Robert Horner- Implementing Behavior Analysis at Scales of Social Importance: Taking ABA to Scale

1.0 Type II CE Credits

About the presentation:

The keynote will focus on strategies for expanding the role of behavior analysis in our society.  Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) will be used as an example of behavior analytic principles being implemented and adopted by over 23,000 schools in the United States. Lessons learned from this experience include (a) the role of rigorous research results to guide both the design of clinical procedures and the implementation process, (b) the value of treatment integrity measures in the implementation process, (c) the critical contribution that behavior analysis has made by focusing on measurement of observable behavior, and (d) the need to focus on the design of organizational systems as well as clinical interventions

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define the distinction between clinical implementation and large-scale programmatic implementation of evidence-based behavioral practices.
  • Define the role of treatment integrity in large-scale implementation of behavioral practices.
  • Define the elements of a “host environment” that is likely to both implement and sustain evidence-based practices.


About the presenter:

Rob Horner is professor of special education at the University of Oregon. His research has focused on behavior analysis, positive behavior support, multi-tiered instructional systems, equity in education, and systems change. He has worked for the past 20 years with George Sugai in development and implementation of school- wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). Over 23,000 schools are implementing PBIS nationally. Research, evaluation and technical assistance outcomes from this effort indicate that investing school-wide behavioral practices associated with improved behavioral and academic gains for students. Dr. Horner has been the editor of the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and associate editor for both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the American Journal on Mental Retardation.


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