The Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis (GABA) was founded in 2001 to provide: (1) a professional network and resource for behavior analysts in Georgia; (2) a forum for members to collaborate, disseminate recent research, share ideas, and discuss needs; (3) a voice to promote the ethical and effective use of behavior analysis; (4) a resource for those seeking ABA services in Georgia; (5) the organization of an annual regional ABA conference; and (6) a provider of continuing education for professionals in Georgia.
A Letter from the GABA President:
Dear GABA friends and members,
The behavior analytic community continues to grow in Georgia. There are now one hundred fifty-one BCBAs and BCaBAs in the state. Specifically, Georgia is now home to twenty-six Doctorate level Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA-D), one hundred six Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), and nineteen Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts. As an affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, we continue to support the local behavior analysis community through an annual conference, newsletters, and networking.
The 4th annual GABA conference was held November 4, 2011 in Atlanta and featured presentations by Merrill Winston, Ph.D, Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D. Dennis Reid, Ph.D., Alice Shillingsburg, Ph.D., Kim Lucker-Greene, Ph.D., and James Carr, Ph.D. The conference covered topics relevant to a wide audience within the behavioral community. Research-based presentations on language acquisition procedures, the role of problem solving in complex verbal repertoires, and treatment integrity in applied settings were offered, as well as practical presentations on staff training and development, the role and use of punishment in programing, and reducing problem behavior through skill acquisition.
During 2011, several new offices were created on the GABA executive committee, which are now active positions. The current leadership team consists of officers for the following areas: Past-President, President, Marketing, Membership, Finance, Continuing Education, and Communication.
Our goals for 2012 include improving and expanding our website to include more practical information and resources for behavior analysts and consumers in the state, pursuing non-profit status for the organization, and once again maintaining an exceptional mid-sized annual conference to provide scholarly and practical learning opportunities to behavior analysts in our state, as well as Type II continuing education credits.