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Contemporary Developments in Behavior Analysis

Thank you for attending the conference! We look forward to seeing you next year!

Speaker slides now available!

Presentation slides will be made available after the conference has concluded and the speakers have given us their files. Please note that some speakers may choose not to share their presentations.

Using Guided Notes to Improve Staff Training

Tim Piskura.


Evaluation of Active Student Responding in Graduate ABA Courses: A Comparison of Instructional Methodologies

Ginette Wilson Bishop, Emily Sweeney-Kerwin, Russell W. Maguire, and Ronald F. Allen.


Increasing Safety Skills Through Discrimination Training and Derived Stimulus-Stimulus Relations

Colleen Yorlets, Russell W. Maguire, and Christina Boyd-Pickard.


A Stimulus Equivalence Analysis of Emergent Tacts, Mands, and Listener Behavior

Christina Boyd-Pickard, Russell Maguire, Colleen Yorlets and Jacqueline Adams.


Stimulus Equivalence with Applied Third Grade Science 

Emily Leonard and Russell W. Maguire.


An Evaluation of the Effects of Discrimination Training and Differential Reinforcement with Response Cost on Vocal Stereotypy in a Classroom Based Setting  

Amanda P. Laprime and Gretchen A. Dittrich.


Peer-Mediated Momentary-DRO to Improve On-Task Behavior of Children with Autism

Erin McLoughlin, Judah Axe, and Ronald F. Allen.


The Effects of Multiple Exemplar Instruction Across Saying and Writing on the Transformation of Stimulus Function Across Written and Vocal Spelling Responses

Allison Bowhers, R.D. Greer, and Carly Eby.


Considering and Expanded Definition of Stimulus Equivalence  

Dr. Carol A. Pilgrim.


Transition Planning for Students with Complex Special Needs: A Student Centered Approach

Jescah Apamo-Gannon.


Establishing Equivalence Relations of Treatment Options: Parents With Children With Mental Illness and Developmental Delays

M. Joyce Persson and Russell W. Maguire.


Functional Assessment of Behavior of Dogs

Terri M. Bright, Ronald F. Allen, Russell W. Maguire, and Jennifer Sobie.


Using Alternative Analysis to Interpret Inconclusive Functional Analysis Outcomes

Timothy Piskura.


Nonlinear Functional Analysis of Selective Mutism

Nicole E. Boivin, Philip N. Chase, Judah B. Axe, Jonathan W. Kimball, and Ronald F. Allen.


Effects of the High-Probability Request Sequence on the Latencies to Compliance and Escape Requests

Amanda P. Laprime, Judah B. Axe, Ronald F. Allen, and Russell W. Maguire.


Effects of Presession Pairing on Challenging Behavior and Correct Responding of Children with Autism

Amanda N. Kelly, Judah Axe, Ronald F. Allen, and Russell Maguire.


Conditioning  Teacher Vocal Approval Through Observation

Christina Barosky, R. Douglas Greer, and Michelle Zrinzo.


A Comparison of Behavioral Intervention Based on Developmental and Functional Curricula

Dr. Patrick McGreevy


Please join us for the annual conference hosted by the Department of Behavior Analysis at Simmons College.


Our conference is designed to provide Special Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Parents, Practitioners, Psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, and graduate students the opportunity to learn about applied and theoretical issues relevant to their work as educators and clinicians.

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Kotzen Meeting Room, Simmons College, Boston

Format: Roundtable/ Panel Discussions.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Time: 9:00-3:45pm

Location: Paresky Conference Center, Simmons College, Boston

Format: Keynotes, Breakout Sessions, and Poster Sessions.

Topic - Shaping as a Crucial Component of Incidental Teaching
Chair: Dr. Ronald Allen
Presenter: Gail G. McGee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Emory Autism Center

Topic - Considering an Expanded Definition of Stimulus Equivalence
Chair: Dr. Russell W. Maguire
Presenter: Carol Pilgrim, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Topic - A Comparison of Behavioral Intervention Based on Developmental and Functional Curricula
Chair: Dr. Gretchen A. Dittrich
Presenter: Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Professor for the Behavior Analysis Program at the Florida Institute of Technology

Lunch Keynote
Carol Pilgrim, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington

  • 5.5 CEU'S - BCBA or BCaBA
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Parking

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