Association for Behavior Analysis International

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Seventh International Conference; Merida, Mexico; 2013

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Invited Panel #81
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Pioneers of Behavior Analysis Looking at the Future
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
2:00 PM–3:20 PM
Yucatan II (Fiesta Americana)
Area: TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Martha Hübner (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
CE Instructor: Martha Hübner, Ph.D.
Panelists: JOAO CLAUDIO TODOROV (Universidade de Brasilia), RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University), LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)

The field of behavior analysis is at a critical state of development with growth, challenges, and opportunities facing all of us: scientists, educators, and practitioners. In this panel, pioneers in behavior analysis from around the world share their perspectives regarding the single-most important effort we can make today to preserve the integrity of the science and application in an evolving discipline.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, graduate students, and anyone interested in the future of behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to: --Name the challenges behavior analysis faces in the future. --Explain the opportunities behavior analysis will have in the future. --Describe the single-most important effort that can be made to preserve the integrity of the science and application of behavior analysis.
JOAO CLAUDIO TODOROV (Universidade de Brasilia)
Dr. João Claudio Todorov was born in Santo Anastácio, São Paulo, Brazil, on June 8, 1941. He finished his undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of São Paulo in 1963. While attending the master’s program in psychology at the University of Brasília, he was a teaching assistant in the new Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) teaching method working with Fred Keller. In 1965, he was admitted to the graduate program in psychology at Arizona State University, continuing the work in PSI with Keller and Gil Sherman. From January to July of 1968, he was a research assistant at the Institute for Behavioral Research in Silver Spring, MD. During the academic year 1968-1969, he was assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. Todorov received his Ph.D. in 1969 and was hired by the University of São Paulo Medical School in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. In 1973, he returned to the University of Brasilia, retiring in 2000. In 1977, he was a visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, and in 1990-1991 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Stony Brook University. He was dean of graduate studies and research (1985), vice president (1985-1989), and president (1993-1997) of the University of Brasília, Brazil.
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University)
Dr. Richard Malott, with more than 40 years of experience at Western Michigan University, has used the principles of behavior to construct teaching models and behavioral systems that have been sustained for several decades. As a result, he has taught generations of students to use behavior analysis in their everyday lives as learners, teachers, practitioners, and citizens, and has provided the training grounds for many of the field�s leaders in behavioral systems design. Dr. Malott is a prolific, creative, and engaging writer who has authored some of the field�s most important and widely read publications, including Elementary Principles of Behavior (first with Donald Whaley and then with Maria E. Malott and Elizabeth Trojan Suarez), which is in its sixth edition. His innovative use of multimedia has captivated audiences for decades. He helped found what would become the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and has been instrumental in its survival, growth, and vitality. Dr. Malott�s many contributions include establishing ABAI�s Teaching Behavior Analysis special interest group and its Education Board. His sense of humor, self-deprecating style, and willingness to push the envelope have made him an iconic figure in the behavior analytic community.
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
Linda J. Parrot Hayes is a distinguished international professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba in Canada and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University. She was a member of the behavior analysis faculty at West Virginia University while completing her doctoral degree, after which she returned to Canada, taking a position at St. Mary’s University.  In 1990, Dr. Hayes co-founded the Behavior Analysis Program in the Psychology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, on a self-capitalization model and served as its director for more than a decade. She also founded and directs UNR’s satellite programs in behavior analysis.  She has been activity involved in the development of behavior analysis around the world, her efforts having been central to the development of a graduate program in behavior analysis at the Jordan University of Science and Technology.  Dr. Hayes is a Fellow of ABAI and has held a number of leadership positions in ABAI, including its presidency and as coordinator of its education and practice boards. Her scholarly work reflects a wide range of interests though she is best known for her work in the areas of behavior theory and philosophy.
Keyword(s): Behavior analysis



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