TxABA

2023 Conference Tracks

Professional

The Professional Track hosts presentations on non-clinical professional issues pertaining to the application of behavior analysis. Topics can include but are not limited to, insurance/Medicaid, ethics, BACB supervision, public policy, certification, owning and running a business, licensure, and legislation updates.

This track will have presentations on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the conference. We are developing the Sunday morning professional track session to include a panel with autistic self-advocates and caregivers to share their experiences with and perspectives of ABA. We will also provide an opportunity to network with other practitioners in our state.

Presenters Include: Dawn Bailey, Wes Lowery, Rany Thommen, and Judith Ursitti

NDD

The Neurodevelopmental Disorders Track hosts presentations related to research and the application of behavior analysis to autistic individuals/individuals diagnosed with autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Topics include but are not limited to, behavior and reinforcer assessment methods, teaching verbal behavior, techniques for treating problem behavior, issues specific to certain populations or environments (e.g., working with children), and applied research for individuals with NDDs.

This track will have presentations on Friday and Saturday at the conference.

Presenters Include: Bill Heward & Jill Dardig, Tamara Kasper, and Sara Litlvak

General

The General Track hosts presentations on any topic not covered by the other conference tracks. As such, the topics that can be covered in this track cover a board area of science and application. Topics can include but are not limited to theory & philosophy, treating trauma, animal training, the history of behavior analysis or science, verbal behavior, behavioral medicine, behavioral economics, and applications with non-DD/ID populations.

This track will have presentations on Friday and Saturday at the conference.

Presenters Include: Jennifer Austin, Michael Gomez, and Brian Greer

Research

The Research Track hosts presentations on basic research in behavior analysis. Topics include but are not limited to, neuroscience, behavioral pharmacology, stimulus equivalence, verbal behavior, relational frame theory, delayed discounting, behavioral momentum, timing, and conceptual issues in behavior analysis.

This track will have presentations on Friday at the conference.

Presenters Include: Mark Galizio

OBM

The Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Track hosts presentations on behavior analysis applied in business settings and organizations. Topics include but are not limited to, performance management, health and wellness in the workplace, behavior-based safety, behavioral systems analysis, behavioral ergonomics, consumer behavior analysis, and applied OBM research.

This track will have presentations on Friday at the conference.

Presenters Include: Guy Bruce and Byron White

Social Issues

The Social Issues Track hosts presentations on issues broadly pertaining to human welfare and culture. Topics can include but are not limited to poverty, environmental sustainability, social justice, cultural analysis (e.g., metacontingencies), and at-risk youth.

This track will have presentations on Friday at the conference.

Presenters: Traci Cihon, Shawn Gilroy, Corina Jimenez-Gomez, Florian Lange, and Matt Normand

NDD - Adults

The Neurodevelopmental Disorders- Adults Track is new to the 2023 conference. Similar to the NDD track, this track will host presentations related to research and the application of behavior analysis to autistic individuals/individuals diagnosed with autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  The track will focus on adult populations, with some applications being appropriate for adolescents.

This track will have presentations on Saturday at the conference. We are developing a networking event for practitioners who work with adults on Sunday morning of the conference. We will announce specifics on this event when they are available.

Presenters: Claudia Dozier, Troy Fry, Peter Gerhardt, and John Guercio

Education

The Education Track hosts presentations on behavior analysis applied to education, primarily with non-DD/ID populations. Topics can include but are limited to, precision teaching, direct instruction, instructional design, interteaching, individual and group contingency management in classroom settings, behavior analytic research conducted in educational contexts, and application of behavior analysis in public education.

This track will have presentations on Saturday at the conference.

Presenters: Aaron Fisher, Ambra Green, Trey Hargroves, Marie Kirkpatrick, and Angus Kittelman

Niche Areas

The Niche Areas Track is new to the 2023 conference. Similar to the general track, this track will host a variety of different topics but more specifically to areas with a smaller number of behavior analysts who work in those areas. We've asked presenters to include recommendations on how to get into the area they are presenting on.

This track will have presentations on Saturday at the conference.

Presenters Include: Tim Hackenberg, Richard Leo, Francis Mechner, Ed Morris, and Susan Schneider

RBT/Student

New to the 2023 conference, the Program Committee is collaborating with the Student Committee to develop events specific to RBTs and students. The events are under development and we will announce specifics when they are available.

There will be a smaller welcome event on Thursday night of the conference and a bigger event on Sunday morning of the conference.