COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations for BACB Certificants

In the wake of newly available COVID-19 vaccines, certificants are faced with critical decisions that concern the safety and health of their clients, coworkers, and staff members, among others. To offer guidance on accessing COVID-19 vaccines as a behavior analyst, the BACB has compiled considerations from the American Medical Association and the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts.

To learn more about these considerations, please visit our BACB COVID-19 Updates web page.

 


BACB Board of Directors Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of our recent Board of Directors election: Eric Vici, BCaBA, and Julie Koudys, BCBA-D, were each elected to serve a three-year term on the board. We offer our congratulations to the elected directors and our gratitude to all of the candidates for running. We also extend our thanks to the certificants who participated in this important election.

 


RBT Remote Testing Restrictions Beginning March 1, 2021

When in-person testing was restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BACB sought approval from its accrediting body to participate in an exception program that offered flexibility for RBT candidates by permitting remote testing, with the understanding that additional data collection and security measures would be required. Remote testing became available for the RBT certification program on April 15, 2020.

On March 1, 2021, in response to typical examination-security concerns associated with remote testing, the BACB will begin restricting remote testing in select geographic regions as needed. If remote testing does not appear as an option at the time of examination-appointment scheduling, it is due to these restrictions, and in-person testing will still be available. Visit our BACB COVID-19 Updates web page for more information.

 


New Episode of Inside the BACB: The Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts: Responsibility as a Professional

The BACB is excited to announce the second episode of its ethics-based podcast series titled The Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts. This series delves into and discusses the new Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts, which will go into effect on January 1, 2022. Listen now for a step-by-step analysis of Section 1, Responsibility as a Professional.

2021 Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award

Dr. José Martinez-Diaz Headshot

The BACB annually honors an individual to commemorate the life and contributions of Michael Hemingway, who played a central role in the development of behavior analyst certification in Florida before serving as a founding director of the BACB. Michael’s commitments to the profession of applied behavior analysis and to increasing access to services are reflected in the behavior of the individual who receives this award.

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 recipient of the Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award is the late Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz, BCBA-D (1950-2020). A former member of the BACB Board of Directors, Dr. Martinez-Diaz founded the behavior analysis training programs at Florida Institute of Technology. Through their on-campus and online offerings, Dr. Martinez-Diaz directly influenced thousands of students in their pursuit of education in behavior analysis. Through his professional accomplishments, he fully embodied the spirit and core purpose of applied behavior analysis: improve the lives of others. His teachings were based on a desire to better, strengthen, and grow the practice of behavior analysis to help protect vulnerable populations around the world, and he passed this personal mission on to his many students. In the kind words of his colleagues, peers, and students, he was a visionary, a fighter for justice, a beloved mentor, and a dear friend. We thank you and will miss you, Jose.