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Ethics in Functional Analysis: Expert and Novice use of the Functional Analysis Risk Assessment Decision Tool

Stephanie Peterson & Ali Schroeder
In this presentation, risks associated with conducting a functional analysis are discussed and a risk assessment tool developed to evaluate risk is reviewed, including our current research regarding this risk assessment tool. We will also discuss other ethical considerations when conducting a functional analysis.

Presented at the 2022 Michigan Autism Conference

Stephanie M. Peterson, Ph.D., is Professor Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, previously serving as the Chair of the Department of Psychology for 8 years. She earned her doctorate in Special Education at The University of Iowa in 1994. She has served on a variety of editorial boards and is currently the editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice. She also served as a Senior Editor for Education and Treatment of Children for many years. She served two 3-year terms on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and was been appointed by the Governor of Michigan to the Michigan Board of Behavior Analysts, Michigan’s licensing board for behavior analysts. She served as the President of the Board for two years.

Ali Schroeder, M.A., BCBA is a doctoral student in the Behavior Analysis Program in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. She is also a Clinical Supervisor at the Kalamazoo Autism Center.

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