Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Special Interest Group (DBA-SIG)

ABAI 2014 Dissemination Presentations

Saturday, May 24th


#98 Poster Session

5:00 pm–7:00 pm, W375a-d (McCormick Place Convention Center) PRA

86. Survey Says: BACB Certificant Perspectives About Certification Experiences (TBA; Applied Research) AMANDA N. KELLY (Malama Pono Autism Center)


#118 ABAI Expo

8:00 pm–10:30 pm
W375a-d (McCormick Place Convention Center)

69) Dissemination of Behavior Analysis AMANDA N. KELLY (Malama Pono Autism Center), Benjamin N. Witts (St. Cloud State University), Megan Miller (Navigation Behavioral Consulting), Melissa Engasser (The Bedrock Clinic & Research Center)


Sunday, May 25th


#171 Invited Presenter

10:00 am–10:50 am
W190a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
OBM; Basic Research
PSY/BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Fabio Tosolin, Ph.D.

Leadership Networks & Dissemination of Behavior Science: A National Agenda in Italy

Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)


#176 Symposium

10:00 am–11:50 am

W179a (McCormick Place Convention Center) CBM; Applied Research

New Developments in Dissemination, Application, and Measurement of Contemporary Behavior Therapies

Chair: Christopher Briggs (Western Michigan University) Discussant: Thomas J. Waltz (Eastern Michigan University)


Monday, May 26th


#366 Symposium

11:00 am–11:50 am

W190b (McCormick Place Convention Center) CSE; Service Delivery

BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Neal Miller, Ph.D.

Ethical Issues Related to the Use of Social Media by Behavior Analysts

Chair: Neal Miller (University of Memphis)

Discussant: Amanda N. Kelly (Malama Pono Autism Center)

Privacy and Dual Relationships: Challenges of Practicing Behavior Analysis Ethically in the Digital Age

Laura Baylot Casey, NEAL MILLER, and Elisabeth Claire Langford (University of Memphis)

Ethical Considerations in the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Through Social Media

JONATHAN W. IVY (Mercyhurst University)


#459 DBA-SIG Business Meeting

6:00 pm–6:50 pm

W179b (McCormick Place Convention Center)

Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group

Chair: Amanda N. Kelly (Malama Pono Autism Center)

ABAI 2014 Military and Veterans

On Behalf of the Military and Veterans Special Interest Group (MilVet SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI): We invite you to attend the following events at ABAI’s 40th Annual Convention (Chicago, IL; May 23-27 2014).


Symposium Submission #40175

Schedule Date: Monday, May 26, 2014

Schedule Time: 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Schedule Room: W179b (McCormick Place Convention Center)


Title: ABA Alleviates Problems Experienced by Military Service Members and Veterans

Abstract: Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, over 2 million Americans have deployed overseas to defend Americans. Over 253,000 have returned with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), over 103,000 have returned with PTSD and between 18 and 20 veterans die by suicide every day. Applied behavior analysis (ABA)offers incredible treatment potential for alleviating the problems currently experienced by our service members and veterans. Yet, no formal opportunities exist to practice within the Department of Defense or the Department of Veteran Affairs. Only one official opportunity exists to practice outside of these federal agencies, but with the military children, through the Tricare Autism ECHO program. The field of applied behavior analysis can do more! Three research and practice initiatives will be discussed during this symposium including self-monitoring of problematic private events, using verbal behavior assessment and intervention strategies for those suffering from TBI, and using standard celeration charting to improve suicide monitoring. These three projects illustrate unique applications of ABA and exemplify how the technology of ABA may benefit the military and veteran population.


Title: Records and Impact of War

Abstract: The U.S. has an extensive record of war. Data include military personnel in battle and those killed, wounded, and MIA since 1776. Veterans and active military personnel of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries deal with complex issues involving their time at war. Basic training does a masterful job applying behavioral principles during training, but this training deals with readiness for following orders, being in a combat experience, and other similar behaviors. Not covered is the myriad of behaviors and emotions that a service member may experience after leaving active duty. Also missing is estimated or actual data on PTSD by whatever name has been used during each respective war. In all the service branches there are punishing consequences for not holding one’s self and responsibilities together. Today there are some established practices on assisting military personnel to deal with severe problem situations in their continued military life or in their personal lives after discharge. Behavior analysis offers methods of decreasing unhelpful behaviors among those who need extensive and continued assistance.


