2015 Behavioral Sciences Conference of the North (BSCN)

 April 18th, 2015


The Behavioral Science Conference of the North (BSCN) is an annual research conference hosted collaboratively by the UAA Psychology Club and UAA chapter of Psi Chi, the national Psychology honor society. BSCN promotes scholarly research and professional development of students at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels in the fields of psychology, behavioral science, and human services across the UA system. BSCN provides students with an opportunity to present research posters and oral research presentations, which allows the students to share their research findings with peers, community members, and professionals, receive feedback, improve their research and public speaking skills, and prepare to become professionals in their fields. BSCN also showcases local and nationally recognized professionals, who are recruited to present on topics in psychology and behavioral sciences of interest to professionals and students as well as community members. These talks help foster an academic community in Anchorage, and all of Alaska and are inspirational for students, faculty, and community members alike.  The BSCN provides opportunities for community members, including professionals and potential employers of UAA graduates, and students and faculty members across several UAA programs to learn about and discuss research findings that have practical implications.


Admission and CEU's

Admission to the conference: Free to all, though donations welcome!

CEUs: BCBA CEUs available (3 sessions available, $10/unit for AKABA members, $15 for non-members). APA CEUs available (2 sessions available, $15/unit). If you wish to pay in advance, you can visit the CBHRS CEU website for methods of payment. Payment is also acceptable at the door.

Click here to learn more about the available CEU opportunities, including learning objectives, prerequisites, and cost.


Schedule and Location

Many of the presentations are in the UAA Social Sciences Building or in the UAA/APU Consortium Library.  For directions to these buildings, please visit the UAA Map website.
For specific information about when students are presenting, please review
the BSCN brochure.

Friday, April 17, 2015

7:00pm (LIB 307)


Presentation by Dr. Paige McKerchar
Evaluating Commonly Recommended Strategies for Teaching Typically Developing Infants and Toddlers

Saturday, April 18, 2015

8:55am (SSB 118)
Keynote Introduction: Ashleigh Nero, UAA Graduate
9:00am-10:00am (SSB 118)

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Todd McKerchar
Choice and Behavioral Decision Making: The Phenomenon of Discounting
10:10am-10:30am (SSB 118)

Interdisciplinary Focus Session
Recover Alaska: An Evaluation of the Anchorage Daily News media Partnership
10:45am-11:45am (LIB 307)Oral Session I (Graduate)
10:45am-12:15pm (LIB 302A)

BCBA Workshop: Dr. Paige McKerchar
Regulating the Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis
12:00pm-1:00pm (LIB 307)Oral Session II (Undergraduate)
1:00pm-2:00pm (LIB Atrium)
Poster Session
1:00pm-2:00pm (LIB Atrium)
Lunch and Social Break
2:00pm-3:00pm (LIB 307)
Oral Session IIIa (Undergraduate)
2:00pm-3:00pm (SSB 392)Oral Session IIIb
3:15pm-4:00pm (LIB 307)

Panel Discussion
Behavior Analysis In Alaska: Past, Present, and Future
4:15pm (LIB 307)
Closing Announcements


2015 Guest Presenters

Todd McKercharTodd McKerchar, Ph.D., BCBA-D 
Dr. McKerchar applies concepts and procedures from behavioral economics to better understand human choice and behavioral decision making. With colleagues and students, he conduct studies on temporal and probability discounting processes. The goals of this research are to (a) determine how these processes are affected by experimental manipulation (e.g., amount, sign) and (b) describe the quantitative characteristics of the functions that best describe these processes. His work may have implications for the understanding of impulsive and risky behavior.
pm2012Paige McKerchar, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. McKerchar's interest is in the application of behavior analysis to young children and individuals with developmental disabilities. To date, that research has focused on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, sign language training with infants and toddlers, and the improvement of teaching and behavior management methods in child care settings. Dr. McKerchar is the Director of the Center for Behavioral Studies, Executive Director of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis (ALABA),  Associate of Professional Behavior Analysts (ABPA), and current head of the Psychology Department at Jacksonville State University.