James Madison University

Psychological Sciences Students Attend VABA

PHOTO: Students at VABASix Psychological Sciences attended the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA) annual conference in Harrisonburg, VA on March 27, 2010.  The conference included six invited addresses and a poster session.  VABA is for “individuals interested in the science and technology of behavior analysis and its underlying philosophy, radical behaviorism.” (http://psychweb.cisat.jmu.edu/serdiksl/vaba/vaba.htm)

As a part of this one-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, four students, Lindsey Mayberry, Tonya Lambert, Whitney Smiley, and Stephen Robertson, had the pleasure of introducing four speakers: Dr. Trevor Stokes, Dr. Jeannie Golden, Dr. Phil Chase, and Dr. Philip Hineline, respectively.

PHOTO: Students at VABAWhitney Smiley, a first-year Psychological Sciences student in the Behavior Analysis Concentration commented about her first experience at SEABA:

"My experiences at VABA over the years have always aided my professional growth. This year was especially fruitful to me because I was able to network with a lot of prominent people and organizations in the field. Hearing the range of research presentations allowed me to further my understanding of other subfields within behavior analysis that are not my exclusive interests.  This experience has helped me to become a more well-rounded researcher and student.  It was a nice breath of fresh air to be able to have conversations about the field in a professional environment instead of just the classroom setting.”

PHOTO: Students at VABAThree of the students (names in bold below) presented posters at the conference and four of the students chaired invited addresses and introduced the speakers who delivered those addresses.

Jarvis, B. P., Joachim, B. T., Sorg, A. N., Melchione, D., Balka, K., Vasi, A., Loveless, E., & Irons, J. G. (2010, March). Reducing response requirements and behavioral costs in contingency management for smoking cessation. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Behavior Analysis, Harrisonburg, VA.

Lambert, T., & Saville, B. K. (2010, March). Delay and effort discounting: Predicting performance in an interteaching-based course. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Mayberry, L., Harner, A. , & Saville, B. K.  (2010, March). The relation between delay-discounting and disordered eating in college women. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.