Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 440–451 | Cite as

Spreading the News: History, Successes, Challenges and the Ethics of Effective Dissemination

  • Michelle P. KellyEmail author
  • Neil Martin
  • Karola Dillenburger
  • Amanda N. Kelly
  • Megan M. Miller
Discussion and Review Paper


Behavior analysts are responsible for disseminating behavior analysis by making information about the science available to the public, professional peers, and government officials. The purposes of the current paper are to outline the dissemination efforts of professional associations in the field of behavior analysis; to highlight the parallel efforts to disseminate and establish behavior analysis as a profession, including the evolution and growth of certification; to share examples of dissemination successes; to describe some challenges that have been faced when disseminating behavior analysis internationally; and to suggest some strategies for ethical and effective dissemination of behavior analysis.


International dissemination Ethics Associations Certification 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle P. Kelly
    • 1
    Email author
  • Neil Martin
    • 2
  • Karola Dillenburger
    • 3
  • Amanda N. Kelly
    • 4
  • Megan M. Miller
    • 5
  1. 1.Emirates College for Advanced EducationAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Behavior Analyst Certification BoardLittletonUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Behaviour AnalysisQueen’s University BelfastBelfastNorthern Ireland
  4. 4.University of West FloridaHawai’i CohortUSA
  5. 5.Navigation Behavioral Consulting, LLCVirginia BeachUSA

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