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.


33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Invited Tutorial #377
CE Offered: BACB
Tutorial: Applications of Behavior Analysis for Industrial Safety and Healthcare: Expanding the Paradigm from Behavior-Based to People-Based
Monday, May 28, 2007
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Douglas B
Area: OBM/CBM; Domain: Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: E. Scott Geller, Ph.D.
Chair: Timothy D. Ludwig (Appalachian State University)
Presenting Authors: : E. SCOTT GELLER (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Scott Geller coined the term behavior-based safety (BBS) in 1979 when consulting with Ford Motor Company on applications of behavior analysis to increase the use of vehicle safety belts. He subsequently taught BBS principles and relevant intervention strategies for on-the-job safety, first at several Ford manufacturing plants and then at various other companies nationwide. Over the next decade, BBS gained substantial popularity as the leading-edge approach to addressing the human dynamics of industrial safety. Annual conferences have been dedicated to BBS, and consulting firms purporting to implement BBS continue to spring up worldwide. Indeed, BBS likely represents the largest-scale application of behavior analysis beyond educational and rehabilitation institutions. The presenter has authored several books and training programs on BBS, including participant workbooks, audiotapes, videotapes, CDs and DVDs. However, Gellers most recent books and training materials (e.g., People-Based Safety and The Anatomy of Medical Error) advocate people-based safety (PBS) over BBS. This presentation will explain the evolution of PBS from BBS, with particular reference to applications in industrial and hospital settings. Learn the principles of BBS and PBS as presented to industries worldwide and most recently to healthcare workers, as well as distinctions between BBS and PBS.

E. SCOTT GELLER (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Dr. E. Scott Geller, Ph.D. is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He is past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-92), and current Associate Editor (since 1983) of Environment and Behavior, and consulting editor for Journal of Safety Research, Behavior and Social Issues, Behavior Analyst Digest, and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Dr. Geller has authored 31 books, 42 book chapters, 38 training manuals, 197 magazine articles, and more than 300 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. He received a teaching award in 1982 from the American Psychological Association and has received every university teaching award offered at Virginia Tech. He has also been awarded the University Alumni Award for Excellence in Research, the Alumni Outreach Award for his exemplary real-world applications of behavioral science, and the University Alumni Award for Graduate Student Advising. In 2005, he received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education, and in the same year, Virginia Tech honored him with an Alumni Distinguished Professorship.



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