Welcome to Behaviorbabe
Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Welcome to Behaviorbabe

Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society, as measured by the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges.

Talking to our children about racism and discrimination is as necessary as it is uncomfortable for most parents (especially white parents). Necessary because racial bias in children starts as early as from the age of 3; uncomfortable because it means we have to address our own racial biases, too. These multicultural children’s books are a selection of picture books and novels about the past and the present. They can be helpful for talking to your children (Elementary to High School) about racism and its devastating consequences.

An Anti-racist, Black-Affirming, Black Liberation Uplifting Training by Denisha Gingles, MS, BCBA, LBA (NY&MD) This conversation is a special episode. Given the current events that occurred with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Abery and the countless Black and Brown folks who have been murdered by state sanctioned violence. We discuss the events from a personal perspective as well as a leadership perspective. This show is for EVERYONE, behavior analyst and non-behavior analyst. We review the difference between trauma, racial trauma, and collective trauma. We also give ideas for organizations to show up for their employees.

The purpose of this organization includes, but is not limited to, providing a platform for minorities to have access to the field of ABA, provide awareness to minorities regarding common diagnosis of mental and behavioral health which will aim to desensitize common misconceptions, provide resources and cultural competence training to health care professionals in the field of behavior analysis as well as other professionals who make an impact on the success of individuals with disabilities, and to conduct further research that will increase the practical knowledge and application of ABA.

This will be the first ABA Task Force meeting to eradicate social injustices. This first meeting is open to all individuals in the field interested in taking action and steps towards making socially significant changes. The purpose of this meeting is to develop sub-task forces worldwide so that members can use the principles of behavior analysis to address socially significant issues such as racism, discrimination, etc.

I don’t want to hear “I can’t believe this.” I want you to read up on the history you’ve had the privilege to ignore. I don’t want your opinions or thoughts. I want you to listen to the Black experiences you’ve chosen to forget.

In this episode, Dr. Antonio Harrison discusses with Dr. Kelly difficult topic such as diversity, discrimination, and debating divorce with ones own dream. Dr. Harrison discusses his “Open Letter to Behavior Analysis”, including his ideas on how we can effectively evolve and expand our reach as behavior scientists. 

Dr. Harrison’s “Open Letter to Behavior Analysis” 
There are some incredible books available to teach us about race, race relations, history, and progress. For those who actually want to learn, to get woke, and to stay educated, these books are downright essential and helpful. Many of us are parents, and if we’re going to change the tide for future generations, we have to tackle race head-on instead of evading it or pretending we are, as many white people have told me, all-one-race-the-human-race.
Traditionally, the field of ABA has been led by white males and the bulk of practitioners within the field are of white (men and women). Walking into these conferences, I understand I am within the minority and it has never been something I have been ok with. How is it that African Americans are not seeking out careers within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis? How is it that African Americans are not attending nationals’ conferences? How is it that conversations are being held with groups that are not diverse?