This is the website of the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (DBA-SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. It sounds like a mouthful, doesn't it? We go by DBA-SIG. If you are interested in the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis worldwide, this is the place for you. We're looking to release behavior analysis from its pigeon-holes, and really publicize the potential our science has to develop global solutions in all realms of life. Behavior Analysts have demonstrated our efficacy in very specific populations, and we're really good at proving that our interventions work...to ourselves. We are not as good at getting the word out to those who aren't aware of the science of behavior!
Maintaining active membership in the DBA-SIG is an excellent way to expand your professional network and to contribute to concentrated dissemination efforts.We hope you will consider joining us for what promises to be an exciting and adventurous year!
To disseminate the science of human behavior to the public at large, through the use of easy to understand explanations. Our goal is to promote behavior analysis in a positive and accurate light, to help society realize the potential of our science.
Now...here's what we need you to do:
- If you see an exceptionally good example of journalism about our science, please nominate them for the Skinner Journalism Award! The Skinner Journalism Award (SJA) was created in 2009 with the goal of encouraging journalists and authors to write books and articles targeted at the general population which focus on the natural science approach to behavior. Winners will demonstrate an understanding of behavior-based research and the ability to communicate that information to a lay-audience.
- Submit an article to the Behavior Analysis Digest International (BADI) an educational international digest that provides a clearinghouse and exchange of concise news and information on the experimental, theoretical, and applied analysis of behavior. Please contact Benjamin Witts for any questions.
- Translate powerpoints and instructional material donated to the DBA-SIG into other languages. If interested, please contact Megan Miller. Once we have these resources, we will post them on our "Members Only" page.
Chair: . Megan Miller - Megan earned her masters degree in behavior analysis at Florida State University. She actively engages in disseminating accurate and useful information by presenting in the local community, providing free workshops, and focusing on training parents and staff. She also writes a blog and participates on the DBA-SIG listserv. She is very excited to participate as an officer and assist in furthering the accomplishments of the DBA-SIG.
Vice Chair: Melissa Engasser - Melissa earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and is currently enrolled at Capella University where she is pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 13 years. Melissa's interests are in providing empirically-based research in the area of implementing behavioral technologies amongst neuro-typical early learners. She is also interested in providing teachers with the technology of ABA across the areas of not just classroom management but curriculum development and modification of the curriculum to tailor each students individual needs. If we can provide our early learners with the prerequisite skills they need to succeed at the school-aged level , we are increasing our chances of their success in the future. She is an actively mentors students of behavior analysis and is an active presenter for a few non-profit organization that provides free ABA training to parents and educators across the state of New Jersey.
Treasurer: Eyal Cohen
Secretary: Elizabeth Callahan - Elizabeth is currently a doctoral student in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University. Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience working with learners with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and emotional and behavioral disorders. She has worked in public and private schools, as well as in clinic, home, and community settings. Currently, she provides consultation to school districts in the New York, New Jersey area. Elizabeth also serves as the Past President of Caldwell University's Student Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (SAABA), a student-run organization that she helped to found, which promotes awareness of behavior analysis in the community. Mrs. Callahan also holds a volunteer position as Media Watch Coordinator for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, where she writes and edits responses to media stories pertaining to autism and autism treatment. Additionally, she serves as the Secretary for the Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis a Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI). Elizabeth has presented at local conferences and has published online and in newsletters pertaining to autism and science-based treatment. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, desensitization procedures, and the use of stimulus equivalence-based instruction to disseminate scientific information. Elizabeth is a member of ABAI, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, New York Association for Behavior Analysis, and The Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy.
Webmaster: Christy Evanko - Christy took the non-traditional route to becoming a behavior analyst after her son was diagnosed with autism. She has a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from UNC-Chapel Hill and a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. She is the co-owner of Snowflakes ABA and consults with a variety of organizations as well as involves herself in the community. She is currently the President-Elect for the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis. Christy has developed and updated various Web sites throughout her career beginning with the first Walt Disney World Web site in 1997. She is very excited to do whatever she can for the DBA-SIG and can't wait until the world knows and loves behavior analysis as much as she does!
Past President: Dr. Amanda N. Kelly - Amanda completed her Masters of Science Degree (2007) and her PhD in Behavior Analysis (2013) at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Over the past few years, Amanda has been actively disseminating the science of behavior analysis through her alter-ego, Behaviorbabe. Amanda and a colleague of hers are presently working on submitting publications on TAG (teaching with acoustical guidance) to non-behavioral journals in attempts to reach a broader audience. Amanda recently relocated to Oahu, where she has been dedicating her time to expanding access to and improving quality of behavior analytic services available for children and families in Hawaii. In 2014, Amanda will serve as Vice President for the Hawaii Association of Behavior Analysis (HABA). In addition to her frontline efforts, Amanda has also created some clever ABA apparel aimed at helping to disseminate our science. To browse the items available, go to Behaviorbuys by Behaviorbabe