Spotlight on diversity and inclusion in the field of behavior analysis: A panel hosted by Dr. Sarah E. Bloom 12/12/18

Presented by: Host: Sarah E. Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Panelists: Marlesha Bell,  Anna R. Garcia, Miguel Avila, Elizabeth Fong

Date: Wednesday, 12/12/18 Time: 10:00am-1:00pm eastern standard time

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ABAC’s second resident speaker, Dr. Bloom moderates an ABAC Exclusive panel of women and people of color at various stages in their careers as behavior analysts. The panelists will have an open and honest conversation  that will include their perspectives and recommendations on what behavior analysis needs to do as a field to be more inclusive. In addition the panelists will talk about what behavior analysts need to know so that they can be in alignment with our ethics code and provide effective supervision to women and people of color. Whether or not you were at the end of conference panel at WIBA2018, the concluding convention panel on diversity and culture at ABAicon2018, or have been a part of culture and diversity disscussions in social media forums in the past year, you will not want to miss this panel. This event will include a live Q&A session and the ability for audience members to comment.


Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will be able to identify barriers to services experienced by culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) clients.
  • Participants will be able to discuss special challenges experienced by behavior analysts who come from CLD backgrounds. 
  • Participants will be able to consider strategies to ensure more equity in our field. 
  • Participants will be able to identify potential conflicts in the code, the task list, and best practices.



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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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Sarah E. Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA-D earned her Masters and PhD with Dr. Brian Iwata at the University of Florida in 2008. She is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis program in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral). She supervises a research lab of Master’s and Doctoral students. Her current courses include: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Ethics for Behavior Analysts, Conceptual Foundations of Behavior Analysis, and Functional Analysis and Function-Based Approaches to Intervention. Prior to this position, she was a faculty member at Utah State University. She is a former President of the Utah Association for Behavior Analysis and has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a guest reviewer at Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavioral Interventions, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Education and Treatment of Children, and Journal of Early Intervention. She has 20 articles published or in press in peer-reviewed journals, including a number of articles on trial-based functional analysis. Her current research interests include assessment and treatment of problem behavior and improving access to behavior analysis for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Bloom has been involved in the modification of functional analysis methodology into a trial-based format in order to facilitate its use in educational and other settings.

Marlesha Bell received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is currently a board
certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and a doctoral student at the University of South Florida (USF). Additionally, she serves on the Women who Ignite Student
Engagement (WISE) advisory council with USF’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program. Marlesha’s research interests include applying ABA to
social justice issues and improving behavior analytic services to people of color by considering cultural and linguistic diversity during the assessment and
treatment of problem behavior.

Anna R. Garcia is a first generation Hispanic who was the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. She received her doctoral degree in Applied Behavior Analysis on May 2018 from the University of South Florida (USF) and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at USF’s Rightpath Research and Innovation Center. Her research is focused on assessing the influence of cultural characteristics on behavior analytic assessments and treatments, and creating culturally-enhanced  interventions to better serve individuals of diverse backgrounds.”

Miguel Avila, MA, BCBA received his master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of West Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University. Appreciative of scientific approaches that aim to address societal problems, he has focused his studies and clinical training opportunities in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Raised in South America, Mr. Avila is fluent in his native language of Spanish, as well as English and has conducted ABA training workshops for parents, other professionals, and students of applied behavior analysis in both languages. A US citizen and current resident of South Florida, he works for the Professional Crisis Management Association (PCMA) and travels throughout the United States, Europe and South America where he enjoys assisting others through the clinical application of behavior analysis. He is an adjunct professor with the University of West Florida where he teaches graduate courses for BACB certification. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the Association for Behavior Analysis International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group and an advisor for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.


Elizabeth Fong,founder of the Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts (MultiABA), a special interest group of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and founder of “Diversity in Behavior Analysis” a section in Behavior Analysis Research and Practice.


Presenter Disclosure Statement

Dr. Bloom does not receive royalties for materials or programs mentioned in this event. Dr. Bloom receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC.




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