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NJABA Organization Background

The New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA), an affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International, was founded to promote the discipline of behavior analysis in New Jersey. Our first development meeting was held in 2003 at Rutgers, Douglas Developmental Disabilities Center. Since that time, NJABA became incorporated, earned tax exempt status, elected officers, developed this website, completed a number of newsletter issues, exceeded the 300 member mark (thank you to all members!), and held successful annual conferences and professional workshop days throughout the year. For details, see below.

NJABA Past News

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NJABA Conference August 8, 2008. Pictured from left to right are NJABA President Lori Bechner, Dr. Lynn McClannahan, Dr. Patricia Krantz, NJABA Past-President Marlene Cohen, and Dr. Hank Pennypacker.

2008
4th Annual NJABA Conference.

Thanks to all who attended, organized, and helped out at the annual NJABA conference Friday & Saturday, Aug. 8-9, 2008 at Rutgers University Busch Campus Center.. It was a smashing success! Dr. Hank Pennypacker provided an intriguing keynote and also presented an all-day workshop on standard celeration charting. NJABA also presented Drs. Patricia Krantz and Lynn McClannahan, Executive Directors Emeriti of the Princeton Child Development Institute, with lifetime achievement awards for their service and contributions to behavior analysis.

On Friday March 14, 2008, Dr. Gina Green presented on evaluating treatment claims for autism and teaching matching and discrimination skills for learners at Caldwell College as part of NJABA’s Professional Workshop series. Dr. Green signed copies of her books at the conclusion of the workshop.

2007
In October, Dr. Caroline Eggerding from Bancroft Neurohealth spoke on autism diagnosis.

The 3rd Annual NJABA Conference in Behavior Analysis was a great success! Thanks to all presenters, volunteers, and attendees! In August 2007, keynote speaker Dr. Jon Bailey launched this two full-day conference of workshops at Rutgers University Busch Campus Center in Piscataway. Nearly 200 professionals, parents, and students attended!

In March, NJABA sent out its first formal nomination for officers ballots to full voting members. In June, the first formal Board of Directors was in place as a result of the election.

The February 23, 2007, all-day workshop “Ethics and Behavior Analysis” at Caldwell College by Dr. Jon Bailey and Dr. Mary Burch was engaging and informative. By popular demand, Dr. Bailey will be back on Saturday, August 11, 2007 to repeat this workshop. Dr. Bailey has also agreed to keynote the first day of our Annual NJABA Conference on Friday, August 10.

2006
The 2nd Annual NJABA Conference in Behavior Analysis was a great success! Thanks to all presenters, volunteers, and attendees! In August 2006, keynote speaker Dr. Carl Binder launched this two full-day conference of workshops at Rutgers University Busch Campus Center in Piscataway. Nearly 200 professionals, parents, and students attended!

Our website reached a milestone! On May 17, 2006, we reached the 5,000 hit mark! Not bad for one year online…

NJABA Members Meeting – Thank you to all members who came to our meetings at the COSAC conference in Atlantic City on Saturday May 20 and the one at the Association for Behavior Analysis International conference in Atlanta, GA on May 28 at 8am.

Dr. William L. Heward, co-author of the seminal book in our field Applied Behavior Analysis,  presented the exciting workshop “What Can Behavior Analysis Offer Education?” at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ on Friday, February 24, 2006 . Over 100 registrants attended.

2005
The first NJABA Networking Social was held on Friday, October 21, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Brunswick, NJ. It was a nice opportunity to meet, speak with, and just have a good time with other members of the NJABA community!!

We added the Revised Guidelines for Consumers of Applied Behavior Analysis Services to Individuals with Autism and Related Disorders from the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association for Behavior Analysis to the web links page.

The First Annual NJABA Conference in Behavior Analysis was a great success! Thanks to all presenters, volunteers, and attendees! In August 2005, keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Harris launched this full-day conference of workshops at Rutgers University Busch Campus Center in Piscataway. About 200 professionals, parents, and students attended!

Our first NJABA newsletter, titled Current Dimensions includes research article reviews, book reviews, and information about the current state of certification in behavior analysis.

2004
NJABA’s  first  members meeting was held at the COSAC conference in Atlantic City in May, 2004.