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 #509
PDS: Female Leadership in Behavioral Science: Challenges, Opportunities and Future Directions
Monday, May 29, 2017
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom F/G
Area: PCH; Domain: Theory
Chair: Christina M. Peters (University of Nevada, Reno)
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
CAROL PILGRIM (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Over the last twenty years the field of behavior analysis has witnessed unprecedented growth in the number of female authors, clinicians and researchers (Nosik & Grow, 2015). Yet, since 1999 the ratio of male to female presidents of ABAI has been roughly 2:1. Furthermore, according to a 2014 American Psychological Association Workforce Study, males are still more likely to acquire the rank of Full Professorship within university Psychology Departments than are their female counterparts. This panel will bring together prominent women leaders in behavioral science to discuss issues related to leadership. Recent trends in the number of females involved in research, practice and teaching will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to the topics of mentorship, legacy and the unique challenges and opportunities that come with being a female scientist. The conversation will conclude with a discussion regarding future directions and tips for fostering strong female leaders within behavioral science.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): leadership, women



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