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Research Ethics Grand Rounds Panel Discussion: "Ethical Applied Behavior Analysis in Practice"

Date: February 24, 2022

Time: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Location: Online - Register for Zoom link

Event Flyer: 2.24.22 vkc-research-ethics-gr.pdf

Research Ethics Grand Rounds Panel Discussion: Ethical Applied Behavior Analysis in Practice
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, 12-1 p.m. CT

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has become a ubiquitous service for children with disabilities, particularly those with autism. While proponents of the practice of ABA point to the potential benefits of participating in ABA treatment, there are a growing set of concerns regarding ABA, including ethical concerns raised my multiple self-advocates, advocates, and advocacy groups. In this Ethics Grand Rounds, the panelists will share a background of the controversies surrounding ABA, the challenges facing fieldwide quality improvement, as well as a responsive approach to the practice in which community feedback and input is pivotal to ethical progress of the practice.


  • A. Pablo Juarez, M.Ed., BCBA, Co-Director, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD); Senior Associate in Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Special Education
  • John Staubitz, M.Ed., BCBA, TRIAD Behavior Consultation Coordinator; Behavioral/Educational Consultant
  • Zachary J. Williams, B.S.,autistic self-advocate and Vanderbilt M.D./Ph.D. candidate
  • Amy Weitlauf, Ph.D. (Moderator), Associate Professor of Pediatrics; TRIAD Associate Director of Research

For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).