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ABA Distinguished Lecture Series: “Functional Behavioral Analysis: Rebirth of the Medical Model?” with Dr. Brian Iwata

World-renowned behavior analyst Dr. Brian Iwata will be the keynote speaker during the FSU Applied Behavior Analysis conference March 7-8 at FSU Panama City.

Iwata will discuss the history of functional analysis, the experimental analysis of environmental determinants of behavior, during “Functional Behavioral Analysis: Rebirth of the Medical Model?” at 5 p.m. March 7 in the Holley Lecture Hall.

Many professionals, and behavior analysts in particular, have criticized the “medical model” of psychological disorders, which views abnormal behavior as a symptom of underlying personality disturbance. This presentation reviews the historical contribution of the medical model and suggests that its extension to psychological disorders was unsuccessful because a science of behavior did not exist at that time. Drawing examples from psychiatric symptoms, the DSM, self-injurious behavior, ADHD and autism, Iwata will illustrate how functional behavioral assessment has the potential to provide that extension.

“Dr. Iwata is possibly the most well-known and respected behavior analyst in the world,” noted Dr. Al Murphy, who teaches psychology at FSU Panama City.

Iwata is distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Florida. His primary areas of interest are disorders of learning and behavior and research methodology. He has published more than 250 articles and chapters, many focusing on the functional analysis of severe behavior disorders, which is considered the benchmark standard for assessment in our field.

Iwata is the former chief editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, former president of five societies, including the Association for Behavior Analysis, and fellow in four societies. He also was the 2015 recipient of the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

FSU Panama City’s two-day conference will conclude Friday, March 8, with an ABA Job Fair from 10 a.m. to noon. A lunch with panel discussion will be noon to 1 p.m. All events are open to the public. Lunch is free to current FSU students and $15 for the public.

BACB Continuing Education Units will be available through ECABA for $10 per unit. Thursday’s lecture is 1 unit, and Friday’s panel discussion is 1 unit.

For more information, call Dr. Al Murphy at 850-770-2251 or email

Thursday, March 7 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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