples, suggests new routes for translational collaboration, and outlines a framework for the integration of basic and applied domains.


Instruction Level: Intermediate 


1 BACB CEU available.


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Biography: Prof. Sanabria obtained his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University under the mentorship of the late Howard Rachlin, and was a postdoctoral researcher in Arizona State University (ASU) under the supervision of Peter Killeen and Janet Neisewander. He is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at the Department of Psychology at ASU. Prof. Sanabria was Associate Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and of Learning & Behavior. He was the Program Board Coordinator for the Annual Meeting of ABAI and currently serves in its Science Board. Prof. Sanabria also serves as Program Chair and President-Elect of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (SQAB), in the Executive Boards of SEAB and APA Division 25, in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition; Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics; Behavioral Neuroscience; among others. He has published over 70 empirical and theoretical papers and chapters on basic behavioral processes, as well as the entry on Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology and a textbook on learning and conditioning. Dr. Sanabria’s research has been funded by NIH and NSF.


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