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; Online; 2020

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Panel #21
CE Offered: BACB
Who’s Afraid of the IRB? A Framework for Conducting Meaningful, Ethical Research in Applied Settings
Saturday, May 23, 2020
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Gina T. Chang, Ph.D.
Chair: Gina T. Chang (Autism Learning Partners)
MARK R. DIXON (Southern Illinois University)
KRISTINE RODRIGUEZ (Autism Learning Partners)

Behavior Analysts in the applied setting have a unique opportunity to contribute to a robust literature base by providing replication of existing best practices, and by evaluating treatment models rooted in behavior analytic literature. We are compelled by our ethical code (and our funding sources) to continue to disseminate evidence that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The call to disseminate, combined with the opportunity of capturing progress in real-world settings, is a powerful argument for conducting meaningful applied research. In practice, there are numerous potential hurdles to conducting quality applied research. This panel will propose an approach for creating infrastructure to support in-house research initiatives, as well as strategies for implementation within the time and resource constraints faced by practicing Behavior Analysts. Additionally, the panelists will review the benefits of mentorship and collaboration between academics and practitioners, as well as self-reported benefits to clinicians who participate in research efforts in the applied setting.

Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify 3 benefits to a mentorship collaboration with an academic research advisor. Participants will be able to identify 3 organizational processes to support ethical, compliant research efforts, including process for IRB application. Participants will be able to design measurement systems for staff engagement.



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