March 13, 2003
CONTACT: Summer Wilhelm

Eastern Michigan University To Co-sponsor BAAM Conference

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s psychology department and the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM) will co-sponsor the 17th Annual BAAM Conference Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti.

The conference, which is open to the general public, costs $20 for students (one day only), or $35 (both days); $40 general admission (one day only), or $70 (both days). To register at the conference, a $5 same-day registration fee applies. For information and on-line registration, go to the BAAM Web site at, or call James Todd, interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at 734.487.4349.

BAAM promotes effective and humane applications of behavior analysis and treatment. The organization deals with and treats many issues, from the basic analysis of conditioning and learning in animals to complex behavioral problems in humans.

“The BAAM conference offers a wide range of presentations from deeply technical to very applied for parents, teachers, students, academics and other psychological and behavioral professionals interested in understanding and dealing with all aspects of behavior,” said Todd.

Presentation topics include: applied behavior analysis, autism, behavioral medicine, clinical/family therapy, developmental disabilities, education, experimental analysis of behavior and teaching behavior analysis. The conference also will feature workshops about such topics as autism therapies and child behavior problems.

Patrick Friman, director of Girls and Boys Town Outpatient Behavioral Pediatrics and Family Services, will give the keynote speech at the conference Thursday, March 20, from 9-9:50 a.m. in Auditorium II. Friman, former director of clinical training and associate chair of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, will speak about “Refutation of the Interpretation of Routine Child Behavior Problems as Psychopathology: A Massive Opportunity for Behavior Analysis.”