Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Paper Session #384
CE Offered: BACB

Translational Research Using Laboratory Models of Persistence and Relapse

Monday, May 29, 2017
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom D
Area: SCI; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Christopher A. Podlesnik, Ph.D.
Chair: M. Christopher Newland (Auburn University)
CHRISTOPHER A. PODLESNIK (Florida Institute of Technology)
Chris received his BA in psychology from West Virginia University, his Master's and Ph.D. in psychology from Utah State University, and gained postdoctoral research experience in behavioral pharmacology at The University of Michigan. He was a faculty member at The University of Auckland in New Zealand and still holds a position of Honorary Academic there. His research interests mainly involve understanding the role of fundamental learning processes in behavioral persistence and relapse, with an emphasis on translational research. His clinical research interests are in understanding the behavioral processes involved in the maintenance and treatment of severe problem behavior. Chris is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He also is program chair and president-elect of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, board member of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and received both the 2011 B. F. Skinner Early Career Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association and the 2016 Federation of Associations in Behavior and Brain Sciences Early Career Impact Award for the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Persistent problem behavior with a propensity to relapse poses challenges to behavioral practitioners to develop more effective and durable treatments. Designing better treatments is difficult because a wide range of events contribute to behavioral persistence and relapse. Translational research offers a wide range of tools for isolating the processes involved in recurrent problem behavior and exploiting those processes when developing treatments. Basic research geared toward understanding problems of practical significance offers well-controlled conditions from which to assess systematically and thoroughly the learning and behavioral processes underlying treatment failures and successes. I will discuss how my colleagues and I have used basic research to understand the processes involved in the challenges of treating clinically relevant behavior.

Target Audience:

Masters and Doctoral level BCBAs

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) apply basic research in resurgence and reinstatement to the treatment of problem behavior.; (2) deign interventions for problem behavior that diminish the likelihood of relapse; (3) describe basic research in resurgence and reinstatement.



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