Annual MABA Conference 2015

The Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis presents our

10th Annual Conference: 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Marshall McLuhan Hall, University of Manitoba

66 Chancellors Circle, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 

Scroll down for presenter bios and abstracts.


 Sponsored by the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gina Green, PhD, BCBA-D (Executive Director, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts)

Bio: Dr. Gina Green is Executive Director of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. She has been president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the California Association for Behavior Analysis and on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Her work spans research, practice, and public policies in behavior analysis.

How Reviews of Research Evidence Influence Policies on the Practice of ABA 

Abstract: Many entities conduct reviews of research evidence that are used to set policies on funding for, and sometimes other aspects of, ABA services. Among them are individuals and groups who are employed or commissioned by public and private health plans, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and professional associations. In this presentation, some recent reviews of research on autism interventions are analyzed along several dimensions. Representations of behavior analysis and behavior analytic research in the reports of these review teams are highlighted, and tactics for improving the quality and quantity of such representations in future reviews are suggested.


Invited Speakers

Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, PhD (Director of Sport Psychology Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba)

Bio: Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, a licensed psychologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Manitoba, has a rare combination of both clinical and sport psychology training. She is able to work with athletes to both enhance performance and manage mental wellness as they pursue elite sport. Dr. Leslie-Toogood has extensive experience working with athletes in both Canada and the United States at all levels of performance, she has attended almost every multi-sport games from the Canada Games to the Olympics and Paralympics, and has travelled extensively with a wide range of teams. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented many times at International conferences, and has been a guest for popular media sources. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and an active member of several other professional associations. Prior to returning to Canada, she was a faculty member at Kansas State University where she was the Coordinator of the Curriculum for Student Services in Intercollegiate Athletics and the Athletic Department Liaison.

Sport Psychology Consulting: Area of Application for Behaviour Analysis

Abstract: This presentation will focus on applied practice. Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood will discuss how she works as a sport psychology consultant with individual and team athletes. She will explore concepts popular in the field of sport psychology consulting such as ideal performance state, resilience, confidence and focus. In explaining these areas she will draw on key sport psychology skills including self-talk, imagery and goal-setting. She will connect her practice to behavior analysis and also discuss other theoretical orientations that she draws from such as the transtheoretical model, Carl Rogers and mindfulness. Case examples and stories will be used throughout her presentation.

Dr. Gregg Tkachuk, PhD (Clinical Psychologist, PanAm Pain Clinic)

History and Evolution of Behavioural Pain Psychology: From Operant Conditiong to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

Abstract: A significant development in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain occurred with Fordyce's (1976) description of the role of operant conditioning and the associated development of the multidisciplinary pain clinic. Stimulus equivalence research and Relational Frame Theory signaled the beginnings of further advancement and the eventual establishment of acceptance and commitment therapy, which has been demonstrated to be an empirically supported therapy for chronic pain. In his presentation, Dr. Tkachuk will review the principles of operant conditioning in the context of chronic pain, present an overview of acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain, and provide a review of research supporting the continued use of this approach.

Research Review

Leigh-Ann Jones, MADS/ABA

Fitting-In Social Skills Training Program