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.


38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #67
CE Offered: BACB
The Importance of Innovative Research in Behavior Analysis
Saturday, May 26, 2012
3:30 PM–4:50 PM
606 (Convention Center)
Area: EAB/TPC; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Matthew P. Normand, Ph.D.
Chair: Allison J. Morley (University of the Pacific)
KENNETH SILVERMAN (Johns Hopkins University)
MATTHEW P. NORMAND (University of the Pacific)
RON VAN HOUTEN (Western Michigan University)
TIMOTHY R. VOLLMER (University of Florida)
Abstract: The principles of behavior analysis can be used in a wide variety of settings and with diverse populations. Furthermore, these principles can be used in the assessment and treatment of a multitude of behaviors, many of which are not commonly focused on in traditional research. The majority of behavior-analytic research generally focuses on the assessment and treatment of problem behaviors (e.g., self-injurious behavior, aggression, disruption) in special populations, such as individuals with developmental disabilities. However, some behavior-analytic researchers do address problems (e.g., substance abuse, physical activity, safety-related behaviors, sex offender-related behaviors) that lie outside of the mainstream behavior analysis research agenda. The panelists will discuss their personal accounts of conducting research outside of the behavior analysis "mainstream" and the importance of these lines of research to the field of behavior analysis. Additionally, panelists will discuss the problems faced when conducting such research, and provide advice to those looking to explore novel research areas in the field of behavior analysis.



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