Applied Behavior Analysis Research Made Easy
A Handbook for Practitioners Conducting Research Post-Certification
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: Context Press
Learn how you can make a name for yourself in the field of applied behavior analysis research.
If you’re like many practitioners in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), you may encounter barriers when conducting research—including limited resources, competing contingencies, an absence of a formal institutional review board, and rigorous methodology requirements. This book addresses these limitations directly, and offers strategies for contributing to research literature, advancing your career, and making professional scholarly submissions over the course of your career.
In this book, you’ll find a thorough discussion about the research-to-practice gap, arguments for why ABA practitioners should publish, tips for ensuring ethical research practices, time management skills to help you stay productive, and strategies for overcoming common obstacles in research.
Also included are practical ways to conduct research in applied settings, information about receiving mentorship, tips for writing, a quick reference guide to the editorial process, examples of applied studies, and resources to help you get started right away.
“A long-overdue resource that is going to be useful for just about any practitioner who cares about science.”~Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA
—Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA, director of the master of science in applied behavior analysis (ABA) program at the University of Southern California, as well as director of research at FirstSteps for Kids
“Amber Valentino has taken the very best of her expertise and experiences and combined it with practical, accessible information to empower ANY post-certification practitioner to conduct applied research. I could almost hear Valentino’s voice in my head while I read her book telling me, ‘Sarah! You can do applied research! Let’s go!’ I look forward to what will hopefully be an outrageous increase in applied research studies and publications as a result of practitioners using Valentino’s book!”~Sarah Trautman, MA, BCBA
—Sarah Trautman, MA, BCBA, cofounder of defy Community, and Amber Valentino’s biggest fan
“Research can seem daunting in clinical settings where opportunities and resources may be limited; however, practitioners are in a unique position to conduct socially significant research. Valentino provides practical recommendations, exercises, and examples to help develop research repertoires of practitioners. This book may give you confidence to integrate research into practice—enhancing clinical work, improving outcomes for clients, and pushing the field toward a better understanding of behavior.”~Jessica Juanico, PhD, BCBA-D
—Jessica Juanico, PhD, BCBA-D, assistant professor of practice, and assistant director of online programs of applied behavioral science at the University of Kansas
“Valentino makes transparent the spot-on, effective strategies she has used to publish clinical work. I love the conversational style and engaging ‘workbook’ format of the book, as well as the provided examples. This will be required reading for students in my lab to guide their research projects, because it fills a huge void of behavior analytic texts that support clinicians who want to become a published scientist practitioner.”~Stephanie M. Peterson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
—Stephanie M. Peterson, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, professor of psychology and associate dean of the college of arts and sciences at Western Michigan University, and editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice
“In this book, Valentino presents a straightforward, tried-and-true formula for conducing applied research and closing the research-to-practice gap. It is a must-read for any applied researcher, especially those looking to breakout into the research space.”~Matthew T. Brodhead, PhD, BCBA-D
—Matthew T. Brodhead, PhD, BCBA-D, associate professor at Michigan State University
“As a field, we would greatly benefit from more practicing behavior analysts producing research, but there are very real barriers to doing so. Valentino understands these barriers firsthand, and knows how to overcome them. This handbook is a great how-to guide with activities and worksheets that meet the reader wherever their needs are in starting to produce research. You’ll be learning from one of the best with this book!”~Daniel Conine, PhD, BCBA-D
—Daniel Conine, PhD, BCBA-D, assistant professor at Georgia State University
“I had the honor to be mentored by Amber Valentino during my postdoctoral fellowship a few years ago. This book is the ‘book of wisdom’ all postgraduates have been waiting for. Valentino provides a detailed overview of how to design, implement, and publish research with extensive examples that is a breath of fresh air for all practitioners.”~Angelica A. Aguirre, PhD, BCBA-D
—Angelica A. Aguirre, PhD, BCBA-D, assistant professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato