Monday, August 13, 2018

Conference - Montana Association for Applied Behavior Analysis

3rd Annual Fall Conference Agenda

September 13th & 14th

Great Northern Hotel

Helena, MT


Thursday, September 13th

11AM-1PM Registration (lunch on your own)

1PM               Welcome and Opening

1:15PM        Dr. Susan Schneider,  Operant Principles Everywhere: Interdisciplinary Behavior Analysis and the Future of Our Field"

Operant principles apply everywhere from simple invertebrates to Wall Street. It’s reassuring to observe how scientists and practitioners in related fields are increasingly discovering "our" operant principles and applications--with or without discovering our field and its established terminology, methodology, and practices. Like other sciences, ours has always been part of a larger interdisciplinary effort. Interdisciplinary work is arguably more important than ever: We now know how fully operant principles interact with others in the large and complex nature-and-nurture system, for example.

This talk takes stock of our field’s current interdisciplinary extensions, with their boundless opportunities. Our biological context includes significant advances in operant-related genetics and epigenetics as well as sophisticated neuroscience. When it comes to higher-order skills, the functional linguists are among many fellow travelers. In application, ever more randomized controlled trials are expanding our reach in the mainstream, even as our small-n designs are increasingly accepted (and even adopted). I will summarize selected advances in all of these areas, and discuss what behavior analysts can learn and how we can contribute. While interdisciplinary work entails some barriers to be surmounted, the benefits can be considerable, and they flow in both directions.

3PM               Update on Licensing in Montana

6PM-8PM    Evening Reception (TBD)

Friday, September 14th

7:30AM-9AM        Registration and Breakfast

9AM-12Noon        Dr. Lisa Coyne and Dr. Evelyn Gould-Part One

12Noon-1PM         MT ABA Chapter Meeting and Lunch

1PM-4PM                Dr. Lisa Coyne and Dr. Evelyn Gould -Part Two

4PM                     Closing and Thank you!

Register here.

Speaker Bios:


Susan Schneider corresponded with B. F. Skinner through an engineering career and a Peace Corps stint, ultimately obtaining her Ph.D. in behavior analysis (University of Kansas).  A research pioneer, she was the first to apply generalized matching to sequences and to demonstrate operant generalization in neonates.  Her publications also cover the history and philosophy of behavior analysis and she's championed the inclusive interdisciplinary "systems" approach to nature-nurture relations.  She's served on the JEAB and Behavior Analyst editorial boards.  Her trade book, The Science of Consequences, covers operant behavior, its larger nature-nurture context, and its full range of applications, receiving advance praise from experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics as well as behavior analysis.  It earned a mention in top journal Nature, was a selection of the Scientific American Book Club, and won the 2015 Media Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis. Schneider's extensive book tour has crisscrossed the US and Europe. She is currently focused on applying behavior analysis to climate change mitigation.


Lisa W. Coyne, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked to improve the psychological well-being of children, teens and families for nearly 20 years.  After teaching as a tenured professor in the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University for 9 years, she is now on the Faculty of Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she founded the McLean Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). She is a peer-reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Trainer, and a Faculty member of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on anxiety, OCD, and parenting and is the author of The Joy of Parenting: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Guide to Effective Parenting in the Early Years.  She and Dr. Phoebe Moore are currently writing a book on treating adolescents with OCD and anxiety that is due out in 2018 with Guilford Press.

Evelyn Gould, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA, is a Clinical Behavior Analyst and Research Associate at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI-Jr) at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. The OCDI-Jr program provides residential level of care for adolescents struggling with treatment refractory OCD and related disorders. The program emphasizes evidence-based behavioral interventions, including ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Dr. Gould currently works under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Coyne, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, and world-expert in ACT and the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Dr. Gould also continues to collaborate with FirstSteps for Kids, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA where she provides families and staff with clinical consultation, mentorship, and training. Dr. Gould has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with ASD (and their families) across settings, and has fulfilled a variety of clinical, training, and research roles in the USA, UK, and N.Ireland over the years. Dr. Gould remains passionate about the provision of high-quality clinical services for children, adolescents, and their families, and the dissemination of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Gould is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, and an Editorial Board Member for Behavior Analysis in Practice. Dr. Gould is also actively involved in a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), including the ABAI ACT and Psychological Flexibility SIG, the ACBS Children and Families