2023 Science of Behavior Analysis Conference

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Science of Behavior Analysis Conference!

Saturday, June 10, 2023

9am-12:30pm – check-in starts at 8am

Caldwell University – Alumni Theatre (120 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006)

3 CEUs available

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tara Fahmie

Dr. Tara Fahmie is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Severe Behavior Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe Meyer Institute. She previously held an appointment as associate professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She earned her master’s degree from the University of Kansas and her PhD from the University of Florida. Dr. Fahmie is a BCBA-D and has over 15 years of experience implementing behavior analysis with various populations in clinics, schools, and residential settings. Her main area of expertise is in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior; she has conducted research, authored chapters, and received grants for her global work in this area. Her initial interests in the functional analysis of problem behavior and acquisition of social skills in young children led to her emerging passion for research on the prevention of problem behavior.

Presentation: Opposing Trends in Functional Analysis Research and Where To Go From Here


Abstract: The past decade of functional analysis research shows an interesting divergence in trends toward efficiency, on one side, and precision on the other. Sometimes, these trends are in opposition; however, both have an important place in our science. This talk will describe several advancements in functional analysis research with a particular focus on assessment validity. The talk will include a review of published research, outcomes of emerging research from the presenter’s lab, and the presenter’s opinion on the most productive way to move forward.

Other Presenting Authors:

Seton Hall: The State of the Research in Behavioral Skills Training: Systematic Reviews (presenting authors: Shalayah Gaines and Kimberly Lucchesi)

Caldwell University: Comparing Development-Matched and Age-Matched Targets onPlay Skills of Children with Autism (presenting author: Toni Rose Agana)

Rowan: Novel Applications of Technology to Deliver Behavior Analytic Training and Intervention (presenting author: Abigail E. Moretti)

Rider: A Comparison Study of Total Communication Training and Vocal Alone Training to Teach Mands (presenting author: Amanda  Schechtman)

Rutgers: On the Disparate Reinforcing Efficacy of Individual Reinforcers for Multiply Maintained Destructive Behavior (presenting author: Halle Norris)