Our latest BACB CE Opportunity

Service Dog Training: Applications of Behavior Analytic Technologies with Canine and Handler

1.0 Learning BACB CE (0.0 Ethics/Supervision BACB CE)


Presenter - Rachel S. Potter, BCBA-D, LBA, IBA


Abstract - The principles of learning and behavior apply to all organisms. In this session, we will explore how the principles of operant conditioning apply to one particular model for service dog training. This session will also review how behavior analytic principles were used to teach new handlers the skills needed for their role, and how experienced handlers were assessed for skills maintenance



  1. Session attendees will identify the core principles of operant conditioning that are used in service dog training (with particular attention given to shaping and schedules of reinforcement).

  2. Session attendees will understand how behavior analytic strategies can be used to teach service dog handlers (initial instruction and skills maintenance).

  3. Session attendees will use visual inspection of data to draw conclusions regarding canine and handler skill development."

Mission Statement:

To disseminate the science of human behavior to the public at large, through the use of easy to understand explanations.  Our goal is to promote behavior analysis in a positive and accurate light, to help society realize the potential of our science. 

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Meet the DBA Board:

Chair: Dr. John O'Neill
Dr. John O'Neill is the Founder of the Contextual Behavioral Science Institute. He is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D); has published various works including book chapters, peer-reviewed research, and professional magazine articles; participated in local, regional, national, and international conferences; and presented his police academy training research alongside the President of the United States of America.
Vice Chair: Dr. Maggie Pavone
Maggie Pavone: Dr. Pavone, BCBA, LBA is an assistant professor and the program chair for the MA and EDS in Behavior Analysis degrees at Lindenwood University. Her current research interests include dissemination of the pragmatic science of human behavior, open educational resources in ABA, performance management/diagnostics, and behavior analytic approaches to changing eating and exercise behaviors.
Treasurer: Lesley Shawler
Lesley Shawler, Ph.D., BCBA has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for over 13 years with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She recently graduated with her Ph.D in applied behavior analysis from Endicott College under the supervision of Dr. Caio Miguel and Dr. Michael Dorsey. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute / Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she works with families and children with severe b
Events: Gloria Yang
Meet our Events Chair, Gloria Yang: Gloria is currently a Clinical Director at an organization that provides services for developmental disabilities. She graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology and completed her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She currently lives in the SF Bay Area where she pursues her passion in the dissemination of compassionate, ethical, and quality clinical care.
Secretary: Salena Schilling
Salena Schilling, MA BCBA, has been in the field since 2010, primarily in clinical work with adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her interests and research are always expanding. She has had a variety of leadership positions outside of the field and is excited to bring her passion to the arena she enjoys so much.
Social Media: Williams Espericueta Luna
Williams Espericueta Luna is currently a graduate student within the Master of Science in Behavior Analysis program at the University of North Texas. One of his favorite behavior analytic activities is teaching others about behavior analysis, it’s principles, and how behavior analysis can help make the world a better place. Mr. Espericueta Luna is excited to bring the same level of enthusiasm to the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group.
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