Welcome to Behaviorpedia:
Behaviorpedia is intended to provide behavior analysts and consumers of behavior analysis services access to Peer Reviewed Research, Clinical Intervention Examples, General Practice Guidelines and information on the Strength of Evidence for the use of a particular intervention.
Ways to Search Behaviorpedia:
1. Search by name of problem behavior or treatment: Just type the keyword in the search function at the TOP RIGHT HAND part of this (or any) page.
- Items appearing in Red indicate a MAIN page or category- Clicking on the RED brings you to a page with that keywords content (Typically this is more desirable as a search outcome)
- Items in blue indicate that the keyword appears in a document -clicking on the BLUE brings you directly to the document
2. Search general categories or areas of literature: Use the navigation labels/categories on the LEFT HAND part of this (or any) page.
- Clicking on the category will result in the sub-categories appearing this will enable you to determine where you would like to search (more useful for those exploring a content area).
- The final page in any content area is typically the clinical examples page.
What you will find on this site:
- Peer Reviewed Research: Access to high quality research on behavior analytic principles and interventions (and in many cases non-behavior analytically based interventions), so that researchers and applied practitioners can ensure that they are adhering to principles and practices informed by science and evidence. In order to help improve the quality of implementation of our science and develop the pursuit of knowledge, it is vital for all practitioners and researchers to have access to high quality (Peer reviewed) literature and the current thinking with respect to the application of our principles and practices.
- Definitions: Terms, behaviors, and interventions are defined on this site. These definitions are written from the perspective of behavior analysis and represent how the field of behavior analysis views and uses the term. This usage may differ from traditional psychology and from popular culture usage.
- Clinical Intervention Examples: Where practitioners have developed specific skill teaching procedures, behavioral intervention plans to address a particular clinical problem and or any other intervention exemplars that other practitioners may find clinically useful, copies will be uploaded to that content area. This will enable new or less experienced clinicians to benefit from work done by those with more experience and expertise in that topic area.
- General Practice Guidelines: While the application of the principles of behavior analysis to socially significant behavior is still relatively young, the practices and procedures of clinicians must adhere to standard guidelines on how to most effectively and ethically apply behavior analytic principles, practices and procedures to address clinical, behavioral and learning challenges. This section will be developed more fully as the field of behavior matures. At this point only general practice guidelines in the broadest categories of intervention will appear. As our profession grows and develops, where the science can support them, clear statements regarding “Standards of Practice” will be developed using scientifically sound procedures. Once established, they will be located on this site to support broad dissemination of these standards.
- Strength of Evidence: Factual up-to-date information on the empirical support (or lack of it) for the interventions described within this site. This process will be described in more detail in the Empirically Supported Treatments section of the site.
Contribute to this site: In order to maximize the amount of useful content on the site, this searchable database is designed to allow the submission of content by full members of ABAI, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) and those with documented formal behavior analytic training. This submitted content will undergo reviews of both individual articles and/or specific content areas by content area experts to ensure the reliability of the information on the site.
The site structure will allow content area specialist to evaluate content and reviews of research articles submitted by others. In this way the breadth and depth of the site can be rapidly expanded (enhancing utility to practitioner and consumers) while maintaining the clinical integrity of the content.
All submitted content that has been reviewed appears
Additional Functions of Behaviorpedia:
- Identify the broadest range of specific treatment intervention procedures used in the behavior change literature possible.
- Present objective, valid, reliable description of the procedure(s) used to implement each intervention correctly according to its developers/proponents.
- Present an objective, valid, reliable description of the treatment outcome(s) each intervention purports to produce.
- Identify all of the relevant peer reviewed research studies published that claim to evaluate each intervention
- Evaluate each published research study based using the REAF (Research Article Evaluation Form).
- Identify the scope and breath of behavior analytic research findings.
- Identify research areas that have been well documented.
- Identify research areas that need replication, extension and modification.