Title: Development and Preliminary Examination of a Verbal Behavior Assessment for Adults

Abstract: The Behavioral Language Assessment and the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (Sundberg & Partington, 1998) offer precise assessment of verbal repertoires and yield precise instruction in verbal repertoires for children and adults with autism and other disabilities, opening the world of conventional verbal behavior and social interactions for these people, and revolutionizing how verbal behavior is assessed and taught for these populations. Other populations can benefit from such assessments. Between 2000 and 2012, U.S. military service members suffered 253,330 traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Of these there were 194,561 mild, 42,063 moderate, 6,476 severe or penetrating, and 10,210 unclassifiable (Congressional Research Service, 2013). Presently, assessment and remediation of verbal repertoires for these adults is typically managed through speech and language pathology services. Non-military adults surviving strokes and acquired brain injuries also receive these services as first-line treatment. We describe development and utility of an assessment of verbal repertoires of military and non-military adult survivors of acquired brain injury, stroke, TBI, or other neurological assault. We describe how these repertoires may be assessed and the therapeutic implications for making such an assessment available to these populations.


Title: Using Standard Celeration Charts to Improve Monitoring of Suicide in the Military

Abstract: The standard celeration chart (SCC) helps behavior analysts measure changes in the rate of a response overtime, known as the acceleration/deceleration of a behavior (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007; Pennypacker, Gutierrez, & Lindsley, 2003). The SCC holds promise for evaluating changes in lethal behaviors such as suicide as it enables earlier intervention. Since suicide is a low base rate phenomenon, it is difficult to predict and monitor. Standard practice is to convert this raw data to a crude rate (i.e., base rate per 100,000) to account for statistical challenges of predicting this behavior (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2012). In 2010 U.S. civilian suicides equaled 38,364—the total U.S. population was 308,745,538, which equals a crude rate of 12.4. Since 2001 military suicides have increased, and in 2010 equaled 17.4, which is considerably higher than the civilian rate (National Center for Telehealth and Technology, 2011). Despite tireless efforts of suicidologists and military suicide prevention programs, suicide persists within the military. The author discusses weaknesses of current methods for displaying military suicide data, program evaluation, and decision-making. Single-case research design and charting on the SCC offers a more helpful method for monitoring and preventing suicide in the military.


Poster Submission #41034

Submission Details

Schedule Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Schedule Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Schedule Room: W375a-d (McCormick Place Convention Center)


Title: The Impact of Applied Behavior Analysis on Law Enforcement Video Simulation Training

Abstract: Law enforcement officers (LEOs) routinely face lethal situations in the field which require near instantaneous responses. To minimize the risk of death to LEOs or civilians, LEO field training must be effective. The law enforcement (LE) field generally deems video simulation training (VST) as a gold standard for teaching officers to handle lethal situations, including officers� appropriate use of force. Yet, no known behavior analytic data have been published on the effectiveness of these VST modules. The training relies on video contingencies which LEO�s interact with via role play, along with use of rule-governed contingencies delivered in didactic format. This is the first known exploratory program outcome evaluation of LE VST using applied behavior analysis. The authors examined differences in officers� demonstration of skills and latency of engaging with the simulated contingencies by randomly assigning each officer to one of two conditions: modeling (N=39) and �training as usual� (TAU; N=33). Results were analyzed via scatterplot. The level and variability of responses were higher in the TAU condition, indicating delayed engagement with the VST modules. Similarly, rates of correctly performing several skills were higher in the modeling condition. Implications and future directions for military and LE training are discussed.


