ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents Ramona Houmanfar, PhD: Management of Wellbeing in Organizations and Beyond: From Rule Governance to Value Based Governance



General Information

Title: ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents Ramona Houmanfar, PhD: Management of Wellbeing in Organizations and Beyond: From Rule Governance to Value Based Governance

Presented By: Ramona A. Houmanfar, Ph.D. Professor & Director Behavior Analysis Program, Performance System Technologies Lab Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

LIVE Webinar Date: Wednesday August 19, 2020 

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability:  Until 8/29/20 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)



Wellbeing in organizations can be discussed in terms of the level of aversive stimulation in one’s environment, individuals’ level of choice, access to positive reinforcement, and the degree to which one operates in the context of positive reinforcement contingencies for others. A growing body of scientific evidence suggest biases can be deleterious and throw decisions off course just enough to harm others (e.g., women and minorities) or unjustifiably protect special interests. In many ways, leaders’ design and implementation of contingencies can bear positive or negative influences on the wellbeing of the organizational members plus the external environment (including the physical and social environment). This webinar will provide an overview of ways behavior science can contribute to the design of healthy environments that promote well-being of workers and consumers. Moreover, an overview of values-based governance, as a means of developing and maintaining healthy, and adaptive practices in organizations will be provided.

Learning Objectives

  • The audience will identify behaviors and associated outcomes that align with a behavior analytic discussion of wellbeing.
  • The audience will identify the behavior analytic account of implicit bias as related to emerging socio-cultural issues.
  • The audience will identify the foundation (concepts and principles) underlying value-based governance in organizations.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Dr. Ramona A. Houmanfar is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). She currently serves as the trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, Chair of the Organizational Behavior Management Section of Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and editorial board member of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Behavior & Social Issues. Dr. Houmanfar recently completed her seven-year term as the editor of Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. She has served as the former senior co-chair of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Director of the Organizational Behavior Management Network and President of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Houmanfar has published over 70 peer reviewed articles and chapters, delivered more than 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences in the areas of behavioral systems analysis, cultural behavior analysis, leadership in organizations, rule governance, communication networks, instructional design, and bilingual repertoire analysis and learning. Her expertise in behavioral systems analysis and cultural behavior analysis has also guided her research associated with implicit bias, cooperation, situational awareness, decision making, and value based governance. Dr. Houmanfar has published three co-edited books titled Organizational Change (Context Press), Understanding Complexity in Organizations, and Leadership & Cultural Change (Taylor & Francis Group).

Dr. Houmanfar does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM). Dr. Houmanfar has a financial arrangement or affiliation with the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) and The Performance Systems Technologies Lab at UNR.


6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:45 pm: Q&A session
8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts earn 2 CEUs*  (learning) 

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

*CE for viewing Live or Recording
** CE only for viewing Live

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