Gaining an understanding of our own bias is critical in moving us forward towards increased equity. This talk will focus on understanding our implicit biases through a proposed behavior analytic framework. Instead of considering implicit biases as “good” or “bad,” we will seek to understand how biases become learned. Literature focusing on implicit biases and self-reflection will be reviewed, and we will discuss measures behavior analytic organizations have taken to date towards diversity equity, and inclusion. The speaker will share her own observed biases and will investigate how to engage in behaviors that will alter our instructional history towards a broader cultural evolution of equity and social justice. Self-reflection protocols will be reviewed. It should be noted that the discussion presented here may be highly sensitive; audience participation is strongly encouraged

Learning Objectives

  1. Analyze actions taken by major behavior analytic organizations towards equity
  2. Describe a proposed behavior analytic framework surrounding the formation of implicit biases
  3. Identify ways to alter our learning history as related to our own implicit bias
  4. Discuss behavioral strategies towards systemic change as related to social justice
  5. Review protocols to engage in self-reflections as related to ur work as researchers and clinicians

About the Presenter

Noor Syed
Noor Syed, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA/LBS (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis, Clinical Coordinator, and founding Director of the Center for Autism Inclusivity (Research, Education, and Services) with SUNY Empire State College. She is also the Research Coordinator for the Global Autism Project and an Adjunct Advisor in Applied Behavior Analysis with Endicott College. She is a certified general and special education teacher in New York, U.S., birth through grade six. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Syed has worked with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities from early intervention through adulthood in school and center-based settings as a teacher, therapist, consultant, and administrator. Dr. Syed has consulted for autism clinics around the world, including in Uganda, India, Romania, Antigua and Barbuda, and Indonesia, and currently serves as the international and school-based expert on with Dr. Jon Bailey. Most recently, she assisted in building Lehigh University Autism Services and its corresponding practicum, which is an insurance and university-based program offering services in the home, community, and clinic. Dr. Syed’s interests lie in compassionate care, cultural humility, ethical practices, supervision, the practice of school-based BCBAs, and diversity. She received her undergraduate degree in ABA under Dr. Raymond G. Romanczyk in the Institute of Child Development at Binghamton University and completed her PhD in ABA with Dr. R. Douglas Greer at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Course information

  • Title: Self-reflection, implicit bias, accountability in ABA
  • Presenter: Noor Syed Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
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