Presentation Title

Getting Others to Implement PBS: Using Data as a Guide

Brief Biography

Peyton Groff, Ph.D. - Dr. Groff is currently a Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow at Emory University's School of Medicine and the Marcus Autism Center's School Consultation Program. Peyton received his doctorate in School Psychology from Mississippi State University and has worked in a variety of settings serving children with emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges.

Chiara Cunningham, M.S., BCBA - Ms. Cunningham is a School Consultant with the Marcus Autism Center's School Consultation Program. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Ms. Cunningham received a master's degree in Psychology with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University. Ms. Cunningham has been consultant with Marcus's school program for over three years working extensively with the Marcus Autism Center's Model Classrooms and as a behavioral consultant.

Lisa Cymbor, M.A., BCBA – Ms. Cymbor is a School Consultant with the Marcus Autism Center’s School Consultation Program. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Ms. Cymbor received her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Pennsylvania State University of Harrisburg. Ms. Cymbor has variety of clinical experience working as a consultant for children with developmental disabilities in the home and school across several states including Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.

Dianna Briggs, B.S. – Dianna Briggs is a Behavioral Clinical Specialist and Research Assistant with the Marcus Autism Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Currently completing her master’s in clinical social work at the University of Georgia, Dianna has also has school based experience as a director of the Physical Education Program through a grant with the Boys and Girls club to help combat childhood obesity.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

Peyton Groff, Ph.D.

Chiara Cunningham, M.S.

Lisa Cymbor, M.A.

Dianna Briggs, B.S.

Dana T. Zavatkay, Ph.D.

Presentation Abstract

While Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) has a growing body of support in empirical literature, support by administrators, educators, and parents is not always as strong. This has raised concerns about the actual effectiveness of current training practices for PBS in naturalistic settings where resistance to change is often the norm. The following presentation will provide a brief overview of the current research regarding training and consultation for positive behavior supports. Then, data from two research projects about potential variables that influence teacher and student outcomes in a consultation based classroom model will be highlighted. Specifically, data will be presented on a consultation project looking at student and teacher variables across more than 15 classrooms. Variables measured and discussed will include social validity, teacher efficacy, perception of student outcomes, measurement of teacher based skills, and student driven outcomes. The presentation will end with some practical recommendations for how to collect data to guide consultation and some advice applicable to applied settings for how to increase fidelity of PBS by others.

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Dec 3rd, 8:30 AM Dec 3rd, 9:30 AM

Getting Others to Implement PBS: Using Data as a Guide

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While Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) has a growing body of support in empirical literature, support by administrators, educators, and parents is not always as strong. This has raised concerns about the actual effectiveness of current training practices for PBS in naturalistic settings where resistance to change is often the norm. The following presentation will provide a brief overview of the current research regarding training and consultation for positive behavior supports. Then, data from two research projects about potential variables that influence teacher and student outcomes in a consultation based classroom model will be highlighted. Specifically, data will be presented on a consultation project looking at student and teacher variables across more than 15 classrooms. Variables measured and discussed will include social validity, teacher efficacy, perception of student outcomes, measurement of teacher based skills, and student driven outcomes. The presentation will end with some practical recommendations for how to collect data to guide consultation and some advice applicable to applied settings for how to increase fidelity of PBS by others.