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

This Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Research Ethics Grand Rounds Panel Discussion was presented on February 24, 2022.

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 Juárez, 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

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