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3/12/20 – ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents Matt Tincani, Ph.D., BCBA-D: Conducting and Appraising Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of ABA Research


LIVE WEBINAR: March 12, 2020

RECORDING CLOSES: March 17, 2020

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General Information

Title:  Conducting and Appraising Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of ABA Research

Presented By: Matt Tincani, Ph.D., BCBA-D

LIVE Date:  Thursday, 3/12/2020

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Closes: 3/17/2020


    Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are valuable tools to explore research questions about the effectiveness of ABA interventions. Systematic reviews employ strategies to carefully cull the research literature to answer specific questions, whereas meta-analyses aggregate the effects of interventions across multiple studies. In this webinar, Dr. Tincani will overview the rationale and strategies for appraising and conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Specifically, he will discuss the kinds of research questions appropriate for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, current best practices for extracting studies, and strategies for data aggregation and analysis, with a specific focus on single-case research. Issues related to preregistration, publication bias, and the pros and cons of various statistical methods will be explored.

    Learning Objectives

    --Participants will be able to identify the importance of systematic reviews and meta-analyses for appraising ABA research.
    --Participants will be able to identify research questions appropriate for a systematic review or meta-analysis.
    --Participants will identify strategies for extracting studies and aggregating data for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
    --Participants will identify advantages and disadvantages of non-overlap and statistical methods for aggregating single-case findings.

    Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

    Dr. Matt Tincani focuses on the application of behavioral principles to improve language, academic, social, and play skills of learners with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities, with particular interest in Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. His additional scholarly interests include positive behavior support in school and community settings, scaling-up of behavioral interventions, quality of life of people with disabilities, and single-case designs. His most recent work has explored issues of publication bias in single-case research, where he has advocated for publishing studies that do not yield experimental effect. He has been appointed to the editorial boards of several prominent journals in the field of special education, in addition to serving as associate editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2000, he was previously coordinator of Temple's graduate program in applied behavior analysis, in addition to his affiliation with the special education program. He currently serves as chairperson of the Department of Teaching and Learning, which houses the university's teacher preparation programs in early childhood, middle grades, secondary, and special education.

    Dr. Tincani has no financial relationships relevant to this presentation.

    Credit Hour Information

    Behavior Analysts: 3 CEUs for Live & Recorded webinar
    Social Workers/ Counselors/ Psychologists  NA

    • 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


    6:00 pm: Introduction
    6:05 pm: Webinar begins
    7:30 pm: 10 minute break
    7:40 pm: First Q&A session
    7:50 pm: Webinar resumes
    8:45 pm: Second Q&A session
    9:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and attendance code submission forms