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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Panel #119
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Treatment Relapse: A Panel With Discussion
Saturday, May 27, 2017
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom D
Area: SCI/DDA; Domain: Translational
Chair: M. Christopher Newland (Auburn University)
CE Instructor: M. Christopher Newland, Ph.D.
Panelists: DAVID P. WACKER (The University of Iowa), WAYNE W. FISHER (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), MAGGIE SWEENEY (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

This session immediately follows Dr. Tim Shahan's SQAB tutorial entitled "Relapse," which introduces the fundamental principles underlying resurgence, renewal, and reinstatement. Panelists will be asked to speak briefly about their research program and to bring questions designed to foster discussion with audience members. The goal is to generate ideas and collaborative efforts among basic, translational, and applied scientists. The tutorial and panel discussion arose because the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (SQAB), an organization that emphasizes fundamental sciences related to behavior analysis, meets immediately before ABAI. The tandem meetings of these two organizations present opportunities for attendees to hear about core sciences related to behavior analysis. The SQAB tutorials have provided an excellent spur for such discussions but SQAB and ABAI's Science Board wish to take this a step further. This panel discussion, which represents a partnership between SQAB and ABAI, will create a setting in which basic and applied scientists, as well as practitioners, can meet to discuss applications of the topics raised in a SQAB tutorial.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

The target audience is investigators involved with translating or applying the core principles of behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the event, the participant will be able to use stimulus and consequence control procedures to produce rapid treatment effects across contexts without extinction bursts. After attending this presentation, participants should be able to (1) identify how animal models of relapse may apply to clinical drug use situations, and (2) understand additional clinical considerations that may be addressed in future animal models. The learner will be able to define maintenance based on Behavioral Momentum Theory and contrast this definition with the typical definition used in applied behavior analysis.
DAVID P. WACKER (The University of Iowa)
David Wacker is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at The University of Iowa. He has maintained NIH funding for both applied (telehealth) and translational (behavioral persistence) studies for over 30 years. He was the director of a large outpatient clinic for children and adults with developmental disabilities who displayed severe problem behavior. He is the former Editor of JABA and is a Fellow in ABAI and APA (Divisions 25 and 33). He is the 2016 recipient of the Don Hake Award for translational research from Division 25.
WAYNE W. FISHER (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Wayne Fisher is the H.B. Munroe professor of behavioral research in the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is also the director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D), and a licensed psychologist. He was previously a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and served as executive director of the Neurobehavioral Programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Marcus Behavior Center at the Marcus Institute, where he built clinical-research programs in autism and developmental disabilities with national reputations for excellence. Fisher's methodologically sophisticated research has focused on several intersecting lines, including preference, choice, and the assessment and treatment of autism and severe behavior disorders, that have been notable for the creative use of concurrent schedules of reinforcement, which have become more commonplace in clinical research primarily as a result of his influence. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed research studies in over 30 different behavioral and/or medical journals, including: the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; Psychological Reports; American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Pediatrics; the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; and The Lancet. Fisher is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a past president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, a fellow in the Association for Behavior Analysis, and recipient of the Bush Leadership Award, the APA (Division 25) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research, the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award, and the University of Nebraska system-wide Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity Activity.
MAGGIE SWEENEY (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Dr. Mary M. (Maggie) Sweeney is a postdoctoral research fellow the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She was trained in the experimental analysis of behavior at Utah State University, where she received her doctorate, and at Purdue University, where she received her undergraduate degree. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic of relapse of operant behavior, including studies with pigeons, rats, and humans. Dr. Sweeney is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and has served as an invited reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Psychological Record, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Psychopharmacology, and Journal of Caffeine Research. In her current position at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Sweeney's research focuses on applications of basic reinforcement processes to substance use and related risk behaviors, with a focus on licit abused drugs and sexual risk behavior.
Keyword(s): Idea Generation, Reinstatement, Relapse, Resurgence



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