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Mission

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1. To bring a behavioral-developmental thrust to Behavior Analysis

This includes bringing in people from outside of traditional behavior analysis and forming collaborations with them.

2. To bring behavior-developmental analysis to the wider world of psychology, evolution, economics, etc.

So far there have been a number of means. The Development and Behavior Analysis SIG of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABA) completed its six year of scheduling a portion of the ABA annual Program. Many of the participants are from outside of ABA. We have scheduled not only invited addresses and symposia but panel discussions and debates on key issues such as moral development, stages, biological basis of behavior. We share our newsletter widely with other developmentalists. We also organize programs in other organizations, such as AME (Association of Moral Education), APA (American Psychological Association), EPA (Eastern Psychological Association), ISIS (International Society of Infant Studies), SMAC (The Mexican Association of Behavioral Analysis), SRAD (Society for Research in Adult Development, SRCD (Society for Research in Child Development), that present accomplishments, findings, issues and theory in Behavioral Development.

History

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At the 1989 Association for Behavior Analysis convention at Nashville, TN, Jacob L. Gewirtz filed papers for a new Special Interest Group. In 1990, in San Francisco, Jacob L. Gewirtz and Martha Pelaez-Nogueras (along with minor help from Michael Lamport Commons) founded the Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (DABASIG). The new members decided to put on an extensive program each year. Jacob Gewirtz became President and Program chair. Martha Pelaez-Nogueras became Newsletter Editor. Michael Lamport Commons became secretary. In 1995, Martha became Treasurer.

In 1992 we established the following positions:

  • Chair of the Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
  • Treasurer of the Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
  • Behavioral Development Newsletter Associate editors
  • Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group Program Coordinators
  • Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group Board Members.

By 1996 in San Francisco, DABASIG has put on 25 programs including a business meeting and a dinner. It also has put programs on at APA and ISIS and other organizations. A large number of presenters come from outside of ABA.

The Behavioral Developmental Bulletin was established by Martha Pelaez-Nogueras. It began as the Newsletter "Behavior Development" It was to be at least twice yearly newsletter and contain refereed short articles as well as news. The Newsletter published announcements, bibliography, reviews, short papers, requests, letters, commentaries, etc. The newsletter had a peer-reviewed short-article section. Many people read the newsletter, and it was a good way to get other to know about your work. This is one way Sig communicates with mainstream developmental psychologists.

The Behavioral Developmental Bulletin became a journal and, in 2009, joined the Behavior Analysis on-line group of journals. In 1990, Michael Markham became an Associate Editor for two years. The Editorial Advisors included Jacob L. Gewirtz and Michael Commons.

On June 5, 2000, Michael Lamport Commons established a listserv for the sig.

Here is a video of a visit from B. F. Skinner in 1998, with M. Commons, J. Gewirtz, M. Pelaez, and students.

Present Officers

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Jacob L. Gewirtz
Jacob L. Gewirtz, Ph.D.
Chair, Editorial Advisor
Department Psychology
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Martha Pelaez-Nogueras
Martha Pelaez-Nogueras, Ph.D.
Editor and Treasurer
Department of Education Psychology and Special Education
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Gary D. Novak
Gary D. Novak
Program Chair
Dean, College of Human and Health Sciences
California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, CA 95382
Michael Lamport Commons
Michael Lamport Commons, Ph.D.
Secretary, Editorial Advisor, Webmaster, Listserv Moderator
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
234 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138-1328
Patrice Marie Miller
Patrice Marie Miller, Ed.D.
Editor and Treasurer
Department of Education Psychology and Special Education
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199