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09/27/19- ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: Healthy Eating as a Series of Choice Responses


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General Information

Title: Healthy Eating as a Series of Choice Responses

Presented By: Sharlet D. Rafacz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Date: Friday, September, 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: September 28, 2019-October 3, 2019 5 pm eastern


Healthy eating has important well-being and financial implications for our society. As such, it is critical that the field of behavior analysis conduct more research in this area so that effective interventions may be developed. One barrier to addressing healthy eating may be conceptual. Far from being a single response, eating is comprised of a series of choice responses. These selection, preparation and consumption responses form a temporally delayed behavioral chain. In this presentation we will discuss the implications of approaching eating, and healthy eating in particular, as choice behavior. Factors that influence the decision to eat healthy or not will be reviewed and examples of research in this area presented. The idea that healthy eating is a series of responses that form a behavioral chain will then be elaborated on. This conceptualization has implications for how interventions are designed and their effects measured. We will review a number of different types of interventions that target selection, preparation, and/or consumption and make recommendations for future research given this conceptualization. Finally, we will discuss what the research both within and outside of behavior analysis tells us about the most effective approaches to improving healthy eating across settings and populations.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

1. Identify several factors that influence the choice to eat healthy or not.
2. Identify some of the implications of approaching healthy eating as a series of responses that form a behavioral chain.
3. Identify three interventions that successfully increase healthy food selection, preparation, and consumption.

    Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

    Dr. Sharlet Rafacz received her Ph.D. in psychology-behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno, following which she taught at Savannah State University and is now an assistant professor in the psychology department at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Rafacz teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in learning, research methods, applied behavior analysis, health behavior, and organizational behavior management (OBM). Her research interests are primarily in OBM and healthy eating. In OBM she focuses on the application of performance scorecards and systems-level interventions in business and analogue research on rule-governed behavior, response deprivation, and countercontrol in the workplace. Dr. Rafacz’s work in healthy eating includes several studies looking at point-of-purchase prompts in consumer settings and the effects of taste exposure with young children. She has presented her research at regional and national conferences and has been published in multiple behavioral journals including the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, the Psychological Record, and Perspectives on Behavior Science. Dr. Rafacz serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, is the northern California academic liaison for the CalABA Board of Directors, and was recently elected president-elect for the OBM Network.

    Disclosure Statement:

    Dr. Rafacz does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge CenterSeries. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM).

    Credit Hour Information

    • Certified/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II CEUs
    • Psychologists: not eligible
    • Social workers and counselors: not eligible

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    12:00 pm: Introduction
    12:05 pm: Presentation begins
    1:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
    2:00 pm: Submit attendance codes, take post-test, and fill out confidential evaluation form