Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis

To educate, advocate for, and support both providers and consumers 
of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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HABA 2016 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Heward 

Title: Why Be a Behavior Analyst Today? 

Abstract: Examples of how people are using behavior analysis to improve the human experience in a variety of areas will be presented. Although these accomplishments are impressive, they pale in comparison to the potential of behavior analysis to help make the world a better place. Five reasons will be offered for why a person should become a behavior analyst and seven actions recommended that behavior analysts can take to narrow the gap between their science's limited impact to date and its tremendous promise.   

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Janet Twyman

Title: Behavior Analysis, Technology, & Education in the 21st Century

Abstract: The explosion of digital technologies heralds a worldwide revolution in education, providing an efficacious and egalitarian means to increase learning. Modern educational trends (e.g., personalized learning, competency-based education, intelligent instructional adaptation) share critical features with behavior analysis; this interactive presentation will cover the congruence with and opportunities for behavior analysis.


Speaker: Dr. Susan Ansleigh (Supervision CE)

Title: Supervising Supervision: Developing Effective Supervision Experiences for Behavior Analysis Practitioners

Abstract: Supervision can be defined as an intervention that is provided by a senior member of a profession to a junior member in the same profession (Bernard & Goodyear, 1998). This presentation outlines the use of behavioral skills training in supervision sessions, focusing on the design of instructional procedures amenable to supervision in natural environments and the use of modeling and feedback.

Speaker: Dr. Darlene Crone-Todd

Title: A Behavior Analysis of Impulsive Behavior: A Research Story and Implications for Practice

Abstract: Learning to delay reinforcement is an important consideration, especially when planning interventions for clients. What can research tell us? In this talk, the goals are: (a) to make delayed discounting measures understandable for those who are new to the area; and (b) to stimulate interest in future research and applications.


Speaker: Thea Davis

Title: Social? Why Should I Care?

Abstract: This talk focuses on helping parents and professionals explore the more nuanced social expectations that come with becoming a teenager and the strategies to help teach teenagers diagnosed with Asperger’s about the complex social world. Teaching tools and videos will be used to illustrate different challenges and strategies to help teenagers with Asperger’s be successful in social situations.

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Ninci

Title: Embedding Interests into the Learning Environment for Individuals with ASD

Abstract:  Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often demonstrate interest in a restricted range of environmental stimuli and this can present barriers to learning important life skills. Embedding interests into the learning environment is an intervention designed to motivate learners to participate in alternative activities. This presentation will include findings from literature reviews and original research on embedding interests of individuals with ASD.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas G. Szabo

Title: “Let’s Change Things Up!” … Behavioral Flexibility Training for Children, Parents, and All the Rest of Us

Abstract: Children with rudimentary language skills and autism share an unlikely repertoire with typically developing adults: behavioral rigidity. Behavioral flexibility training is an approach to augmenting difficult-to-modify contingencies of reinforcement to promote learning. Current child and adult data, activities, and linkage to basic principles will be the focuses of this presentation. 

Speaker: Dr. Rob Holdsambeck (Ethics CE)

Title: Business Ethics? Lessons from the lands of the Hula, the Huka, and the Ho'oponopono 

Abstract: Clinicians usually enter their fields to help others. However, in the course of their professional development they may encounter situations that test the boundaries of what is moral, ethical, or even legal. What is considered legal can vary by local, state and national rules. Moral actions are shaped by our learning histories within our diverse cultures. Ethical choices are typically explicated by our professional organizations. Developing working environments that draw strength from our culture, navigate complex legal situations, and promote ethical behaviors can be a challenge. Over the past 4 decades, Dr. Holdsambeck has operated as a clinician, supervisor, and recently, a CEO in both the non-profit and for profit sectors of the economy. He has also traveled extensively in the South Pacific. These experiences have allowed him to develop an appreciation for the shared and the unique challenges of working in our field. There are many practical challenges to running a successful practice: issues of advocacy; obligations of privacy; schedules of reinforcement; and questions of loyalty to name a few. These may be seen in everyday situations like deciding when to terminate a service, determining whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor, deciding when to leave an employer and what to take with you when you do. One of the earliest lessons one learns when traveling around the South Pacific is that most things mean many things. This is certainly true of the Hula, the Haka, and Ho ‘o ponopono (a traditional form of Hawaiian family therapy). Even when there is agreement on the meanings, describing the experience in words (without song, chants, or rituals) risks losing some of their power and beauty. However, talking about our shared experiences can help us avoid some situations that may lead to unethical conduct and help us resolve situations when conflicts do occur.