black behaviorist society
applied behavior analysis
Our society is Black-led and focused on improving the lives of members of the Black community by empowering community members to gain knowledge in the area of behavioral health. Our leaders envision a world in which Black people are equipped with the tools of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is the application of scientific principles to improve behavior that means something to the individual and those around them. Such behaviors can be used to enhance various areas of an individual’s life such as daily living skills or academic skills, among others. Our leaders believe that ABA will enhance the health and longevity of community members. We also believe that increased representation of Black people in the field, including in positions of leadership, will not only create economic sustainability, but improve the health of all community members.
Knowledge of ABA therefore, creates employment opportunities, educational opportunities, increased access to social networks and financial stability for those who succeed in the field. As of May 2021, the unemployment rate for Black or African Americans is 9.1% in comparison to the unemployment rate for white people, which is 5.1 %. The employment rate for Black professionals in the field of ABA according to the BACB (2020) is 7.99%. The significant difference in unemployment rate, more specifically the higher unemployment rate seen in the Black community, is an area of concern for the founding members of the Black Behaviorist Society.
Learn more about the incredible women behind the Black Behaviorist Society, Co-Founders, Jacqueline and Rashida HERE!