ABA Visiting Scholar 2024

The University of Washington Applied Behavior Analysis Visiting Scholar program presents:

Michele D. Wallace, Ph.D., BCBA-D
"Roots to Revolution: Exploring the Legacy of Functional Analysis Methodology and Its Exciting Future!"


3 BACB, Learning CEUs

Where: Foege Auditorium - University of Washington
3720 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

When: 9:30AM - 12:30PM

The efficacy of behavior analytic services is dependent on the ability to predict and control the future occurrence of behavior, irrespective of trying to teach, modify, or reduce a particular behavior.  To do so, one must identify the environmental variables of which behavior is a function, in the words of B. F. Skinner a “functional analysis” (Skinner, 1953).  A methodology to accomplish this goal with respect to interfering behavior not only has strong roots but has evolved over the last 42 years.  This presentation will explore this legacy of evolution and will provide a window into not only evidence-based practice in the assessment of interfering behavior but will provide a selection tool to guide practitioners on how to join the revolution to guarantee an exciting future.


Dr. Michele Wallace earned her doctorate from the University of Florida in 2000 in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.  She is a Full Professor, the Master of Science in Counseling Option in Applied Behavior Analysis Program Coordinator, and the Program Coordinator and Coach for the Success Program in the Early Entrance Program at California State University, Los Angeles.  Dr. Wallace is also the Research Director at the Center for Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Consultant for Merakey. Dr. Wallace has served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; as a guest associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Development, and Behavior Analysis in Practice; and as a reviewer for School Psychology Review, Education and Treatment of Children, Journal of Behavioral Education, Journal of Behavioral Health & Medicine, Behavioral Interventions, Child and Youth Care Forum, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Behavior Analysis Research and Practice.  She is a current member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the California Association for Behavior Analysis.  Dr. Wallace is the past president of the California Association for Behavior Analysis.  She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the State of Florida since 1993 and a National Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2000.  Dr. Wallace provides consultation locally, across the United States, and internationally.  Dr. Wallace is one of the authors of a premier textbook in behavior analysis (Behavior Analysis for Lasting Change), the first author of an introductory textbook (Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis for Behavior Therapists and Other Practitioners), and co-author of a behavioral consultation book (Behavioral Consulting Improving Client and Consultee Learning and Behavior) and a book on the use of a behavioral approach for preventing problem behavior (Preventing Problematic Behavior in the Home, in School, and at Work).  She has over fifteen first-authored publications, thirty-seven co-authored publications, and over 330 presentations.  Her current research interests are related to the refinement of assessment and treatment methodologies with respect to behavior problems, parent and staff training, supervision, the acquisition of verbal behavior, and real-world application of applied behavior analysis.