4th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision. March 8-10, 2007. Boston, MA. Association for Positive Behavior Support.

Keynote Speaker

Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Oregon Research Institute

The Oregon Research Institute (ORI) website (www.ori.org) reports that its research scientists, including Tony Biglan, are principals of a nonprofit research institute dedicated to enhancing lives by focusing on the study of human behavior and development of programs to improve the health and well being of individuals, families and communities. Through rigorous scientific investigations, ORI research scientists study topics related to children with behavioral problems, adults with chronic physical illness, substance abuse and depression experienced by adolescents. ORI research fosters greater understanding of the causes, prevention, and treatment of social and medical problems, ultimately enhancing quality of life and productivity for people of all ages.

Dr. Biglan will present a vision of what society might be like if PBS were widely adopted. He will describe the evolution of cultural innovations that became standard practice, such as sanitation and compulsory education. He will then analyze the steps that are needed for PBS to become a routine practice. Those steps include, strengthening the empirical evidence for PBS and creating a network of organizations that support the continuing refinement of PBS.

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