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Shawn Quigley: A Discussion of Historical and Contemporary Functional Analysis Procedures

October 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Functional analysis procedures are often attributed to seminal work by Iwata and colleagues (1982/1994). This and subsequent work has guided assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior (Beavers, Iwata, & Lerman 2013; Hanley, Iwata, & McCord, 2003). It has also spurred many iterations of functional analytic procedures as divergent clinical needs have been encountered (e.g., Bloom, Iwata, Fritz, Roscoe, & Carreau, 2011; Potoczak, Carr, & Michael, 2007; Wacker et al., 2013). Many of these iterations follow similar procedures for analyzing the relationship between responses and environmental variables. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss historical applications of the term “functional analysis.” The discussion will highlight multiple variations of functional analytic procedures, specifically procedures that deviate from mainstream functional analysis procedures (i.e., Iwata et al., 1982/1994).

Biography: Dr. Shawn Quigley is the Senior Director of Clinical Services at Melmark, PA. He earned his doctorate degree in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University. He completed a post-doctoral psychology fellowship with the University of New Mexico Medical Group, and later served as the Manager of Behavior Services. Having actively taught and supervised graduate students at multiple universities, Dr. Quigley has supported the profession of applied behavior analysis through service on editorial review boards; publishing research; being active with regional and national service groups (i.e., currently a board member for Autism SIG and president of the Ethics SIG); and serving as a subject matter expert for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board ®.


Join the MSU College of Education for this discussion that has been designed to benefit:

  • Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBAs)
  • Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analysts (BCaBAs)

The following continuing education credits will be provided:

  • Free Type II CEUs will be available for Board Certified Behavior Analysts ® and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts ®


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