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16th Annual Autism Conference; Seattle, WA; 2022

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8 at the time of the convention in March).

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The terminology utilized in the presentation titles and abstracts for this conference was selected to adhere to the seventh edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and to be inclusive of those who prefer person-first as well as identity-first language.

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Invited Paper Session #20
Relapse of Treatments for Challenging Behavior: Translational Research and Implications for Practice
Monday, March 7, 2022
11:30 AM–12:20 PM
Fourth Floor; Grand Ballroom 1/2
Area: AUT; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Julia Ferguson (Autism Partnership Foundation)
CE Instructor: Henry Roane, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: HENRY S. ROANE (Upstate Medical University and Elemy Autism Care)

Function-based treatment of challenging behavior often involves withholding reinforcement for challenging behavior (i.e., extinction) while simultaneously reinforcing alternative behavior (i.e., differential reinforcement). The arrangement of these two contingencies lends itself to further study through translational research methods, which involve the extension of laboratory-based research findings to every clinical practice. In particular, prior research has shown that if reinforcement of alternative behavior is reduced, eliminated, or implemented with poor integrity, challenging behavior may re-emerge (i.e., clinical relapse). This talk will present two lines of translational research related to the translational study of treatment relapse. Highlighting data from our own lab as well as published work of others, the talk will provide the audience with an introduction to translational research, concepts related to the study of treatment relapse, and case examples to illustrate implications for clinical practice.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board certified behavior analysts; licensed psychologists; graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) discuss translational research and how it impacts daily clinical practice; (2) describe how response variability might impact treatment development and planning for generalization; (3) describe how context changes can impact client responding.
HENRY S. ROANE (Upstate Medical University and Elemy Autism Care)
Dr. Henry Roane received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University. At present, Dr. Roane is the Gregory S. Liptak MD Professor of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY. In this capacity, Dr. Roane serves as the Executive Director of the Golisano Center for Special Needs where he directs medical and behavior analysis clinics in the areas of medical genetics, developmental pediatrics, psychology and behavior analysis to provide treatment services for children affected by autism and related disorders. Dr. Roane is also the Chair of the Behavior Analysis Studies program in the College of Health Professions at Upstate. He also serves as the VP of Clinical Service at Sprout Therapy. Dr. Roane has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several journals in the field of behavior analysis and pediatrics, including the Journal of Pediatrics. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. Dr. Roane has co-authored over 100 research articles, invited papers, and chapters as well as several academic texts on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in children with autism and related disorders. He also has been the principal investigator on grants funded by National Institute of Health and the New York State Department of Health and serves as a consultant to programs across the US. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis – International and an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research. In 2018, Dr. Roane received the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.



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