March 11, 2004

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Contact: Lynn Anderson, Continuing Education, (785) 864-7875.

'Behavior vaccines' to be topic of keynote at KU behavior analysis conference

LAWRENCE -- The founder of a behavioral prevention practice known as PeaceBuilders and the Good Behavior Game will return to his alma mater next month for the University of Kansas-sponsored conference for the Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dennis D. Embry, president and chief executive officer of the PAXIS Institute in Tucson, Ariz., will give the keynote address on behavior "vaccines" at the April 3 "Applied Behavior Analysis across Kansas" conference in the Dole Human Development Center at KU.

Embry, who earned three degrees at KU between 1972 and 1981, works with state and local governments, private industry and nonprofit groups to adapt and design evidence-based programs for community or statewide implementation.

Other conference presentations will cover behavior support interventions in urban middle schools, classwide peer tutoring in early reading, applications of functional analysis, acceptance and commitment therapy, and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

The conference will include a poster session and special-interest group meetings. A discounted registration fee is available for students. For a full conference agenda and registration, call toll free (877) 404-5823 or visit

The conference is sponsored by the KU Department of Human Development, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Continuing Education.


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