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VKC Conversation Series on Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: "Centering Autistic Perspectives in Applied Behavior Analysis"

Date: October 20, 2022

Time: 5:30PM to 6:30PM

Location: Online - register for Zoom link

VKC Conversation Series on Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Centering Autistic Perspectives in Applied Behavior Analysis
Thursday, October 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

The VKC Conversation Series on Research in Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities is designed to share research in plain, accessible language with the community while fielding questions from the audience. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about VKC research to attend this event.

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most common therapy service provided to autistic children. In this discussion, our presenters will first describe ABA. They will then discuss reasons some people may not support ABA as a service for autistic people. Finally, they will focus on ways ABA can improve, especially with community-informed approaches.

During this conversation, VKC researchers and guests will also answer questions from the viewing audience in real time.


  • Jeff Neul, M.D., Ph.D. (Moderator), Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and Director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, Pharmacology, and Special Education
  • Pablo Ju├írez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA., Co-Director, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD); Director of Behavioral Analysis, Division of Developmental Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Senior Associate in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, & Special Education
  • Adithyan Rajaraman, Ph.D. BCBA-D, LBA, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Director of Behavior Analysis Research, VKC TRIAD
  • Mari Cerda, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA, Trauma-Informed Board-Certified Behavior Analyst; Co-Founder, The LEAP (Lighthouse for Equitable Access and Practices) Institute

Register for the Zoom link here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IQ8Sp2JkSASGEbOcC6lqeg

The VKC welcomes participants with disabilities. Contact kc@vumc.org for disability access information.

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).