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ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Drs. Robin Kuhn, April Becker, and Sarah Pinkelman: Filling in Current and Future Gaps in Behavioral Cusps


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We Are Thrilled to Announce the September 2021

ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Webinar Presented By

Robin M. Kuhn, Ph.D., April Becker, Ph.D.& Sarah E. Pinkelman, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 30, 2021 |Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording closes 10/10/21 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)  | You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the recording. Recording closes 10 days after the LIVE webinar.

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Introduced by Rosales-Ruiz and Baer (1997), behavioral cusps are new behaviors that put an individual in contact with novel contingencies, consequences, communities, etc., facilitating socially significant behavior change. Descriptive use of the behavioral concept has increased over time, with less functional experimental exploration. In this session, presenters will review the current literature and thinking on behavioral cusps, discuss applications and extensions of the cusp to different areas of behavior analysis, and situate the concept of the cusp in relation to a wider theory of behavioral development.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


By the end of this event participants should be able to:

  • Identify defining features of behavioral cusps
  • Identify trends in the cusp literature.
  • Identify the role of cusps in a wider theory of behavioral development
  • Identify current developments, controversies, and arguments related to the cusp concept.


Dr. Robin Kuhn is a Professor of Practice and Practicum Supervisor for the Online Applied Behavioral Science Programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. She also owns a small clinical practice providing early intervention to young children diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disorders. Dr. Kuhn earned her M.S. in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas under the mentorship of Drs. Shahla Ala’i and Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, and her Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology at Central Michigan University under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Hixson and Dr. Mark Reilly. Along with graduate students, Dr. Kuhn writes the 8th Dimension column for the Cambridge Center of Behavioral Studies (CCBS) newsletter, Current Repertoire, and serves as an advisor for CCBS. Her research interests are diverse, with current projects in the areas of cumulative skill acquisition, technology-enhanced instruction, educational practices, early intervention, social justice, and translational research. .

April Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. She received her B.S. from Colorado State University, where she studied cellular mechanisms of muscle atrophy under Dr. Donald Mykles and behavioral ecology and songbird vocalizations under Dr. Myron Baker. After working in various zoos and aquariums as an animal trainer, presenter, and caretaker, she earned her M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas working with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Dr. Sigrid Glenn studying motivation, creativity and cultural contingencies. Dr. Becker earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where her work with Dr. Mark Goldberg focused on behavioral recovery from brain injury and the use of plasticity-modulating pathways to augment rehabilitation. Dr. Becker's research and interests have several aims: to understand multi-level selection ranging from brain to cultural development, to better understand the basic brain mechanisms of learning and behavior in a radical behavior framework, and to develop better clinical and translational approaches to brain injury rehabilitation.⁠ ⁠

Dr. Sarah Pinkelman is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Utah State University. She entered the field as a special education teacher and has over 20 years of experience working with students with disabilities in school, home, and community settings. Dr. Pinkelman earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Oregon in under the mentorship of Dr. Rob Horner and her M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas under the mentorship of Drs. Shahla Ala’i and Jesús Rosales-Ruiz. An overarching theme in Dr. Pinkelman’s work is bridging the research-to-practice gap in public education. She is passionate about implementation and prevention science as applied to evidence-based practice in schools, school-wide positive behavioral interventions and support, equity in schools, and social and ecological validity of implementation efforts.


Our speaker are volunteering their time to present as part of the  Cambridge Center Series and will not receive a speaker fees for presenting this event. 50% of the proceeds from this event are donated to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies


    • Behavior Analysts earn 3 CEUs (Learning): LIVE & RECORDING
    • Not eligible for NBCC, APA, AOTA, or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.

Additional Information

  • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
  • Must submit all attendance codes and pass the post-test (see Expected Learning Outcomes).
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 4 learning objectives for this 3 hour event.


12:00 pm: Introduction
12:05 pm: Webinar begins
1:30 pm: 10 minute break
1:40 pm: First Q&A session
1:50 pm: Webinar resumes
2:45 pm: Second Q&A session
3:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms