Advance, Promote, and protect the science and practice of behavior analysis.
CalABA will have an informed and engaged membership, a well-developed organizational infrastructure, and a wide sphere of influence.
As members of the behavior-analytic community, we are committed to these core values in our interactions with each other and our diverse community of stakeholders.
The mission of the California Association for Behavior Analysis is to promote the science and theory of behavior analysis through the support of research, education and practice.
We sponsor the top regional conference on behavior analysis in the United States and regularly feature well known researchers and clinicians from throughout the United States.
We are the primary clearinghouse for research and training in behavior analysis in the Western Region of the United States.
The California Association for Behavior Analysis was formed in 1998 when two organizations joined together: The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis (NCABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy/Southern California (ABAT/SC).
In order to fulfill this mission, CalABA commits to the following activities:
G. Roy Mayer
A. Charles Catania
W. Stewart Agras
O. Ivar Lovaas (posthumous)
This award is presented to an outstanding individual who has exhibited exceptional leadership and advocacy skills in promoting behavior analysis by affecting policy, regulation, and/or legislation aligned with CalABA's mission and goals. Starting in 2013 this award is named in honor of Gerald Shook, founder and CEO of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Led by the Professional Standards Chair, members of the Professional Standards Committee coordinate the implementation of professional practice and professional development activities, such as continuing education and other trainings. Members of this committee are active in the selection of papers, workshops, and tutorials offerred at our annual Conference, as well as holding events throughout the year. For more information on the Professional Standards Committee: [email protected]
Led by the Conference Chair, members of the Conference Committee are on the front-lines of planning and managing our biggest annual event. Conference Committee members may be involved in anything from developing the slate of speakers, designing the program, to serving as the Student Volunteer Coordinator. For more information on the Conference Committee: [email protected]
Led by the Public Policy Chair, members of the Public Policy | Legislative Committee play a vital role in supporting CalABA’s participation in the development of policies and legislation that may affect the science and practice of behavior analysis in California. A very engaged committee, Public Policy | Legislative Committee members may help monitor, track, and research legislative activities, meet with policy makers, or share legislative information with the general CalABA membership. For more information on the Public Policy | Legislative Committee: [email protected]
Led by the PR | Marketing Chair, members of the PR | Marketing Committee seek to increase CalABA’s visibility in our community, be it through actively engaging our own membership, or collaborating with other committees to promote CalABA and behavior analysis with the general public. PR | Marketing Committee members may participate in the development and design of marketing materials, help manage media relations, review potential sponsorship partners for the Conference or Career Center, or dialogue with our membership via social media. For more information on the PR | Marketing Committee: [email protected]
Led by the Professional Association Liaison Chair, members of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee work to Increase communication and collaboration between CalABA and various stakeholder groups throughout CA. Members of this committee identify challenges/barriers to the access and understanding of ABA across various stakeholder groups, provide suggestions on how to mitigate these challenges/barriers, and develop a better understanding of the needs/issues of behavior analytic services through the perspective of a multi-disciplinary team/committee. For more information on the Stakeholders Advisory Committee: [email protected]
The CalABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee supports increasing representation,
inclusion and access of traditionally marginalized groups in Behavior Analysis in practice,
research and leadership. The committee is dedicated to creating a safe and equitable space
for colleagues of all backgrounds to collaborate and foster a culture of inclusion.
Our mission for the CalABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to:
● Build and leverage a community of diverse leaders in Behavior Analysis.
● Expand knowledge on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion competencies, ensuring equal
opportunities and respect for all.
● Increase representation, access and opportunity for traditionally marginalized
● Develop, initiate and evaluate equity initiatives within CalABA and Behavior Analysis
as a whole.
● Provide recommendations on policy and procedure to the CalABA Board of
● Collaborate with other groups, state boards and organizations to have a greater
impact on the field of Behavior Analysis.
For more information on the DEI Committee: [email protected]