Survey: Ethical dilemnas

My name is Katie Greeny and I am a BCBA and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. My advisor, Ilene Schwartz, and I are interested in learning more about the types of ethical dilemmas faced by BCBAs in their everyday practice. I’ve created a short survey to address these questions and would be honored if you would spend 15 minutes completing this survey. All responses will be anonymous and will not be traced back to the individual completing the survey.

If you would like to participate in the study, please click this link:

You will be re-directed to the study page and will be asked if you consent prior to beginning the survey. The survey is open through 3/1/19. If you know other BCBAs that might be interested in participating, please feel free to share this email and link with them. If you have already filled out this survey, please disregard.

If you have questions, please contact me at or Dr. Ilene Schwartz at This survey has been approved by the University of Washington Institutional Review Board. 

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Survey Opportunity: Diversity in ABA

Hi All,

We are researchers from Georgia State University’s Learning Sciences Department in the College of Education and Human Development. We are conducting research to look at cultural, linguistic, and racial diversity in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Although the field of ABA has made strides towards describing diversity in some ways (e.g., the status of women in the field), there is a lack of research that examines how well the field includes people from cultural, linguistic, or racially diverse backgrounds. Your responses will help add to understanding of how we can improve future professional development, support, and programs. You are eligible if you have completed or are currently enrolled a training program that leads to eligibility to become certified at any of the four certification tiers (i.e., RBT, BCaBA, BCBA, or BCBA-D) from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, or are a professional that has completed programming that leads to a license, or certification that is practicing in the field of ABA (e.g., special education teacher; SLP). Participation in the study is voluntary and all responses will anonymous.

Participation in this study should take only 15-20 minutes of your time. If you are willing to participate, please follow the link below.  We appreciate your consideration in helping with this important study and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Principal Investigators Please share with any current students, program alumni, colleagues, and employees!

Christopher Tullis, PhD BCBA-D
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education
Applied Behavior Analysis Program Coordinator
Learning Sciences Department College of Education and Human Development Georgia State University


Find out more about the MS Program in ABA!

Survey Link

Announcing the 2018 ORABA Conference!

ABA in Oregon – Striving for Excellence!

ORABA is excited to host our second conference this year!

October 19-20, 2018

Wilsonville, OR

This two day event will feature a keynote speaker, guest speakers, symposia, and a segment supporting families, students, and RBTs. Stay tuned for more information as our planning moves forward. We can’t wait to see you!

Friday Highlights

  • Career fair/networking in the morning
  • Parents’ sessions in the morning
  • Networking lunch
  • Invited speaker kickoff
  • Keynote speaker: Francesca degli Espinosa
  • Social event

Saturday Highlights

  • Invited address
  • Poster session and lunch
  • Practice-related panels
  • Paper sessions
  • Business meeting

Registration Fees

  • $50 flat fee CE (8 CEUs for the BACB)
  • $125 professional registration – both days
  • $75 professional registration – one day only
  • $75 student/RBT/RBAI registration – both days
  • $35 student/RBT/RBAI registration – one day only

Register Here

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Survey: Behavior Analysts’ Attitudes Toward and Perceptions of Certification versus Licensure in Applied Behavior Analysis

Dear Participant:

You are invited to participate in a study entitled, “Behavior Analysts’ Attitudes Toward and Perceptions of Certification versus Licensure in Applied Behavior Analysis” conducted by Brian Conners, Ed.S., BCBA, Frank Cicero, Ph.D., BCBA, and Shawn Capell, M.S., BCBA from Seton Hall University. We are currently recruiting participants that hold a credential as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to participate in this survey. As someone who holds this credential, you are being asked to complete this online survey consisting of 27 questions that will ask you some basic demographic information, as well as questions regarding your thoughts on licensure and certification in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Your participation in this online survey through Qualtrics, an online survey tool, is completely voluntary and you will in no way be penalized for not participating or not fully completing the survey. Your survey responses are completely anonymous. The survey will take 8-10 minutes to complete. All data collected will be downloaded and encrypted to a USB memory stick and locked away in the principal investigator’s office at Seton Hall University in order to ensure confidentiality of all data obtained as part of this study.

If you agree to participate in this study and wish to be directed to the online survey, please click here:

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!


Brian Conners, Ed.S., BCBA
Principal Investigator
Faculty Associate, ABA Program
Seton Hall University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Educational Studies
Jubilee Hall Rm. 431
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 275-2357

CDC 2018 report – “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years”

Baio J, Wiggins L, Christensen DL, et al. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014. MMWR Surveill Summ 2018;67(No. SS-6):1–23. DOI:

The latest findings from the ADDM Network provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported ADDM estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities. The overall ASD prevalence estimate of 16.8 per 1,000 children aged 8 years in 2014 is higher than previous estimates from the ADDM Network. With prevalence of ASD reaching nearly 3% in some communities and representing an increase of 150% since 2000, ASD is an urgent public health concern that could benefit from enhanced strategies to help identify ASD earlier; to determine possible risk factors; and to address the growing behavioral, educational, residential and occupational needs of this population.

Implementation of the new DSM-5 case definition had little effect on the overall number of children identified with ASD for the ADDM 2014 surveillance year. This might be a result of including documented ASD diagnoses in the DSM-5 surveillance case definition. Over time, the estimate might be influenced (downward) by a diminishing number of persons who meet the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ASD based solely on a previous DSM-IV-TR diagnosis, such as autistic disorder, PDD-NOS or Asperger disorder, and influenced (upward) by professionals aligning their clinical descriptions with the DSM-5 criteria. Although the prevalence of ASD and characteristics of children identified by each case definition were similar in 2014, the diagnostic features defined under DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 appear to be quite different. The ADDM Network will continue to evaluate these similarities and differences in much greater depth, and will examine at least one more cohort of children aged 8 years to expand this comparison. Over time, the ADDM Network will be well positioned to evaluate the effects of changing ASD diagnostic parameters on prevalence.

CDC Report:

Autism Speaks’ article on the report:

OIT conducts research on Behavior Analysis practices

Oregon Tech faculty and colleagues are conducting a survey on behavior analysis practices. The survey seeks to identify the common processes used by practicing behavior analysts to solve clinical problems. The purpose of this survey is to inform the development of practical experience opportunities for students that will best prepare students to successfully work in applied settings after they have graduated and obtained certification.

If you decide to participate in this 10-15 min research study, you will be asked to respond to several demographic and experience-related questions and then no more than 11 questions about the steps you take when addressing novel clinical problems. There are opportunities for you to comment or add additional information to restricted choice questions, however, this is not required.

All responses will be anonymous. Participation in this survey does not involve more than minimal risk. Benefits for participation may include a contribution to the field in the form of academic and experience programs focused on developing more highly qualified practitioners in the future and the potential to re-evaluate some of your own current clinical practices.

Please use the link below to access this survey. We appreciate your time and thank you.

Updated BARB forms from the HLO

As a result of the last Rules Advisory Committee meeting, the Health Licensing Office has updated the forms from the Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board! New fillable PDFs allow tabbing between fields (for some forms) and the Competency Assessment/Knowledge Skills List has been updated to reflect the wording in the full document (e.g. RBAIs no longer need to understand the difference between EAB and Methodological Behaviorism).