In the field of behavior analysis, delineations often are drawn between basic research and applied research, experimental analysis of behavior and applied behavior analysis, and laboratory behavior analysis and clinical behavior analysis. Indeed, there are separate scientific journals for each specialization, dedicated tracks at professional conferences for each topic, and so forth; it is easy to understand why behavior analysts may work in a siloed manner. However, collaboration between the two sides of the behavior analysis coin is encouraged by credentialing bodies and professional organizations in the field. As an example, the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (2020) specifies that BCBAs and BCaBAs must "provide services that are conceptually consistent with behavioral principles, based on scientific evidence," and the BCBA/BCaBA Task List (5th ed.) (2017) dedicates an entire section to “basic” or "foundational” concepts and principles. In this dynamic presentation, Dr. Vanessa Minervini, a basic researcher, and Dr. Sarah Mead Jasperse, an applied researcher and BCBA-D, will talk about the lessons they’ve learned from and taught each other over the past ten years of their friendship and different career phases. The session will cover topics such as clinical questions that can be answered by basic research, how basic research can be driven by clinical need, and practical tips for applied behavior analysts who want to engage more with basic research.
2 free BACB Learning CEUs