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1. To bring a behavioral-developmental thrust to Behavior Analysis

This includes bringing in people from outside of traditional behavior analysis and forming collaborations with them.

2. To bring behavior-developmental analysis to the wider world of psychology, evolution, economics, etc.

So far there have been a number of means. The Development and Behavior Analysis SIG of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABA) completed its six year of scheduling a portion of the ABA annual Program. Many of the participants are from outside of ABA. We have scheduled not only invited addresses and symposia but panel discussions and debates on key issues such as moral development, stages, biological basis of behavior. We share our newsletter widely with other developmentalists. We also organize programs in other organizations, such as AME (Association of Moral Education), APA (American Psychological Association), EPA (Eastern Psychological Association), ISIS (International Society of Infant Studies), SMAC (The Mexican Association of Behavioral Analysis), SRAD (Society for Research in Adult Development, SRCD (Society for Research in Child Development), that present accomplishments, findings, issues and theory in Behavioral Development.


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At the 1989 Association for Behavior Analysis convention at Nashville, TN, Jacob L. Gewirtz filed papers for a new Special Interest Group. In 1990, in San Francisco, Jacob L. Gewirtz and Martha Pelaez-Nogueras (along with minor help from Michael Lamport Commons) founded the Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (DABASIG). The new members decided to put on an extensive program each year. Jacob Gewirtz became President and Program chair. Martha Pelaez-Nogueras became Newsletter Editor. Michael Lamport Commons became secretary. In 1995, Martha became Treasurer.

In 1992 we established the following positions:

  • Chair of the Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
  • Treasurer of the Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
  • Behavioral Development Newsletter Associate editors
  • Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group Program Coordinators
  • Development and Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group Board Members.

By 1996 in San Francisco, DABASIG has put on 25 programs including a business meeting and a dinner. It also has put programs on at APA and ISIS and other organizations. A large number of presenters come from outside of ABA.

The Behavioral Developmental Bulletin was established by Martha Pelaez-Nogueras. It began as the Newsletter "Behavior Development" It was to be at least twice yearly newsletter and contain refereed short articles as well as news. The Newsletter published announcements, bibliography, reviews, short papers, requests, letters, commentaries, etc. The newsletter had a peer-reviewed short-article section. Many people read the newsletter, and it was a good way to get other to know about your work. This is one way Sig communicates with mainstream developmental psychologists.

The Behavioral Developmental Bulletin became a journal and, in 2009, joined the Behavior Analysis on-line group of journals. In 1990, Michael Markham became an Associate Editor for two years. The Editorial Advisors included Jacob L. Gewirtz and Michael Commons.

On June 5, 2000, Michael Lamport Commons established a listserv for the sig.

Here is a video of a visit from B. F. Skinner in 1998, with M. Commons, J. Gewirtz, M. Pelaez, and students.

Editorial Board

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Michael Lamport Commons, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
234 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138-1328
Martha Pelaez-Nogueras, Ph.D.
Frost Professor
Department of Leadership & Professional Studies
College of Arts, Science, & Education, 242B
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Cory David Barker
Department of Mathematical Information Technology
University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä, Finland


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Eeva Kallio, Ph.D.
Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER)
University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä, Finland
University of Tampere
Tampere, Finland
James Meredith Day, A.B., Ed.M., Ph.D., CTM.
Universite Catholique de Louvain
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
José Ferreira Alves, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Psychology
University of Minho
Braga, Portugal
Sagun Giri
Ph.D. Student
Learning, Design, and Technology Program
Department of Education
Pennsylvania State University
301 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Carl R. Oliver, Ph.D.
Management Department
College of Business Administration
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
1 LM Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Patrice Marie Miller, Ed.D.
Department of Psychology
Salem State University
Salem, MA 01970
Sara Nora Ross, Ph.D.
Independent Researcher
Adjunct Faculty
Antioch University
Chief Executive Officer
Neurotricional Sciences Education Pty Ltd (Queensland)
Nancy Nordmann, Ph.D.
National Louis University
122 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Hudson Golino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Virginia
1023 Millmont Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Michael D. Hixson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Certified School Psychologist (MI)
Director of School Psychology Programs
224 Sloan Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Oliver Robinson, M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling
University of Greenwich
Park Row, London SE10 9LS, UK
Robert K. Ross, Ed.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Senior Vice President of Treatment Efficacy and Graduate Education
Beacon ABA Services
321 Fortune Blvd.
Milford MA 01757
Joanna Gonsalves, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Salem State University
Salem, MA 01970
Albert Erdynast, D.B.A.
Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Psychology
BA Program in Liberal Studies
Antioch University Los Angeles
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230-7615
Mansi J Shah, MA.
Long Island University
Dare Association, Inc.
234 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02135
Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Leonard Miller
Jessica Dudek, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Boom, J Jan, Ph.D.
Robert A. Miller, Dr.P.H.
Consultant in Public Health
Miley Duong
Zhang, Xiulan, Ph.D.
Jeanne Speckman, Ph.D.

Faith Miller
Christopher Joaquim, Ph.D.
Jennifer Longano, Ph.D.
Richard Goldberg