ABACGives Event:

Why ABA Practitioners Should Know About the Experimental Analysis of Behavior


General Information

Why ABA Practitioners Should Know About the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Henry D. Schlinger, Jr., Ph.D.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Access Period: 12/2/20-12/11/20


The field of behavior analysis consists of three branches: the experimental branch—The Experimental Analysis of Behavior (TEAB); the philosophical branch—radical behaviorism; and the applied branch—Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Radical behaviorism and ABA both grew directly out of TEAB, and without the experimental foundation, those two branches of behavior analysis would not exist. For the present purposes, the point will be made that ABA practitioners are most effective when they are well-trained and conversant in TEAB. In this webinar Dr. Schlinger will (1) describe what TEAB is, (2) present a brief history of TEAB and the origin of the term analysis, (3) point out that most, if not all, the early applied behavior analysts had strong backgrounds in TEAB, and (4) describe how a solid foundation in TEAB can improve the efficacy of ABA practitioners.


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.

Learning Objectives

After attending this presentation, participants should be able to:
1. Define TEAB (The Experimental Analysis of Behavior).
2. Recognize the origin of the term analysis.
3. Identify reasons why TEAB can improve the efficacy of ABA practitioners.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University (WMU) under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology also at WMU with Alan Poling. Dr. Schlinger was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and former director of the M.S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Schlinger has published more than 80 scholarly articles, chapters, and commentaries in 35 different journals and books. He also has authored or co-authored three books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese), and Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998). He is past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst, and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and on the Advisory Board of The B.F. Skinner Foundation and The Venus Project (https://www.resourcebasedeconomy.org/advisory-board/). He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012, and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015.

The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the products, organizations, or programs mentioned during this talk. 




7:00 pm: Introduction
7:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:55 pm: Q&A session
8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts earn 1 CEUs (Learning)*  Psychologists earn 1 CE*

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 for viewing Live only


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