Podcasts for Behavior Analysts

Matt Cicoria has released a number of informative podcasts relevant to practicing behavior analysts on his website: behavioralobservations.com There are podcasts relevant to practical functional assessment of problem behavior and to skill-based treatment of problem behavior. These two podcasts are also linked on the tutorials page noted above. Consider visiting Matt’s website regularly to download…

Upcoming & Past Presentations

A new page has been added to the menu bar called Upcoming and Past Presentations. By clicking on this link, you can learn about the location of upcoming presentations. You will also be able to download materials relevant to upcoming as well as past presentations. These materials may include pdf or Powerpoint presentations, related article pdfs, workbooks,…

Q&A for BCBAs now available

A page dedicated to answering questions provided by BCBAs has been added to this website. This page will contain commonly asked questions regarding the practical functional assessment and treatment process, with new ones posted each week. If there is a question you would like answered, relay it to us on this new page. Click on Q&A for BCBAs above…

A Page for Parents

A new parent-friendly page has been added to this website. It is viewable in the menu bar above and provides a brief overview of the practical functional assessment and treatment process and video-based presentations describing the process through case examples. This page also provides links to websites that may allow parents to locate professionals in…

Why do an analysis if the interview results are clear?

If the interview usually leads to differentiated functional analyses, why not simply conduct the interview and forgo the analysis? There are three reasons to conduct the analysis even when the interview provides fairly straightforward information regarding the specific reinforcement contingencies likely controlling problem behavior. Although the interview may help you discover the specific reinforcement contingencies…

Why synthesize contingencies in a functional analysis?

For years, most people conducting functional analyses have been careful to isolate tests of negative and positive reinforcement in functional analyses. Why then is a social negative reinforcement contingency often combined with a social positive reinforcement contingency in an IISCA? There are several reasons why social negative and social positive reinforcement contingencies are synthesized into…