Expo Poster Submission #40243

Schedule Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Schedule Time: 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Schedule Room: W375a-d (McCormick Place Convention Center)


Title: Military and Veterans' IssuesSIG: By the Numbers

Abstract: The Military and Veterans Issues Special Interest Group (MilVet SIG) has been formally active for about two years. Despite continued strategic challenges of gaining official recognition by the Department of Defense (outside of Tricare’s ECHO Program for Autism) and the Department of Veteran Affairs, the MilVet SIG is persisting in operational-level efforts using applied behavior analysis to help these populations. This EXPO poster lists numerous statistics about the current state of the military and veteran population - by the numbers. The poster also summarizes the current MilVet SIG initiatives including: exploration of verbal behavior assessment and intervention for military/veteran patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI); use of self-monitoring and standard celeration charting to help service members/veterans decrease problematic private events (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress); using modeling to improve accurate use of force and skill acquisition in veteran law enforcement training; and improving military suicide prevention program monitoring via standard celeration charting. With all of these projects underway, and a growing membership, the MilVet SIG has an exciting year ahead! The EXPO poster will provide increased opportunities for recruiting new members and increasing awareness among ABAI Conference attendees as to the issues faced by service members, veterans, and their families.


Workshop Submission #40249

Schedule Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Schedule Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Schedule Room: W187c (McCormick Place Convention Center)

Title: Cultural Competence in Delivering ABA to Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families


CE Type: PSY/BACB

CE Status: Approved

Max. Attendance: 75

Duration: 3 hours

Workshop Level: Intermediate

Material Fee: $20.00


Workshop Description: This workshop delves deeply into military and veteran culture in order to help behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts develop interventions that reflect client preferences, and carry social validity for this population. The workshop will cover the range of clinical problems currently experienced by military service members and veterans, with particular attention to how the experience of serving relates to these clinical sequelae. Attendees will learn about military values, terms, acronyms, and expressions and how to apply this knowledge to improve their understanding of the military and veteran cultural frame of reference (i.e., reinforcement history). Finally, attendees will learn how to practice with family members in a culturally competent manner, which has particular importance for those working with spouses or children of military members (e.g.,TRICARE ECHO Autism Demonstration Program). Attendees may earn three ethics continuing education units for BACB certificants and/or licensed psychologists.

Workshop Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) define terms that are frequently used in military and veteran culture, (2) list the values that are widely embraced by military service members and veterans, (3) list specific methods of delivering applied behavior analysis that reflect military and veteran cultural values, (4) explain the behavioral etiology of many of the current post-deployment symptoms, and (5) describe specific actions behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts can take to practice in a culturally competent way when working in the TRICARE ECHO Autism Demonstration Program.


Workshop Activities: Instructional strategies consist of didactic lecture, video presentation, discussion, and small group breakouts to apply the didactic information.

Target Audience: Behavior analysts (master's and doctoral level), assistant behavior analysts, and licensed psychologists who work within the TRICARE ECHO Autism Demonstration Program; anyone wishing to pursue work with this population; and those who desire ethics continuing education credits.


MilVet SIG Business Meeting Submission #40236

Schedule Date: Monday, May 26, 2014

Schedule Time: 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM

Schedule Room: W175b (McCormick Place Convention Center)


Title: Behavior Analysis in Military and Veterans' Issues Special Interest Group

Abstract: The BA in Military and Veterans' Issues (MilVet) SIG is devoted to the application of behavior analysis to United States and United Kingdom military service members and veterans' issues. This is a group whose emphasis concerns U.S./U.K. veterans of all wars. Governments have been concerned about the number of veterans suffering from brain or spinal injuries, mental health problems, lack of access to social services, and addiction problems related to their active duty service. In each of these areas, behavior analysis has developed effective treatments. This SIG promotes awareness of these issues and facilitates the research and practice of ABA with this population.

ABAI 2013 Dissemination Talks

ABAI 2013 Talks re: Dissemination


# 43 Panel Discussion
05/25/2013
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

M100 J (Convention Center)
TBA; Theory
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Kate Kellum, Ph.D.

