VKC Conversation Series: ‘Centering Autistic Perspectives in Applied Behavior Analysis’ Oct. 20

Centering Autistic Perspectives in Applied Behavior Analysis

Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT
Online – Register with the link below

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the most common therapy service provided to autistic children. In this discussion, our presenters will first describe ABA. They will then discuss reasons some people may not support ABA as a service for autistic people. Finally, they will focus on ways ABA can improve, especially with community-informed approaches.

This virtual series is designed with family members and caregivers, disability self-advocates, and other community members in mind. The presenters will use accessible, easy-to-understand language and will answer questions from the viewing audience.


  • Jeff Neul, M.D., Ph.D. (moderator), Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and director, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center; professor of pediatrics, Division of Neurology, Pharmacology and Special Education
  • Pablo Juárez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA., co-director, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (VKC TRIAD); director of behavioral analysis, Division of Developmental Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; senior associate in pediatrics, psychiatry and behavioral sciences and special education
  • Adithyan Rajaraman, Ph.D. BCBA-D, LBA, assistant professor of pediatrics; director of behavior analysis research, VKC TRIAD
  • Mari Cerda, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA, trauma-informed board-certified behavior analyst; co-founder, The LEAP (Lighthouse for Equitable Access and Practices) Institute

Register for the Zoom link here >>

About the Series

The VKC Conversations Series on Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is designed to share research in plain, accessible language with the community while fielding questions from the audience. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about VKC research to attend this event.

The VKC welcomes participants with disabilities. Contact for disability access information.