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2007 CalABA Outstanding Contributor
to Behavior Analysis
James M. Johnston, PhD, BCBA
Thursday, February 8, 2007 • 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Toward a Taxonomy of ABA Procedures: 25 Years of Defining the Problem
Dr. Johnston received his doctorate from the
University of Florida in 1970 and is a professor of
psychology at Auburn University. He has conducted
laboratory and field research with both human and
non-human species on a variety of topics, ranging
from rumination to canine olfaction, most recently
serving as Director of Behavioral Research for the
Institute for Biological Detection Systems. His present
activities focus on longstanding interests in the area
of developmental disabilities. He serves as director
of the Auburn University Department of Psychology’s master’s program in
applied behavior analysis in developmental disabilities, and has for some
years been involved with the Alabama Department of Mental Health and
Mental Retardation in facilitating the statewide delivery of sound habilitative
services, following similar involvement in Florida’s mental retardation
system while on the faculty of the University of Florida from 1975-1985.
He has served as editor of The Behavior Analyst and on the editorial boards
of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Journal of
Applied Behavior Analysis, among others. Dr. Johnston has also served
as president of the Association for Behavior Analysis, as well as for the
Florida, Alabama, and Southeastern affiliated chapters of the Association,
and has been president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board since
its founding. In addition to authoring numerous research, conceptual, and
methodological publications, he is co-author (with H.S. Pennypacker) of
the premiere contemporary text on behavior analysis research methods,
Strategies and Tactics of Behavioral Research, now in a two-volume second
edition. Other interests include teaching applied behavior analysis, and
conceptual issues in the study of behavior.
Friday, February 9, 2007 • 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Further Evaluation of Brief, Intensive Training for Teachers of Children with Autism
CalABA Board member and CSU Los Angeles faculty
member Glenda Vittimberga left us tragically and far
too early in 2004. In collaboration with her parents,
Dr. and Mrs. Bruno Vittimberga, the CalABA Board
of Directors has established an annual lecture in
Glenda’s memory. Each year a person is selected who
either worked closely with Glenda, or does research or
applied work in an area that was of interest to Glenda.
Areas include the use of behavior analysis in school
psychology and speech pathology; a multidisciplinary
approach to intervention for children with communication and behavior
disorders; parent training and education; family-focused treatment; and
communication-based interventions for individuals with severe behavior
disorders. This year’s lecturer, Dorothea Lerman, shares Glenda’s interests
as well as her commitment to teaching and advancing behavior analysis.
Dr. Lerman is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the
University of Houston - Clear Lake, where she is the director of a master’s
program in applied behavior analysis. Before joining the faculty at UHCL,
she was an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Program at
Louisiana State University. She received her doctoral degree in Psychology
from the University of Florida in 1995, specializing in the experimental
analysis of behavior. Her areas of expertise include autism, developmental
disabilities, functional analysis, teacher and parent training, and treatment
of severe behavior disorders (e.g., aggression, self-injury). Dr. Lerman
has published more than 45 research articles in professional journals and
served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and
Research in Developmental Disabilities. She was the recipient of the 2001 B.F.
Skinner Award for New Researchers, awarded by Division 25 of the American
Psychological Association. She also received the 2001 New Researcher Award
from Division 5 of the American Association on Mental Retardation.
Catch up on the latest in research and practice in behavior analysis while also
catching up with old friends and making new ones, all at the same time!
Learn about master’s and doctoral programs in the region that offer an emphasis
or track in behavior analysis. Faculty and students from a number of colleges
and universities will be available to talk with interested parties. Employers
seeking professionals with training and experience in behavior analysis will also
be available to meet with prospective job applicants. This is a great opportunity
for job seekers to learn about employment opportunities, and for employers to
access the talented pool of Western Region behavior analysts.
Don’t miss out on this outstanding afternoon of food, fellowship and the opportunity to recognize contributors to the field. Celebrate the 2007 CalABA award recipients of the Outstanding Contributor Award and the Julie Vargas Student Research Award. Bid on rare B. F. Skinner memorabilia in an auction by the B. F. Skinner Foundation to benefit the B. F. Skinner Foundation and CalABA. One-third of the total auction proceeds will go to CalABA, with two-thirds going to the Foundation. Four items will be available this year (click on links for photos):
for the luncheon to make sure you have a seat for this event, as it is
expected to sell out quickly.
This cash award was established through a donation from Dr. Julie Vargas to
promote research by students in the field of behavior analysis. The deadline
for applying for this award is December 1, 2006. See the Julie Vargas Student Research Award web page for details and submission instructions.
Add to your behavior analysis library with personalized copies of important books authored by leaders in the field. Copies will be available for purchase in the CalABA store.
Thursday, February 8 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Grand Peninsula Foyer. Mark Dixon will be signing copies of
Friday, February 9 • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Grand Peninsula Foyer. Murray Sidman will be signing copies of
Friday, February 9 • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Grand Peninsula Foyer. Jon Bailey and Mary Burch will be signing copies of