The Behavior Analyst Today

Covers communication between the sub disciplines within behavior analysis, such as behavioral assessment, work with various populations, basic and applied research. Publishes original research, reviews of sub disciplines, theoretical and conceptual work, applied research, program descriptions, research in organizations and the community, clinical work, and curriculum developments.

Articles from Vol. 3, No. 3, Summer

Advances in Curriculum-Based Measurement: Alternative Rate Measures for Assessing Reading Skills in Pre- and Advanced Readers
Behavioral researchers have developed Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) procedures that yield a rate measure (words read correctly per minute). Investigators have shown that words correct per minute provides a valid, reliable, and sensitive measure...
An Overview of Some Current Challenges within the Field of Clinical Behavior Analysis
Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) is facing a number of difficult challenges and in many ways is at an important crossroads. This paper outlines several key issues and discusses possible directions CBA might pursue within the context of the current...
Can Contextual Therapies Save Clinical Behavior Analysis?
Behavior therapy has become separated from its philosophical roots in radical behaviorism. In many respects, operant techniques have gradually been substituted first by cognitive-behavioral and later by cognitive interventions. The main reason for...
Clinical Behavior Analysis: Where It Went Wrong, How It Was Made Good Again, and Why Its Future Is So Bright
This paper traces the birth, quiescence and renaissance of clinical behavior analysis (CBA). CBA is the application of radical behaviorism to outpatient adult behavior therapy. It addresses the question of how talking in the consulting room helps the...
Constructing a Behavior Analytical Helping Process
The language of behavior analysis and radical behaviorism can provide a coherent framework for the helping processes we call counseling or psychotherapy. This can best be done when we use concepts consistent with this framework and avoid the use of...
Countering Teacher Resistance in Behavioral Consultation: Recommendations for the School-Based Consultant
Psychologists working in schools have demonstrated the effectiveness of behavioral interventions for improving academic performance and classroom behaviors. Furthermore, the amendments to IDEA have given school-based professionals greater responsibilities...
Decreasing the Intensity of Reinforcement-Based Interventions for Reducing Behavior: Conceptual Issues and a Proposed Model for Clinical Practice
Behavioral interventions that include reinforcement as a treatment component have proven quite effective in decreasing problem behavior in children and individuals with developmental disabilities. These interventions are typically initiated with frequent,...
Human Time-Based Schedule Performance: Exploring Interactions between Instructions and Response-Reinforcer Contiguity
Spontaneous regulation of human behavior on a simple time-based mixed schedule of reinforcement was studied as a function of instructions and response-reinforcer contiguity. Seventeen subjects were exposed to a mixed fixed-interval (FI) 10 s schedule...
On the Identity Crisis in OBM
Some confusion exists at present in the OBM community regarding the subject matter of the discipline and how concepts from outside the tradition of behavior analysis should be handled. Some of the confusion is traced to differences in historic definitions...
Performance-Based in the Workplace: Magic Potion or Malevolent Poison?
Performance-based pay systems have been widely used in organizations. Despite their popularity, they have been criticized on a number of grounds, such as their lack of effectiveness. There is also surprisingly little research on what effects such systems...
Socrates and the Dodo Bird: Clinical Behavior Analysis and Psychotherapy Research
Clinical behavior analysis (CBA) is characterized by inductive observation and a pragmatic focus on outcomes. This paper argues that CBA may be useful in addressing certain issues confronted by the field of psychotherapy research. These issues include...
The Current Status and Future Direction of Clinical Behavior Analysis: Introduction to the Special Section
During the 1960s and early 1970s, when Skinnerian behaviorism had reached its apogee, many behavior therapists in clinical practice employed operant principles in their work with the range of clinical disorders. Behavior therapists prided themselves...
The Estimation of Interobserver Agreement in Behavioral Assessment
Direct observation of behavior has traditionally been a core component of behavioral assessment. However, systematic observational data is not intrinsically reliable and valid. It is well known that observer accuracy and consistency can be influenced...
Using Peers to Facilitate Learning by Students with Moderate Disabilities
Based on the research of the author with her colleagues, this article describes the effective use of peers in systematic procedures to facilitate learning by students with moderate disabilities. Five research investigations are described, and guidelines...