Clinical Behavior Analysis Annual Report

Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) involves the application of behavior analytic principles to the full range of human problems, many of which have traditionally been considered “mental health” issues.  CBA clinicians work with the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and other behavior to help people move beyond their problems and toward living more fulfilling lives. 

The Clinical Special Interest Group of ABAI is for those who have an interest in clinical applications of behavior analysis.  Clinical behavior analysts work in both research and applied settings.  A sample of clinical domains in which CBA clinicians work includes:  

Anxiety disorders 

Behavioral gerontology 

Behavioral health  

Childhood disorders 

Cognitive rehabilitation 

Couples therapy 

Family therapy 

Forensic psychology (assessment and treatment) 

Habit disorders 

Intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Health psychology 

Mood disorders (e.g., depression),  

Serious mental illness (e.g., Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia) 

Substance abuse 


The Clinical SIG is dedicated to facilitating collaboration between researchers and clinicians to further the field’s ability to apply clinical populations.  This group seeks to promote Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) at ABAI and is interested in maintaining the longstanding relationship between basic research and clinical application. 

At the 2023 convention, the Clinical SIG met to continue work on several ongoing projects.  Our Clinical SIG leadership works to highlight ABAI conference events of interest for Clinical SIG members. The SIG is soliciting additional submissions for listserv and social media projects including brief updates from CBA academic training programs and research labs, promoting workshops and conference events, and coordinating events for the annual ABAI convention.  To be kept up to date on Clinical SIG activities and to interact with current members, sign up for the listserv at or join our Facebook Group.  

To join the Clinical SIG, please contact us using the link at or Facebook message one of the group’s administrators. 

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