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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Special Event #122
Presidential Scholar's Address: Psychological Research to Guide Technology Design That Supports Successful Aging
Saturday, May 27, 2017
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom (Plenary)
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: M. Jackson Marr (Georgia Tech)
CE Instructor: M. Jackson Marr, Ph.D.

Psychological Research to Guide Technology Design That Supports Successful Aging


The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory ( is specifically oriented toward psychological science that supports successful aging. Our research does not emphasize loss of function associated with aging; rather, we wish to understand how to enable older adults to retain and enhance their ability to function in later life. Our research efforts are conducted within the framework of human factors psychology and we strive to apply that scientific knowledge to better design products, environments, and training. There is much potential for technology to enable older adults to age successfully. In this presentation I will provide an overview of the needs, capabilities, preferences, and limitations of older adults as well as the role of human factors research for technology design. I will then discuss our research on the design of technologies with examples ranging from mobile apps to personal robots. Central to my presentation will be a focus on research questions, methods, and areas of application.

WENDY ROGERS (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Dr. Rogers is the Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a Certified Human Factors Professional (BCPE Certificate #1539). Dr. Rogers is the Director of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory and her research includes design for aging, technology acceptance, human-automation interaction, aging-in-place, human-robot interaction, cognitive aging, and skill acquisition and training. Dr. Rogers is a fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Psychological Association. She is past Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied and currently serves as the Chief Editorial Advisor for APA.
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Explain the field of human factors and ergonomics as it relates to applied behavior analysis; (2) Identify unique needs, capabilities, limitations, and preferences of older adults; (3) Describe the potential of emerging technologies and how they might be applied to assist people aging with and without disability.



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