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Trumpet Team Member Published in ABA Journal

March 24, 2015

Dr. Layla Abby Publishes Problem Behavior Study

Article Appears in ‘Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis’

Dr. Layla Abby, a Post-Doctoral Fellow with Trumpet’s Monterey and Santa Cruz regions, was recently published in the spring issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis for her work on a research study titled “Meta-Analysis of Noncontingent Reinforcement Effects on Problem Behavior.” This article was created in conjunction with researchers from Texas Tech University.

Layla Abby, PhD, BCBA

Layla Abby, PhD, BCBA

The study aimed to conduct a meta-analysis of noncontingent reinforcement (NCR) outcomes to estimate effect sizes this intervention in decreasing problem behavior, to compare effect sizes for NCR using matched (functional) and unmatched (nonfunctional) reinforcers, and to evaluate effect sizes post-intervention when NCR is slowly faded. Put simply, the study analyzed multiple findings of previous published research on NCR, an intervention that is widely used to reduce problem behavior.

NCR involves giving a consumer access to a reinforcer frequently to the point that they are no longer motivated to exhibit disruptive behavior to obtain the same reinforcer.

Trumpet Behavioral Health congratulates Dr. Abby on her work with this project. Research studies and meta-analyses are a critical component of disseminating evidence-based information to the broader scientific community.

For more information on this study and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, visit the Wiley Online Library.