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1/30/20 – Functional Analysis and Mental Health


LIVE Webinar: Thursday, January 30, 2020

Recording Availability: 1/31/20-2/5/20 

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General Information

Title: Functional Analysis and Mental Health

Presented By: Professor Peter Sturmey

Date: Thursday January 30, 2020

Time: 10:00-1:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: 1/31/20-2/5/20  5 pm eastern


Functional approaches to psychopathology have a long history dating back to the 1940’s. Early researchers began work on schizophrenia in the context of token economies, but expanded rapidly to other diagnoses such as depression, habit disorders, depression, anxiety, autism and intellectual disability, and to other treatments such as social skills training, self-management etc. There are many and diverse examples of functional analyses of psychopathology in the literature. An important question is whether or not functional approaches to treatment are effective or more effective than traditional, evidence-based treatments. (Sometimes they are).

Learning Objectives

The participants will:
Identify Skinner’s definition of functional analysis
Identify Skinner’s model of psychopathology
Identify behavioral approaches to functional analysis of psychopathic behavior when presented with case examples
Identify applications of functional analysis for those with mental illness

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Professor Peter Sturmey, ABAC resident speaker, is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York where he is a member of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specializes in autism and other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis, evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training. He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene then San Antonio State Schools during a federal class action lawsuit. There he supervised behavioral services and master's level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and implementing large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs.

Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 210 peer reviewed papers, and over 70 book chapters. He is the series editor for Springer’s new book series Advances in Prevention and Treatment in Violence and Aggression. He provides webinars on ABA to qualified professionals and others on a regular basis. He has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. He has an active lab of graduate and undergraduate students working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other disabilities. He provides training and consultations widely.

Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related presentations.

Credit Hour Information

BCBAs earn 3 CEUs for Live and Recording

Psychologists earn 3 CEs for Live and Recording

  • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
  • CEs not available for other professions

For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Webinar begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A session
11:50 am: Webinar resumes
12:45 pm: Second Q&A session
1:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms