The 2023 Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award

Each year, the BACB honors an individual with the Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award 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 member of the BACB Board of Directors. Michael’s commitments to the profession of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and to increasing access to services are reflected in the behavior of the individual who receives this award.

Jane S. Howard, PhD, BCBA-D

We are pleased to announce that the 2023 recipient of the Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award is Jane S. Howard, PhD, BCBA-D. Dr. Howard is the chief executive officer and cofounder of Therapeutic Pathways, an organization that provides ABA services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Howard was a member of the psychology faculty at California State University, Stanislaus from 1987 through 2014, where she trained graduate students in psychology and special education. In addition to her contributions to service delivery and university training, Dr. Howard has served the profession in numerous important leadership positions. She served on the BACB Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015 and served as its president from 2012 to 2015. During this time, she was the chief architect of the first set of nationally influential practice guidelines for ABA treatment of ASD. Dr. Howard later served on the Board of Directors of The Council of Autism Service Providers from 2016 to 2022 and was one of the organization’s founders. Dr. Howard also published important research demonstrating that the critical feature of effective behavioral treatment for young children with ASD is its behavioral characteristics and not its intensity (Howard et al., 2005; 2014). We are grateful to Dr. Howard for her many important contributions, which have greatly benefitted our science, our profession, and the clients we serve.

Now Available: The March 2023 BACB Newsletter

We are excited to announce the publication of the March 2023 BACB Newsletter. This issue includes tips for avoiding test-preparation scams, resources for BACB intellectual property use, important ethics communications, and more.

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JOBM Now Available to BCBAs and BCaBAs

We are excited to announce that BCBAs and BCaBAs now have access to the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (JOBM) through the Resources tab in their BACB accounts. JOBM is the leading outlet for research on organizational behavior management. Recent topics that appear in the journal include behavioral managerial training, teaching supervision skills, and the functional assessment of employee performance problems, among others. We hope that you find this new resource useful!

Now Available: A Summary of Ethics Violations and Code-Enforcement Activities: 2019–2021

This report summarizes common BACB ethics violations from 2019–2021 and the code-enforcement measures taken to uphold the BACB’s mission of consumer protection. Supervisors, organizations, and others can use these data for training purposes, creating policies and procedures, and more.

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US Employment Demand for Behavior Analysts: 2010–2022

The BACB used the Labor Insight™ database from Lightcast™ to assess US employment demand for behavior analysts from 2010–2022 and demand by state from the past 12 months. The report reveals strong and increasing demand for behavior analysts throughout the US.

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2023 BACB Board of Directors Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of our recent Board of Directors election: Sarah Richling, BCBA-D, was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board. We offer our congratulations to Dr. Richling and extend our gratitude to the candidates for running. Thank you to all of the certificants who participated in this important election.

We also wish to congratulate and thank Adel Najdowski, BCBA-D, and Florence DiGennaro Reed, BCBA-D, who were both appointed by the Board to serve a second term.

New Blog: How to Represent Your BACB Certification Status

Start the year off right by ensuring that you’re properly representing your BACB certification status. To learn why it’s so important, how to do it, and more, read our latest blog post, How to Represent Your BACB Certification Status.

BACB Data and Developments in 2022

New year, new data. Review this collection of important BACB milestones in 2022, and remember—we couldn’t have done it without you. Here’s to another bright year ahead.

Now Available: 2021 BCBA and BCaBA Examination Pass Rates for Verified Course Sequences

The BACB has compiled 2021 pass rates for first-time BCBA and BCaBA examination candidates in university training programs with ABAI Verified Course Sequences. The data are sorted alphabetically by university, by the percentage of passing candidates, and by the volume of candidates from a given program.

PsycInfo Database Now Available to BCBAs and BCaBAs

We recently added the PsycInfo database to the ProQuest search engine available to BCBAs and BCaBAs through the Resources tab in their BACB accounts. In addition to the ERIC database, ProQuest now pulls from PsycInfo, the most comprehensive database for psychology and behavioral sciences. BCBAs and BCaBAs can now more effectively search for literature on a particular topic.