Leveraging Technology to Enhance Innovation and Dissemination of Behavior Analysis
Technology solutions are in high demand in a global society that values efficiency. New devices and applications are emerging, which allow behavior analysts to develop and deliver efficient, accessible, and personalized application of our science. However, the cost-benefit analysis should be considered prior to adopting any new technology solution to ensure that automation does not compromise the behavior analytic technology. The members of this panel will discuss their diverse backgrounds and experience in developing and studying the use of technology to enhance the application of behavior analysis (e.g., data collection, e-learning, virtual reality, telehealth). They will also advise on how various technologies can be leveraged to enhance our understanding of behavior and to increase dissemination of behavior analysis in areas such as education, business and industry, and health services.
Identifying Treatments that Work
During this presentation, Dr. Karsten will review a number of data sources relevant to treatment efficacy and effectiveness (e.g., published research, practice standards, and practice-based evidence) and present strategies for maintaining contact with current research despite limited time and funding. Dr. Karsten will also review strategies for making data-based decisions when multiple effective treatments may be available.
Dealing with Difficult People
Behavior analysts have the skills to analyze and modify even the most severe behaviors of clients with whom they work. Our science and technology of behavior provide us with the foundation for improving the lives of children and adults, and we do so with confidence on a daily basis. Many behavior analysis professionals, however, report that dealing with obstreperous colleagues or a defiant, sarcastic employee can ruin their day. I would argue that we have the tools to deal with these “difficult people,” but are unaware of how exactly to proceed. I will suggest some strategies that can be used with argumentative, passive-aggressive, and defensive people based on what we know works in clinical settings.