Ethical Issues in Using Standardized Decision-Making to Inform Professional Practice


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Recent scholarship in applied behavior analysis has focused on the conceptual development of decision-making algorithms (DMA) to assist professionals in making practice-related decisions. A DMA is typically portrayed as a decision tree or flow-chart. By answering a series of questions, the user is guided through the DMA towards a specific answer. Though a DMA may allow for standardization of employee decision-making, the ethical issues and limitations surrounding their use requires discussion. In this webinar, Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D, discussed outcomes from a series of empirical studies that have evaluated DMAs and highlighted some of the ethical issues and limitations associated with their use in practice.

About the Presenter

Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Matthew Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Matthew T. Brodhead is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Brodhead’s research examines focused social skill interventions for children with autism. He also writes about conceptual issues relating to the ethical and professional behavior of practicing behavior analysts. Through workshops and consultation, he has established multiple school-based programs for children with autism, and he has provided training to teachers, related service providers, and behavior analysts both nationally and internationally. Finally, he specializes in program evaluation for both applied behavior analysis and public school placements for individuals with autism.

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