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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Panel #36
CE Offered: BACB
Expanding the World’s Collective Wisdom of Behavioral Science Through Dissemination
Saturday, May 23, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Archives
Area: TBA/CSS; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Paul F. Gavoni, Ed.D.
Chair: Paul F. Gavoni (Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC)
BRETT J. DINOVI (Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC)
KEN WAGNER (Aubrey Daniels International)

Often thrown into the bucket of “behavior sciences,” Behavior analysis is frequently misunderstood or even maligned by members of the general population who believe it is something “done” to a person with special needs or autism without regard to social validity or the environment. As behavior analysts, we understand the great need for the technology of ABA across almost every facet of life. From moms, teachers, and coaches to CEOs and even world leaders, a fundamental understanding of the principles of behavior can drastically improve performance, outcomes, and quality of life across multiple environments. However, our skillsets and reinforcers are predominantly related to the application, not the dissemination of the science. Most people are left in the dark regarding the greatest science in the world. After all, what science can benefit all other sciences by improving the performance of their perspective scientists? This panel discussion will focus on current efforts to disseminate while providing participants tips and techniques for Expanding the World's Collective Wisdom of Behavioral Science to Change the Landscape of Government, Education, Industry, and Society at Large.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts seeking to expand the field and impact of behavior analysis through dissemination.

Learning Objectives: 1. The participant will be able to describe various challenges related to dissemination, and strategies for overcoming those. 2. The participant will be able to describe at least two different ways to disseminate the science. 3. The participant will be able to list ways to pair with and create a “want” for the science.
Keyword(s): Dissemination, Education



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