How Behavior Analysis is Silently Saving the World

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As the “mother” of all sciences, our field is in a position to impact the world in just about every way imaginable. Join me in a journey of exploring solutions that have been developed from a fine understanding of stimulus control, including teaching children to read without ever hearing or seeing them (think about that for a second) to eradicating land mines across war-torn countries without endangering anyone or any living thing during the process. While Behavior Analysts thrive in predominantly one “area” of application, our history shows us that there are no limits to our science. Putting someone on the moon? A Behavior Analyst was involved! Sesame Street? A Behavior Analyst was there too! Apple’s user experience lab during its heyday? Yup, a Behavior Analyst was there as well! You see, the field is rich with history dating back to the early 20th century, but given the progression of technology coupled with the demand for therapists, these amazing solutions are stuck in small esoteric books or in the behavioral histories of behavior analysts who haven’t yet captured them for the world to share.



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Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA

Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA

Hey, I'm Ryan. I usually go by Ryan O or RYANO. I hail from northern Nevada in the grungy, yet surprisingly classy, (and newly renovated) Reno, Nevada. I like my climate like I like my data: evolving, uncompromising, and progressive. I am a master of science; that is, I have an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, however, my interests have grown to include many other interests, including entrepreneurship and capturing perspectives and stories through various mediums. These interests and skills have allowed me to work with a lot of great people. I've started three businesses, started numerous active joint venture agreements, a behavioral think-tanka podcast, a professional development movement, helped organizations that support people with Intellectual Disabilities, to list a few. Currently, I lead product development and distribution for High Sierra Industries as a Learning Systems Development Specialist. I focus outside this role on building a community of thought leaders and doers to create content that increases the transparency of behavior analytic technologies with the hopes of creating a platform that truly saves the world. My interests are all over, from artificial intelligence and machine learning applications to the theory and philosophy behind Why We Do What We Do ( In my spare time you can find me consuming social media, prepping/climbing a giant mountain, or walking around with my camera in my hand (and, occasionally, all simultaneously). Connect with me personally on most all social platforms via @TheDailyBA and let me know what drives you to pursue the Behavior Analysis vision.

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