Bridging Different Ways of Knowing – What Behavior Analysts Have to Learn from Animals and the Non-Behavior Analysts Working with Them with Dr. Evelyn Gould, BCBA-D and Lara Joseph

Dr. Evelyn Gould & Lara Joseph

This event is Session 3 in our series,

Bridging Different Ways of Knowing: Making Non-Behavioral Concepts Accessible and Actionable for Behavior Analysts

There are many ways of knowing. And these ways of knowing are differentially useful for promoting knowledge and effective action in different contexts. Despite our terribly powerful analyses and technologies, however, behavior analysts have repeatedly found our impact limited by rigid adherence to our contextual way of knowing and technical way of speaking. Some behavior analysts, however, have been successful in connecting concepts and issues from across the spectrum of knowledge with accessible and effectively actionable behavioral conceptualizations. This series aims to celebrate that practice of bridging by inviting experts and activists in fields of social significance (1) to present the concepts that emerge from their way of knowing and (2) to participate in a translational conversation that brings a behavioral way of knowing to bear.

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Dr. Evelyn Gould and Lara Joseph for a Continuing Education webinar for Behavior Analysts! This event will consist of (1) a presentation on current issues related to Animal Behavior, led by Dr. Lara Joseph; and then (2) a discussion between Dr. Gould and Dr. Joseph to translate important issues and concepts into language familiar to and actionable by behavior analysts and other professionals.

This is the third session of an 8-session series. If you would like to register for all 8 sessions at a discount, please visit the Bridging Series page.


In this session, Dr. Gould invites expert animal behavior consultant and exotic animal trainer, Lara Joseph, to share and discuss knowledge from the animal training world that inform her personal and professional practice, and impact her work with both her animal clients, and the humans that interact with them.

About the Presenters:

Evelyn Gould, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA, is a Clinical Behavior Analyst and Licensed Psychologist at The New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA). She is also a Clinical Associate at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI-Jr) at McLean Hospital, and Research Associate in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Evelyn has two decades of experience working with families of children with autism, OCD, and other learning and behavior challenges across settings. Evelyn is also actively involved in research and has published articles and book chapters on parent training, clinical assessment and treatment design, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for practitioners and parents of children with ASD. She is passionate about the dissemination of evidence-based behavioral interventions, and passionate about promoting social justice and addressing issues of diversity and equity within Behavior Analysis. Evelyn is actively involved in a variety of Special Interest Groups and Task Forces within the ABAI and ACBS communities, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Lara Joseph

Lara is the owner of The Animal Behavior Center, an international, educational center empowering the lives of animals and the people that care for them using Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a professional animal behavior consultant and trainer with a focus on exotics. Lara travels internationally giving workshops, lectures, and provides online, live-streaming learning programs on behavior, training and enrichment. Lara’s focus is on behavior and training with all species of animals whether in the home, shelter, zoo, or educational ambassador. She sits on the advisory board for All Species Consulting, The Indonesian Parrot Project, Collaboration 4 Avian Wellness, and Nature’s Nursery, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Ohio. She is the president of the non-profit Sam, I Can Foundation, raising awareness for animals and animal organizations in need. She has been asked to co- author and is currently working on an international manual of animal behavior and training. Lara is also holds the positions of Director of Animal Behavior, Training & Enrichment and Curator of Birds, Primates, Reptiles, and Cats at Indian Creek Zoo in Lambertville, Michigan. She is also a professional member of The Animal Behavior Management Alliance, The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, and The Pet Professional Guild. She is a published author and writes regularly for several periodicals including The Pet Professional Guild’s BARKS for professional dog trainers. She is a guest lecturer in the Zoo Biology; Behavior & Diagnostics taught by Dr. Jason Crean at St. Xavier University; Chicago. Lara has presented for a wide variety of organizations including The Philadelphia Zoo, The Ohio State Behavior Club and Exotic Veterinary Club, The Association of Avian Veterinarians, Best Friends Animal Society, The Pet Professional Guild, The International Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Conference, The Autism Model School, and The Wheaton College division of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Presenter Financial Disclosures:

Dr. Evelyn Gould will receive an honorarium payment for participation in this event, and a portion of proceeds from future on-demand purchases.

Lara Joseph will receive an honorarium payment for participation in this event, and a portion of proceeds from future on-demand purchases.

Aside from proceeds from registration, Connections Behavior will receive no commercial support for hosting this event.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will describe three issues on the topic of animal behavior that are not typically discussed from a behavioral perspective.
  2. Participants will describe behavioral principles or practices relevant to at least one issue described.

BACB CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 1.0 Learning BACB CEU
    • $19.99 (CEU’s included in price)

Refund Policy: We will provide a full refund to anyone who requests it up to one day before the event. No refunds will be provided for cancellations later than 1 day before the event.

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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