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Students Attend SEABA Annual Conference

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Five Psychological Sciences students attended the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis (SEABA) annual conference in Asheville, NC on November 5th& 6th.  The conference consisted of nine invited addresses and a poster session.  SEABA’s key mission is to “promote scholarly discourse within and about Behavior Analysis.”  (http://www.seaba.org)

During this three-day conference, the Psychological Sciences students presented three posters. These posters were co-authored with faculty in the Department of Graduate Psychology and the Department of Psychology.  The students attended presentations that covered applied research, basic research, and theoretical topics in the field of behavior analysis.  Additionally, two students, Curtis Bradley and Whitney Smiley, had the pleasure of introducing two invited speakers, Dr. Chris Newland from Auburn University and Dr. Kimberly Epting from Elon University (respectively).

A first-year Psychological Sciences student in the Behavior Analysis Concentration, Curtis Bradley, commented about his first experience at SEABA: 

“SEABA was the not only a great academic experience but a great opportunity to develop professionally. Having some of the most respected researchers in the field discuss their perspective on my current research is a great catalyst towards developing a methodologically sound thesis. Besides refining my research, the poster sessions were an opportunity to assess PhD programs and career opportunities in the field of Behavior Analysis. But perhaps the greatest experience was having the honor to introduce one of the most prominent researchers in the field of Behavior Analysis, Dr. Christopher Newland. Sharing the same interests as Dr. Newland, this opportunity was an experience that will have a lasting effect on my professional development. Attending all presentations was not only enjoyable but educational from the theoretical, basic, and applied perspectives of Behavior Analysis. Overall, SEABA gave me a better appreciation for the work I do in the lab, as well as the education I receive in the classroom.”

Tonya Lambert, an alumn of the Psychological Sciences program commented on her experience at SEABA:

“This year was my third consecutive SEABA and as with all of the others, I found it a great experience.  It is a great chance to learn about new directions in the field and hear from not only basic researchers, but also from the applied field.  Given the opportunity to share my own research at the poster session allowed me to get new perspectives and discuss my own ideas with leaders in the field.  As a recent graduate of the Psychological Sciences program and a first year in the School Psychology program at Syracuse University, I found the presentation by Dr. Claire St. Peter Pipkin to be inspiring as she combined the field of education and behavior analysis in a new and effective manner.  I hope to continue to return to SEABA to reconnect with old friends and professors and continue to learn more about the field of behavior analysis.”

The following posters were presented at the conference by current and past Psychological Sciences students (current Psychological Sciences student names are bold below):

Lambert, T. L.**, & Saville, B. K.* (2010, November). Interteaching and the Testing Effect: Do Post-Discussion Quizzes Increase the Efficacy of Interteaching? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis in Asheville, NC.

Robertson, S. H.**, Bradley, C. A., Arnold, M. A., Peterson, D. J., Truelove, J. C., Valacer, J. E., Lovaas, P. G., O’Brien, S. W., Pope, D. A., & Serdikoff, S. L.* (2010, November). The Impact of Amphetamine on Resistance to Extinction in a Single Schedule Preparation. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis in Asheville, NC.

Serdikoff, S. L.*, Peterson, D. J.,  Halsey, P. A.**, Bradley, C. A., Valacer, J. E.,  Truelove, J. C.,  Lovass, P. G., O’Brien, S. E., & Arnold M. A..( 2010, November). Examining the Performance of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHR) in a Temporal Discounting Procedure. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis in Asheville, North Carolina.

Williams, J. W., Smiley, W. F., & Zinn, T. E.* (2010, November). A Component Analysis of Interteaching: Should lecture precede or follow pair discussions? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis in Asheville, North Carolina.

* denotes faculty member
** denotes Psychological Science alumni