Centering Autistic Perspectives in Applied Behavior Analysis

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This Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Conversation Series on Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was presented on October 20, 2022.

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

Last Updated: 11/4/2022 2:01:25 PM

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