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APBS Podcast

Episode 12: Applied Behavior Analysis & Positive Behavior Support: So Happy Together with Dr. Rose Iovannone and Dr. Jodie Soracco

September 30, 2023

In this podcast episode,  Dr. Jodie Soracco interviews Dr. Rose Ivannone about the current relationship between positive behavior support and behavior analysis. Listen to hear more about historical perspectives and where the two are headed.

Episode 11: Integrated Multi- Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) with Drs. Goodman & McIntosh

February 2, 2023

In this episode co-hosts of the APBS Podcast, Muna Khalif and Tanya Misgen, conduct an interview with our guest speaker, Drs. Goodman and McIntosh. 

Together in 2016, Drs. Goodman and McIntosh co-authored the book Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Blending RTI and PBIS. The book’s purpose is to combine the response to intervention (RTI) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) models into a single multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Join us in this episode as your APBS podcast hosts Muna Khalif and Tanya Misgen talk with the book’s authors.

Dr. Steve Goodman, is a partner with the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and a co-investigator with the Integrated MTSS Research Network. Dr. Goodman was the previous director of Michigan’s Multi-tiered System of Supports Technical Assistance Center. He serves on state, national, and international advisory boards for the implementation of MTSS. Dr. Goodman is currently on the Board of Directors for the Association for Positive Behavior Support. Dr. Goodman has contributed to over 50 publications and has presented across the nation and in eight other countries on PBIS and the integration of multi-tiered frameworks.

Dr. Kent McIntosh, is Philip H. Knight Chair of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he is also Director of the Educational and Community Supports research unit. He serves as a co-director for the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Dr. McIntosh is the lead developer of the research-validated School-Wide Universal Behavior Sustainability Index: School Teams (SUBSIST). His current research focuses on the implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions—in particular, integrated academic and behavior RTI systems—and equity in school discipline. He has authored 98 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.

Episode 10: Equity and Inclusion in APBS, an Interview with Drs. Don Kincaid and Erika Leslie McDowell

December 16, 2022

In this episode, Tanya Misgen, co-host of the APBS podcast, along with Drs. Don Kincaid and Erika McDowell, discusses the topic of equity and inclusion within APBS and more broadly as it relates to the positive behavior support framework. Dr. Don Kincaid (referred to as Dr. D in the episode) is the current president of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS); he has been involved with APBS since 2006 in a variety of roles. Dr. Kincaid is a professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida as well as the Director of The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He is involved in a variety of Positive Behavior Support Projects that integrate school-based positive behavior interventions and support within a multi-tiered support system framework. Dr. Kincaidis actively involved in systems change efforts at a local, state, and national level to support the implementation of evidence-based practices. Dr. Erika L. McDowell (referred to as Dr. E in this episode) is a former NJ governor’s award recipient and honors graduate of Howard University and New York University. Dr. McDowellcurrently is an Equity Steward at Wildflower Schools. She earned her EdD from Drexel University in Educational Leadership and Management, in May 2020. Dr. McDowell received the Association for Positive Behavior Support’s 2020 E.G. “Ted” Carr Early Career Practitioner Award and was elected to the APBS Board of Directors for the 2021-2024 term, serving in the inaugural Racial and Ethnic Diversity Seat. In 2022, Dr. McDowell was honored as one of Drexel’s 40 under 40. She has served as an Executive Director of Professional Development and Director of PBIS/Youth Court for The School District of Philadelphia. Other positions previously held include assistant principal and teacher. In June 2022, she began her appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Her in-depth experience includes restorative practices, equity, positive behavioral support, conflict resolution, classroom management, coaching, leadership development, and behavioral data support. Dr. McDowell continues to be committed to nurturing the minds and gifts of leaders, teachers, and youth nationwide. Interview References  To connect with the APBS Equity Committee with questions or more information on how to join, please email volunteers@apbs.org

Episode 9: An Interview with Founding APBS Board Member, Dr. Robert Horner

October 31, 2022

In this episode co-host of the APBS Podcast, Muna Khalif, conducts an interview with our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Horner. Rob Horner is a Professor Emeritus of Special Education at the University of Oregon. His research has focused on applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, multi-tiered instructional systems, equity in education, and systems change. He has worked for the past 20 years with George Sugai in the development and implementation of school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). Over 27,000 schools are implementing PBIS nationally. Rob was one of the founding board members of The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) and in 2020 was a co-recipient of the APBS Leadership Award. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the OSEP Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.

Dr. Horner discusses a variety of topics related to using the PBIS framework to produce valued outcomes. In particular, Dr. Horner discusses the hoarding of knowledge in academic, removing barriers to accessing knowledge, systemic racism and systemic development of problem behaviors, PBIS as a human-centered framework, the multi-tiered system for complete social and academic support, and the way PBIS delivers correction via instructional events.

Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway is part of the APBS leadership team. She is APBS Equity co-chair and the Executive Director of Northwest PBIS Network. Dr. Jesssica Swain-Bradway joined us as a co-host for this episode and provided an excellent introduction to welcome her former mentor, Dr. Horner. https://twitter.com/NWPBISnetwork

Research Article Links from this Episode:

  1. Summary of three articles in plain language
  2. Sustaining and Scaling Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: Implementation Drivers, Outcomes, and Considerations (Sugai & Horner, 2020) DOI: 10.17161/foec.v42i8.6906
  3. School-wide PBIS: An Example of Applied Behavior Analysis Implemented at a Scale of Social Importance (Horner & Sugai, 2015) DOI: 10.1007/s40617-015-0045-4
  4. Examining the Evidence Base for School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (Horner, Sugai, & Anderson, 2010) DOI: 10.17161/foec.v42i8.6906.

Episode 8: An Interview with Dr. Glen Dunlap, a Founder of the Association for Positive Behavior Support

August 31, 2022

In this episode co-hosts of the APBS Podcast, Muna Kahlif and Tanya Misgen, conduct an interview with our guest speaker, Dr. Glen Dunlap. Dr. Dunlap discusses his career, beginning with his experiences as a student, moving to his important work as a founder of the Association for Positive Behavior Support, and then highlighting key research articles that current positive behavior support users can refer to and learn from.

Research Article Links from this Episode:
Dunlap, G. (2006) The applied behavior analytic heritage of PBS: A dynamic model of action- oriented research. The Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 8 (1), 58-60. https://doi-org.ezp3.lib.umn.edu/10.1177/10983007060080010701

Carr, E., Dunlap, G., Horner, R., Koegel, R., Turnbull, A., Sailor, W., Anderson, J., … Fox, L. (2002) Positive behavior support: Evolution of an applied science. The Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 4 (1), 4-16. https://doi-org.ezp2.lib.umn.edu/10.1177/109830070200400102

OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Sugai, G., Horner, R., Dunlap, G., Hieneman, M., Lewis, T., Nelson, C., … Ruef, M. (2000) Applying positive behavior support and functional behavioral assessment in schools. The Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2 (3). 131- 143. https://doi-org.ezp2.lib.umn.edu/10.1177/109830070000200302

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Episode 7: PBIS in a Family Setting: A Mother and Son Perspective

June 30, 2022

In this episode, co-hosts of the APBS podcast, Muna Khalif and Tanya Misgen, conduct an interview with our guest speakers to learn more about PBIS in a family setting. Join Tanya Misgen, a member of the APBS IDD Ad Hoc Committee, Laura Kern an APBS board member and family board seat, and Ryan Bird, a junior in high school for this discussion.

“The ADA is a broad law that provides civil rights protections to all individuals with disabilities in the US in many different aspects of life. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination by state and local governments, which includes public schools.”

Episode 6: APBS Student Network Part 2

May 4, 2022

Host of the APBS podcast, Muna Khalif, welcomes the APBS Student Network for part 2 of this series. The APBS Student Network interviews Taylor HitchingsKaren Robbie, and Marney Pollack of the APBS 2020 Student Research Grant Award Winners.

Episode 5: An Interview with the new Editors of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (JPBI)

March 3, 2022

In this episode, Muna Khalif and Dr. Jessica Simacek conducted an interview with our guest speakers, Dr. Wendy Machalicek and Dr. Mandy Rispoli, to learn more about the Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention (JPBI) Chief Editors role and vision for the future.

Visit this website to sign up for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions:

Episode 4: What does equity mean to PBIS?

February 8, 2022

In this episode we discuss anti-racism in implementation science, specifically PBIS. PBIS as a liberatory tool is explored.

Co-hosts for this episode are leaders in the PBS world. Co-hosts include Dr. Kurt Hatch, Dr.Nikole Hollins-Sims, Dr. Erika McDowell, and Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway.

Episode 3: APBS Student Network Part 1

January 5, 2022

The APBS Student Network interviews John Gallo and Sage Pickren of the APBS 2020 Student Research Grant Award Winners.

Episode 2: Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Overview

October 20, 2021

Join Dr. Rachel Freeman, who provides a brief overview of the IDD Ad Hoc committee, what they are currently working on such as the White Paper, and ways to become an APBS member by going to APBS.org/membership.

Episode 1: APBS Mission Overview

June 24, 2021

Welcome to the first episode of the APBS podcast! Dr. Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall provides an overview description of The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS). APBS is a multidisciplinary organization made up of professionals (teachers, researchers, university professors, and administrators), family members, and consumers who are committed to the application of positive behavior support within the context of the school, family, and community including across systems (e.g., entire schools, organizations), for small groups, and for individuals with complex needs for support.

About the APBS Pocast

Tanya Misgen and Muna Khalif
Co-hosts and producers of the APBS Podcast Tanya Misgen- front and Muna Khalif- back

The APBS Podcast is hosted and produced by Tanya Misgen and Muna Khalif.

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