Richard Foxx – Behavior Analysis and the Legal System: Why do you think they call it a trial?

1.0 Type II Ethics CE Credit

This talk was filmed at the 2019 Ethics in  Professional Practice Conference at Endicott College

About the presentation:

This talk will focus on the legal issues as they pertain to the practice of behavior analysis. Topics covered include what it is like to be in a law suit, the role of expert witnesses, programmatic errors that can lead to law suits, characteristics of bad therapy, treatment provision errors, junk science, and the stakes in damage suits.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:
1. Identify the two parts of the discovery process in a legal case.
2. Identify the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Expert Witnesses.
3. Identify 4 treatment provision errors.

About the presenter:
Dr. Foxx is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Penn State University and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine. He has written or co-edited 9 books. His latest book is “Controversial Therapies for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.” He has written over 130 scientific publications, made 13 training films, given over 2700 talks, and lectured in 17 foreign countries and 47 U. S. states. He is on the editorial board of six journals. He is a Fellow in five divisions of the Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Society and The Association for Behavior Analysis- International (ABA-I). He was the President of ABA-I, The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) and President of two APA Divisions. His awards include New York State ABA Lifetime Achievement and Significant Contributions to Behavior Analysis Awards, Norwegian ABA honorary membership, SABA Award for Effective Mass Media Presentation of Behavior Analysis, The BABAT Murray Sidman Award, APA Division 25 Applied Research Award , the CalABA Contributor Award and the APA Life Achievement Award for Applied Research. He co-founded the Pennsylvania Association for Behavior Analysis, was its first President and serves as executive director. He was one of the founders of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. He has served as an expert witness in many court cases including 13 Federal Court, two Canadian court and the U.S. Supreme Court. His book “Toilet Training in Less than a Day” has sold over two million copies and been translated into 14 languages. His training film, “Harry” (the treatment of a self-abusive man), has won numerous cinematic awards. He has an international reputation as one of the leading experts in the treatment of severe behavior.


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