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.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

Program by Noteworthy Activities: Sunday, May 30, 2021


Noteworthy Activity #179B
Yoga With the Health, Sport and Fitness SIG
Sunday, May 30, 2021
8:00 AM–8:50 AM EDT
Chair: Rachel Nicole Sobol Foster (University of Kansas, Applied Behavioral Economics Laboratory)

Revive and refresh from the busy conference with this yoga session open to all. No experience necessary to participate. A registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) will take you through this 1 hour long mixed level yoga class.

Noteworthy Activity #233A
Exhibit Hours
Sunday, May 30, 2021
11:00 AM–4:00 PM EDT

Visit dozens of exhibitors in the virtual exhibit hall!

Noteworthy Activity #249A
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Wendy Donlin Washington
Sunday, May 30, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
WENDY DONLIN WASHINGTON (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

This conversation will be a follow-up to the talk entitled “Using Contingency Management and Behavioral Economics to Study Health-Related Behavior.” Topics for discussion include health promotion, conducting research in or developing treatments for substance use disorder, sedentary behavior, eating, or other health-related behavior.

Noteworthy Activity #249B
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Pete Roma
Sunday, May 30, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
PETER G. ROMA (Naval Health Research Center)

Join Dr. Roma following his morning presentation, "Onward and Upward: Behavioral Science Principles and Practice in Human Space Exploration." Discussion topics to include:

  • How behavior analysis can contribute to the science of social behavior
  • The role of psychology and behavioral science in multidisciplinary research
  • Career development, opportunities, and non-traditional paths for behavioral scientists
Noteworthy Activity #249C
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Richard Frye
Sunday, May 30, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
RICHARD FRYE (Phoenix Children's Hospital)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a behaviorally defined disorder. We are learning that ASD is associated with many medical co-occurring conditions such as sleep problems, gastrointestinal disorders, seizures, allergies and anxiety, just to name a few. In addition, we are learning that there are underlying biological abnormalities with how the cells and body work. These medical and biological abnormalities may not only be related to ASD symptoms but, most importantly, may be impeding successful habilitation if they are not addressed. Thus, a multidisciplinary medical approach is necessary to evaluate and treat ASD in order to provide optimal outcomes. Stop by this discussion event to talk about these issues more with Dr. Richard Frye.

Noteworthy Activity #249D
Meet & Greet and Discussion With Cecilia Montiel-Nava
Sunday, May 30, 2021
1:00 PM–2:00 PM EDT
CECILIA MONTIEL-NAVA (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)

Topics of discussion will include:

  • ethnic disparities among children with autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • evidence-based parent-mediated interventions for children with developmental delays in underserved populations
  • how to reduce the gap in access to services that identify and treat neurodevelopmental disorders to improve the quality of life of underserved populations
    • main barriers to access care for people with autism
    • how culture impacts the access to care in people with autism
    • how being of ethnic minority groups might be a risk factor for later age of diagnosis and less access to care in autistic people
Noteworthy Activity #249E
Career Fair
Sunday, May 30, 2021
1:00 PM–3:00 PM EDT

ABAI's online career fairs give employers and job seekers a chance to interact, ask questions, and get to know one another in a way that scrolling through job sites just can’t provide.




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