PDS EVENT: Speak Behavior Analysis and be Heard (Like a Boss!)
Chair: Kerry C. Whiteman (University of Mississippi)
PATRICK C. FRIMAN (Boys Town)
DANIEL J. MORAN (Pickslyde Consulting)
KATE KELLUM (University of Mississippi)

Abstract: Oftentimes discussing behavior analytic principles and techniques can sound like a foreign language to the lay individual. Using this language and terminology is useful in conducting precise research and interventions. However, it can be counterproductive in other contexts, namely speaking with teachers, parents, administrators, or other professionals who lack a behavior analytic learning history. This panel is designed to provide young professionals with an opportunity to learn how to effectively communicate their research and clinical findings to individuals from nonbehavior analytic contexts. Panelists will discuss essential components for effective communication as well as specific behaviors that attendees can target to improve their own communication repertoires. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the panel.

# 103 ABAI Expo
05/25/2013
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Exhibit Hall B (Convention Center)

Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group AMANDA N. KELLY (SEEM Collaborative, Massachusetts), Benjamin N. Witts (University of Nevada, Reno), Megan Miller (Navigation Behavioral Consulting), Corey L. Robertson (Florida Institute of Technology)

Abstract: The Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (DBA-SIG) gathers to explore ways of sharing and advancing the science of human behavior, spreading information and providing access to behavior analysis to the public at large. The DBA-SIG stresses the importance of using language that is friendly and easy to understand: providing a sense of what exactly our science and helping society realize the potential of this science. We're looking to release behavior analysis from its pigeonholes, and publicize the potential our science has to develop global solutions. If you are interested in the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis worldwide, then this is the place for you.







# 208 Panel Discussion
05/26/2013
3:00 PM - 4:20 PM
102 A (Convention Center)
CSE; Service Delivery
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Nicholas L. Weatherly, Ph.D.

The Importance of Systematic Dissemination Efforts in Behavior Analysis: Strategies and Barriers

Chair: Katherine Kavanaugh (Spalding University)
LINDA A. LEBLANC (Trumpet Behavioral Health)
NICHOLAS L. WEATHERLY (St. Cloud State University)
JEANINE PLOWMAN STRATTON (Furman University)
BLAKE GRIDER (The May Institute)

Abstract: The expansion of behavior-analytic services and tools to non-behavioral systems is an important endeavor and essential for the acceptance and regulation of behavioral practices. The growth of applied behavior analysis and the recognition of the efficacy of behavioral services are largely impacted by the dissemination efforts offered by parents, practitioners, and academics. These efforts can influence widespread cultural change across our systems as seen in areas such as private industry, education, legislation, sustainability, and community areas that, up until recently, may have been largely unaware of the benefits of our science. Consistent, effective dissemination is likely to continue this already substantial progress. Disseminating behavior analysis and expanding our field to those non-behavioral systems in need of our services not only offers a unique opportunity to further the field, but also may substantially impact society. The panelists will be reviewing strategies and barriers pertinent to the practical and ethical dissemination of behavior-analytic services to non-behavioral colleagues and systems.

# 229 Business Meeting
05/26/2013
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
200 F-G (Convention Center)

Autism Knows No Borders; Neither Should We
Chair: Molly Ola Pinney (Global Autism Project)
This meeting has been well attended for several years and a lot of great contacts are made for those working internationally. Chaired by the founder of the Global Autism Project, this meeting offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the work of the Global Autism Project and allows participants to meet others working internationally, including our partners from around the world.






# 392 Business Meeting
05/27/2013
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM
M100 A (Convention Center)

Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
Chair: Amanda N. Kelly (SEEM Collaborative, Massachusetts)
The Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (DBA-SIG) gathers to explore ways of sharing and advancing the science of human behavior, spreading information and providing access to behavior analysis to the public at large. The DBA-SIG stresses the importance of using language that is friendly and easy to understand: providing a sense of what exactly our science and helping society realize the potential of this science. We're looking to release behavior analysis from its pigeonholes, and publicize the potential our science has to develop global solutions. If you are interested in the dissemination of the science of behavior analysis worldwide, then this is the place for you.