Scholarly publications

Includes peer reviewed journals within and adjacent to behavior analysis
(Starred journals available to BCBAs through the BACB portal)

Behavior Analysis in Practice
Volume 16, issue 4, December 2023 (30 articles, 2 open access)
Most intriguing : The Basics of CBM: What BCBAs Need to Know
December 2022 issue of BAIP now free to view 

1/2 Guinness, K.E., Atkinson, R.S. & Feil, E.G. Evaluating Social Validity to Inform Intervention Development: Qualitative Analysis of Caregiver Interviews. Behav Analysis Practice (2024).
An attempt to assess social validity of an intervention before implementation (rather than after)

1/4 Rogers, B., Reinecke, D. & Moss-Lourenco, T. For the Love of this Field: Advocating and Collaborating with a United Purpose. Behav Analysis Practice (2024).
NYSABA has included a parent as a consumer rep on the board of directors; the authors recommend a similar position in similar organizations

1/5 Coy, J.N., Enders, O.G. & Kostewicz, D.E. Introducing LADER: A Structured Approach to Effective Professional Interactions for Behavior Analysts. Behav Analysis Practice (2024).
People skills for behavior analysts, which include "listen, ask questions, determine misconceptions, engage, and reflect and evaluate"

Behavior and Social Issues
1/2 Galbally, J., Sheppard, M.E. & Mayer, K. Community-Based Early Language and Literacy Screenings. Behav. Soc. Iss. (2024).
Free literacy screenings with an app, combined with personalized literacy instruction, was found to be beneficial by parents and community members

1/5 Yurick, A.L., Council, M., Telesman, A.O. et al. On the Science of Reading: How Social Justice, Behavior Analysis, and Literacy Instruction Converge. Behav. Soc. Iss. (2024).
Effective reading instruction is an issue of social justice due to disparate literacy rates 

Epstein, R., Lothringer, M. & Zankich, V.R. How a Daily Regimen of Operant Conditioning Might Explain the Power of the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME). Behav. Soc. Iss. (2024).
(Open access) In an experiment, the authors manipulated the results in internet searches; one group got correct answers as the top result (high trust) and the other group got correct answers below the top (low trust). The high trust group were later biased towards the top results, and the low trust group was biased away from the top results

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior *
1/3 Baum, W. M. (2023). A molar view of goal direction and habit. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1–10.
A molar (e.g., long term) versus molecular (e.g., short term) perspective on behavior as it applies to goal-directed behavior and habit. Baum has written at length about the molar/molecular distinction, and it's worth reading. 

Katz, B. R., & Lattal, K. A. (2024). An analysis of coordinated responding of pigeons. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1–17.
When coordination is reinforced, more coordinated responses occur

The Analysis of Verbal Behavior
Volume 39, issue 2, December 2023 (5 articles, 0 open access)
Most intriguing: Do NOT Read this Article: the Effects of Autoclitics and Nudge on Choosing

Journal of Behavioral Education
Volume 32, issue 4, December 2023 (10 articles, 1 open access)
Most intriguing: A Review of Second Language Acquisition in Verbal Behavior Analysis

1/2 Romani, P.W., Koerner, A.M. Comparison of Fixed-Ratio and Fixed-Interval Schedules of Reinforcement within the Treatment of Escape-Reinforced Problem Behavior. J Behav Educ (2024).
First, researchers controlled exposure to the establishing operation (EO, the "trigger") in escape-maintained behavior; then they used FR & FI schedules. Initially it seemed that FR schedules were more effective

1/5 Maffei-Almodovar, L., Sturmey, P. & Jessel, J. Effectiveness of Pyramidal Training on Staff Acquisition of Five Behavior Analytic Procedures in the School. J Behav Educ (2024).
Teachers were taught to use BST to train their assistants on various ABA skills; this was effective, but teachers required feedback for maintenance

European Journal of Behavior Analysis
Volume 24, Issue 1-2 (2023) (10 articles, 3 open access)
Most intriguing: An assessment of the qualities and behaviors of exemplary practitioners: Perspectives from international and award-winning behavior analysts

Perspectives on Behavior Science
Volume 46, Issue 3-4, December 2023 (10 articles, 2 open access)
Most intriguing: Contrasting Accounts of Early Speech Perception and Production

REBAC: The Brazilian Journal of Behavior Analysis
v. 19, no. 2 (2023) (15 articles)
Most intriguing: Behavioral strategies used by speech therapists to teach verbal behavior to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
1/6 A multi-sample investigation of psychological flexibility processes and reactive and proactive functions of aggression
(In press) Flexibility has a positive impact on aggression; inflexibility seems to lead to more reactive aggression


Future Changes to RBT Certification Requirements

Behavioral Observations
How to Make Career Decisions as a Bcba: Apollo Case Study Series 12
AAC, Science-Based Treatment, Clinical Judgment, and More: The 2023 Verbal Behavior Conference Panel Discussion


Generally these are produced by professionals

An Object Lesson in Effective Communication
Tom Critchfield on effective science communication: don't be "the smartest guy in the room"

Steve Hayes
The Principle of “Just Cuz”
in setting New Year's Resolutions

First Autistic Lead Character on PBS Kids to Debut in 2024
Carl the Collector, an autistic raccoon (seriously)

Licensing & professional organizations

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Is There Science Behind That?
(Hint: no)

❄️ASAN December Update ❄️

December newsletter
Includes details of the 2026 RBT job task analysis, test outline, 40 hour training outline, and recert requirements (a crosswalk is included); also includes a timeline of upcoming BCBA certification requirements

Business world

Autism services, behavioral health, etc.

Top Behavioral Health Trends for 2024
According to this author, investment in ABA has not been a runaway success, and providers may need to diversify their services

Accidentally behavior analysis

A mainstream news article that relates to behavior analysis

What to Know About the Science of Reading, NYT

Are we still talking about this? Is this how Zig felt 40 years after Project Follow Through? Has nobody in the media heard of The Wing Institute?

Continuing education


BehaviorLive has a list of events, some of which are free: 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/31


From LIFE magazine in 1965, an early report on Lovaas’ treatment. There is outdated language, some disturbing descriptions of punishment, and some mildly disturbing pictures.