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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Panel #110
PDS: Expanding the Scope of Practice: Behavior Analysis and Medicine
Saturday, May 27, 2017
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 5-7
Area: CBM/PRA; Domain: Translational
Chair: Brennan Patrick Armshaw (University of North Texas)
MANISH VAIDYA (University of North Texas)
KEITH D. ALLEN (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
ALISON COX (University of Manitoba)

The field of Behavior Analysis has grown and diversified over the last 60 years in both its basic and applied approach. As the field continues to grow, the expansion of the current scope of practice becomes increasingly relevant for the continued evolution of the field. Interdisciplinary collaboration and diversification of practice, as well as, research has become a distinctly important topic of discussion for the field. Research and practice across standard disciplinary bounds has begun to emerge, especially between behavior analysis and medicine. Despite the initial emergence of this collaborative approach it remains an area largely uncharted and often difficult to break into, particularly for graduate students. This panel will discuss various steps the field can take to expand the scope of practice between behavior analysis and medicine, as well as, describe some of the available avenues of research and application that are currently emerging through the cross disciplinary work of behavior analysis and the medical field. The Panelists: Dr. Keith Allen, Dr. Alison Cox, and Dr. Manish Vaidya will discuss the various projects they are involved in and how these areas expand the scope of practice for behavior analysts and promote cross disciplinary work.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): behavioral medicine, expanding practice, interdisciplinary collaborator



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