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March 24, 2005
Contact: Ann Fahrbach Branden, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889.

Prominent behavioral scientists to speak at national conference in Lawrence

LAWRENCE -- Nine prominent behavioral scientists with expertise in basic and applied research in topics ranging from autism to adult psychotherapy will attend a national conference hosted by the University of Kansas Department of Applied Behavioral Science on April 1 and 2 at the SpringHill Suites, 1 Riverfront Plaza.

The conference, "Advancing Applied Behavioral Science in Psychology," will address the fundamental importance of integrating modern advances in basic and applied behavioral research and conceptual analysis of solving societal problems in the 21st century. Program topics include autism, community psychology, behavioral pharmacology and toxicology, assessment and treatment of behavior disorders, adult psychotherapy, education, child and youth safety, and gerontology.

The conference culminates with a banquet on the evening of April 2. The banquet will feature keynote speaker Todd Risley, a world-renowned figure in applied behavioral science and a former faculty member in KU's Department of Human Development and Family Life, now called the Department of Applied Behavioral Science.

The conference is intended for professionals, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students concerned with the most recent advances in applied behavioral science. KU Continuing Education units are approved for both psychologists and behavior analysts.

The behavioral scientists who will attend the conference are:

-- Louis D. Burgio, professor of psychology, University of Alabama
-- Gina Green, lecturer, Graduate School of Health and the Department of Special Education, San Diego State University
-- Steven C. Hayes, professor of psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
-- Stephen T. Higgins, professor of psychology and psychiatry, University of Vermont
-- Brian A. Iwata, professor of psychology and psychiatry, University of Florida
-- Raymond G. Miltenberger, professor of psychology, North Dakota State University, Fargo
-- Nancy A. Neef, professor of special education, Ohio State University
-- M. Christopher Newland, professor of psychology, Auburn University
-- Timothy A. Vollmer, associate professor of psychology, University of Florida

Besides the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, other KU organizations sponsoring the conference are the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Psychology, the Graduate School, Schiefelbusch Institute of Life Span Studies, the School of Education, KU Continuing Education, the clinical child psychology program and the Kansas Association of Behavior Analysis.

Media should RSVP to attend by contacting Ann Fahrbach Branden, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889,

For complete details and to register:

Mail: The University of Kansas, Continuing Education, Registrations, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1625
Phone: Toll free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823
Fax: (785) 864-4871
TDD: (800) 766-3777


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