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 Panel #219
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Leadership Seminar: Charting a Course for Behavior Analysis: Signposts of Future Directions
Sunday, May 25, 2014
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: OBM; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Mark P. Alavosius (University of Nevada, Reno)
CE Instructor: Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.
Panelists: JULIE SMITH (Continuous Learning Group), SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas), MARK A. MATTAINI (Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago)

The field of behavior analysis and related disciplines offer much to promote behavioral solutions to socially significant practices. How our discipline is led and becomes more influential is a challenge we can apply our science toward. By drawing upon their pioneering work in behavior science, panelists will provide comments regarding this theme of the Seminar on Leadership and Cultural Change. The seminar is designed tohelp educational leaders to create new models of stewardship and open opportunities for innovation while adjusting to growing social upheaval, technological advances, and environmental concerns, as well as crises in the global economy, health, education, and environment. It will address how behavior analysis finds common ground with other sciences by investigating the behavior of leaders who influence organizations and society.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in the future of behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to (1) State broad themes to be explored in basic and applied research that may revitalize interest in our discipline; (2) Describe any methodological refinements likely to develop to enable future research; and (3) Identify themes in science, society, and the culture at large that influence leaders of behavior analysis and discuss how these frame the future of our field.  
JULIE SMITH (Continuous Learning Group)
Dr. Julie M. Smith is the co-founder of Continuous Learning Group, the world’s largest behavior-based consultancy. She and her team have devoted the last quarter-century to pioneering the most powerful and practical behavior-centric business management system available today. Working with her global clients, Dr. Smith has created an extensive track record that proves CLG’s behavior-centric approach leads to superior strategy execution and dramatic performance improvement. As a world-class business management consultant, Dr. Smith is noted for her astonishing energy and ability to help leaders achieve “mission impossible” while navigating their organizations’ inevitable cycles of challenge and change. Dr. Smith’s engaging, motivating style makes her a sought-after speaker to address organizations, professional conferences, and forums on change and global leadership. Incorporating her extensive experience, humor, and real-world examples into her presentations, Dr. Smith brings a masterful clarity to even the most complex issues. She has a gift for taking complex behavior-change methods and making them simple, so leaders at all levels can achieve positive, measurable, and repeatable results while simultaneously improving employee engagement. Dr. Smith lives with her husband, Mickey, in Morgantown, WV, where they enjoy spending time with their family building Heston Farm, which includes Heston Farm Winery, Pinchgut Hollow Distillery, and Foxfire Restaurant. Identified as one of the fastest start-ups in West Virginia, Heston Farm already has won national awards for marketing, packaging, and product quality. In recognition of her visionary entrepreneurism, Dr. Smith was recently inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.
SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
Sigrid S. Glenn, regents professor emeritus at the University of North Texas (UNT), is a past president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and was elected as one of ABAI’s five founding fellows. Dr. Glenn’s published work includes empirical and theoretical articles, as well as books and book chapters, targeting audiences within and outside behavior analysis. Her articles and chapters developing the concept of metacontingenies are used by behavior analysts all over the world in analyzing cultural problems and developing avenues of cultural change. She is widely recognized by behavior analysts as incorporating cultural phenomena in the behavior analytic worldview. Dr. Glenn was the founding chair of the nation’s first Department of Behavior Analysis and the primary author of its master’s and bachelor’s degree programs. She is a charter certificant of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and for 10 years she founded and directed UNT’s online academic certificate program. Dr. Glenn travels nationally and internationally, lecturing on behavior theory and philosophy as well as cultural processes from a behavior analytic perspective.
MARK A. MATTAINI (Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago)
Mark Mattaini, DSW, is an associate professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Editor of the journal Behavior and Social Issues, Dr. Mattaini is also the author/editor of 10 books, including Peace Power for Adolescents: Strategies for a Culture of Nonviolence (NASW Press) and Finding Solutions to Social Problems: Behavioral Strategies for Change (American Psychological Association, with Bruce Thyer), and more than 80 other publications. Since the mid-1990s, Dr. Mattaini has focused his research and practice on behavioral systems analysis for violence prevention with youth, and analyses of the dynamics of nonviolent struggle. His new book, Strategic Nonviolent Power: The Science of Satyagraha, published by Athabasca University Press and available in open access format online, analyzes potential contributions of behavioral systems science to nonviolent social action and civil resistance supporting justice and human rights. He also is consulting with the American Friends Service Committee on peace building projects.  
Keyword(s): Leadership Seminar



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