1st Edition

Behavior Analysis Translational Perspectives and Clinical Practice

    This is the first comprehensive volume to bridge the gap between the science of behavior and applied behavior analysis (ABA). The book demonstrates how laboratory research informs real-world interventions to facilitate behavior change, and vice versa. Most of the chapters are written by researcher–clinician collaborators, who highlight commonalities and differences in the ways they conceptualize behavior and collect, analyze, and use data. Chapters present translational perspectives on conditioning, reinforcement, extinction, choice, verbal behavior, and more. Ethical considerations in translational research are explored. Training in foundational knowledge is a key requirement for behavior analyst certification, making this a needed resource for current and future ABA practitioners.

    I. Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis
    1. Translational Science in Behavior Analysis: Some Observations and a Case History, Carol Pilgrim & Richelle Hurtado
    2. Quantitative Approaches to Translational Research in Behavior Analysis, Adam E. Fox
    II. Experimental Methodology
    3. Single-Case Experimental Designs, Kevin M. Ayres
    4. Hybrid Experimental Designs: Combining Single-Subject and Group-Based Methods, Jonathan E. Friedel, Jeremy M. Haynes, Katherine R. Brown, & Amy L. Odum
    5. Some Frequently Asked Questions about Measuring Behavior, Elizabeth G. E. Kyonka & Shrinidhi Subramaniam
    III. Pavlovian Conditioning
    6. Pavlovian Conditioning: Principles to Guide Application, Eric A. Thrailkill & Catalina N. Rey
    7. Stimulus Selection and Stimulus Competition, Martha Escobar, Zebulon K. Bell, & Francisco Arcediano
    8. Fear Conditioning, Anxiety, and Phobias: Considerations for Operant−Respondent Interactions, Adam Brewer, Yanerys Leon, Stephanie C. Kuhn, David Kuhn, & Michael W. Schlund
    IV. Operant Conditioning
    9. Reinforcement: Foundational Principles and Their Applications, Charlene N. Agnew, Rafaela M. Fontes, Nicole M. DeRosa, & Andrew R. Craig
    10. Punishment, Rusty W. Nall, Tara Fahmie, & Amanda N. Zangrillo
    11. Schedules of Reinforcement and Punishment: Translation into Applications, Alec M. Bernstein, Nathan A. Call, Kennon A. Lattal, & Victoria R. Verdun
    12. Extinction, Kelly M. Schieltz, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, & Jennifer J. McComas
    13. Translational Approaches to Differential Reinforcement, Brian D. Greer
    14. Stimulus Control: What Is It and Why Should We Care?, Sarah Cowie, Rebecca A. Sharp, & Stephanie Gomes-Ng
    V. Advanced Topics in Translational Research
    15. Motivation as a Platform for Translational Research, Michael E. Kelley, Dana M. Gadaire, & Andrew R. Craig
    16. Translational Approaches to Choice, Jennifer J. McComas, Corina Jimenez-Gomez, & Shawn Gilroy
    17. Verbal Behavior: From the Laboratory to the Field and Back, Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir & Einar T. Ingvarsson
    18. Resistance to Change from Bench to Bedside (and Back Again), Andrew R. Craig, Joel E. Ringdahl, & William E. Sullivan
    19. An Introduction to Laboratory Models of Relapse for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists and Researchers, Valdeep Saini, Carolyn M. Ritchey, & Christopher A. Podlesnik
    20. Operant Variability, Terry S. Falcomata & Allen Neuringer
    21. Behavioral Economics for Applied Behavior Analysts, Gregory J. Madden, Derek D. Reed, & Dorothea C. Lerman
    22. Translating Impulsivity, David P. Jarmolowicz & Robert S. LeComte
    23. Behavioral Pharmacology, Alison D. Cox, Craige Wrenn, and Maria G. Valdovinos
    24. Relational Frame Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Jordan Belisle & Jonathan Tarbox
    25. Ethical Considerations of Translational Research, Alison M. Betz


    Henry S. Roane, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Liptak Professor of Child Development, Executive Director of the Golisano Center for Special Needs, and Chief of the Division of Development, Behavior, and Genetics at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals in the fields of behavior analysis, school psychology, and pediatrics. Dr. Roane has coauthored over 100 research articles and chapters on the assessment and treatment of behavior problems and related subjects, and is coeditor of books including Behavior Analysis: Translational Perspectives and Clinical Practice and Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis, Second Edition. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, and a recipient of the ABAI Nathan H. Azrin Distinguished Contribution to Applied Behavior Analysis Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.

    Andrew R. Craig, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Behavior Analysis Studies, and Neuroscience and Physiology; Director for Research in the Golisano Center for Special Needs; and Chair of the Behavior Analysis Studies Program at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Dr. Craig is Associate Editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Guest Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and an ad hoc editor or reviewer for several other journals. He serves in leadership positions in Division 25 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior. He is a recipient of the B. F. Skinner Foundation New Researcher Award from APA Division 25 and the Joseph V. Brady Significant Research Contribution Award from the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

    Valdeep Saini, PhD, BCBA-D, is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. His primary research interest is the translation of basic behavioral sciences into areas of societal importance. Dr. Saini’s approach prioritizes improving the longevity of behavioral interventions by integrating the findings of laboratory research to clinical applications of behavior therapy. This research is executed in both laboratory settings and clinical contexts. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in more than 10 different behavioral and/or psychology journals.

    Joel E. Ringdahl, PhD, BCBA, is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Ringdahl has served as Associate Editor or Editor-in-Chief of various behavior analysis–focused journals. He has coauthored over 70 research articles and chapters on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has served as a grant reviewer on these topics for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

    "An exceptional work from leaders in the field of behavior analysis across both basic and applied contexts. This book is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and those in clinical practice. The distillation of complex research into understandable terms is truly an accomplishment. I strongly trust this book will be a cornerstone in advancing the field of behavior analysis."--Valerie M. Volkert, PhD, BCBA-D, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine; Multidisciplinary Feeding Program, Marcus Autism Center

    "Roane and colleagues have gathered accomplished experts in basic, applied, and translational behavior analysis to present this comprehensive, accessible work. This volume will serve not only as a foundational reference for students of the science of behavior, but also as a launchpad for innovative scholarship. Each chapter is written by researchers and practitioners, whose complementary skill sets coalesce to offer important contributions to the field. In the classroom, the text will introduce students to the seminal works in behavior analysis while providing extended explanations and clinical illustrations."--John C. Borrero, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    "This essential book demonstrates how a science must operate simultaneously at many levels of analysis in order to create persuasive theory and impactful applications. It provides an integrative perspective that will be helpful to everyone whose mission it is to understand and improve behavior, from basic scientists to applied researchers and field practitioners."--Thomas S. Critchfield, PhD, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University

    "An excellent resource for applied behavior analysts, psychologists, or other clinicians who seek to broaden their understanding of how behavioral principles influence clinical applications. The chapters are comprehensive and cover a wide array of topics, including experimental methods, reinforcement, respondent conditioning, verbal behavior, punishment, and behavioral pharmacology. Each chapter presents thorough descriptions of basic concepts along with laboratory examples, coupled with sound practical applications based on classical and current research. The contributors do an admirable job of explaining challenging technical concepts in an accessible way."--Matt Tincani, PhD, BCBA-D, Department of Teaching and Learning, Temple University

    "This book is a 'must read' for anyone interested in translational research. It is full of many new insights from a world-class team of editors and contributors."--Timothy A. Shahan, PhD, Department of Psychology, Utah State University-