Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice SIG: Current Events

The Sex Therapy and Educational Programming Special Interest Group (STEP SIG) has a new name!  Members chose the name Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice to give a more all-encompassing representation of the work members of this SIG are doing!  We also hope the name change will invite new members.


Summer of 2014 marks the seventh consecutive year of the SIG’s activities with the Association for Behavior Analysis, International, and the third year that our SIG will present two symposia at the conference!

We are still a group devoted to researching sexual behavior, as well as promoting empirically verified sex education and sex therapy practices, areas that have traditionally been under-addressed in behavior analysis.  Membership is open to all members of Association for Behavior Analysis, International (ABAI) who are interested in and/or actively engaged in applied behavior analytic work related to sexuality, sex education, or sex research.


We are holding several events at this year’s ABAI conference.  On Saturday, May 24th, members of the Sexual Behavior SIG will present a poster at the ABAI Expo from 8:00pm to 10:30pm in room W375A-D (poster #83).


On Sunday, May 25th, we will present a symposium entitled “Analysis of Sexual Behavior in Research” in room W184d from 3:00pm to 3:50pm.  It will include the following presentations:  “Effects of an Educational Intervention on Adult Participants’ Implicit and Explicit Attitudes about Female Sexual Assault Survivorsby Brigid McCormick, Fawna Stockwell, and Diana Walker, “Analysis of Prompt Salience and Condom Type on the Number of Condoms Taken in a Gay Barby Nicolas Schreiber, Fawna Stockwell, and Diana Walker, and “Growing a Friendship between LGBTQ and ABA: A Social Justice Approach to Practice and Research” by Sela Ann Sanberg, Fawna Stockwell, and Matt Gibson.


Immediately following, we will present a symposium entitled “Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Behaviors,” also in room W184d from 4:00pm to 4:50pm.  It will include the following presentations: “The Analysis of ‘Aberrant’ Sexual Behavior in Persons with Disabilities; A Continuation of Sexual Education Researchby Jessie Cooperkline and Brigid McCormick, Effects of a DRA and FCT on Decreasing Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors in an Adult with Autismby Anthony Russo, Kevin Schneider, and Brigid McCormick, and “The Dos and Don’ts of Sex Ed” by Lorraine Bologna, Brigid McCormick, and Allison Hoff.


Also on Sunday, May 25th, we will hold the Sexual Behavior SIG business meeting from 6:00pm to 6:50pm in room W183c.  Please join us for any and all of these events!






This piece was originally published as a part of the Summer 2014 SBRP SIG Newsletter.

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