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Ever feel lonely reading a research article? Do you crave colleagues to discuss, ask questions, and check your understanding of the study?

Animal Behavior Research Readers is a new guided reading group hosted by Behavior Works for animal professionals and behavior analysts who want to enhance their understanding of the application of the science of behavior change, with a focus on animal behavior.

Members will read research and other seminal articles related to hot topics in animal learning and attend monthly meetings to discuss each article with a community of professionals. Build your research review skills by receiving expert guidance and critical analysis from group facilitator Dr. Christy Alligood.

You are eligible for membership if you have taken any research methods course, including an undergraduate or graduate level college course, or Behavior Works’ How Research Works course.

Register a 3-month, membership for $120. Meetings are held once per month. Each three-month session will have a theme, with a focus on crossing species and scientific disciplines to broaden our learning.

Eligible for 3.5 BACB Learning CEUs per meeting.

Which course is right for you?

If you are looking to discuss research and foundational concepts with colleagues, check out Animal Behavior Research Readers, a discussion group with monthly meetings. Membership is renewable quarterly with a new theme each quarter.

If you are looking to build competency in evaluating primary research on behavior change in individuals, check out How Research Works, an 8 week course with weekly class meetings.

Fall 2023 Session:
September 26, October 24, and November 21, 2023
3:00-5:00pm Pacific Time

Behind every successful animal is a well-trained human: how to get there

For this session, we will be reading about organizational behavior management strategies that are relevant whether you are training animal caregivers or managing animal care staff in any setting.

  1. Wilder, D.A., Austin, J., and Casella, S. (2009). Applying behavior analysis in organizations: Organizational Behavior Management. Psychological Services 3: 202-211
  2. Howard, V.J. and DiGennaro Reed, F.D. (2015). An evaluation of training procedures for animal shelter volunteers. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management 35: 296-320
  3. Vergason, C.M. and Gravina, N.E. (2020). Using a guest- and confederate-delivered token economy to increase employee-guest interactions at a zoo. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 53: 422-430

For questions about eligibility or to register, please contact Dr. Christy Alligood.


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