Behavior Analysis & Diversity: Expanding Our Workforce – A Conversation with Dr. Bridget Taylor & Kirsten Koba-Burdt

By: Dr. Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D
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About this Webinar

In this webinar, we will discuss developments in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the field of behavior analysis. The conversation will focus on practical strategies for ABA service provider organizations to build a diverse talent pipeline and support career advancement for systematically marginalized communities.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will describe how the core principles of the ethics code support increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in ABA provider organizations.
  2. Participants will identify strategies to increase diversity in the ABA workforce.
  3. Participants will identify strategies to be promote equity and inclusion in their workplace.

About the Guest Speaker

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Kristen Koba-Burdt, BCBA, LBA, CDP (she/her)

Director of Clinical Operations for BAYADA, co-leader of DEI SIG for the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP)

Kristen obtained her certification as a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP®) and co-leads the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) special interest group (SIG) for the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). She is fortunate to call Hawaiʻi home, one of the most diverse states in the nation, and serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for BAYADA. Whether in an official capacity or of her own volition, Kristen has tirelessly dedicated numerous hours to advocacy and advancement of the field of applied behavior analysis.

In 2019, Kristen received the Outstanding Sustained Advocacy Award at the Autism Law Summit for her efforts related to consumer access to services, supporting families in rural and underserved areas, and focusing on increasing provider knowledge related to autism policy. She is devoted to supporting underserved communities to access ABA, creating career opportunities for a diverse workforce, and continuing to learn and grow to enhance equity and inclusion in all facets of her work. As a multi-racial, first generation college graduate, much of her work focuses on increasing diversity in our workforce, improving equity within ABA organizations, and supporting advancement and career opportunities for behavior technicians to become behavior analysts.

About the Author

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Executive Director at Alpine Learning Group and Senior Clinical Advisor at Rethink

Dr. Bridget A. Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and is Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor has specialized in the education of children with Autism for over 30 years. She holds a Doctor of Psychology from Rutgers University and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. She is past president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on several editorial boards and the Autism Advisory Group for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

Active in the Autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters, on innovative practices to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation.

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