A Collaborative Approach to Translational Research: The Mutual Interest Model

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ACBS Annual World Conference


Association for Contextual Behavioral Science


Seattle, Washington

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I started my career in behavior analysis running rats in operant chambers; I moved on to traditional ABA work with children; finally doing psychotherapy with adults. Like many of you, I am interested in basic and applied research, but keeping abreast in the advances in both areas is difficult. Through collaboration with colleagues who focus on basic behavioral work, we have been able to developed mutually supportive lines of research that have resulted in a functioning bridge between basic and applied behavioral work. Our collaborative work has been more successful and progressive than any of us could have done independently. My presidential address will highlight a real-life example of the mutual interest model of translational research, and encourage others to pursue similar lines of work.

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