Toward Trauma-Informed Applications of Behavior Analysis

Adithyan Rajaraman, Jennifer Austin, Holly Gover, Anthony Cammilleri, David Donnelly, Gregory Hanley

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    Despite a growing acknowledgement of the importance of understanding the impacts of trauma on therapeutic approaches across human service disciplines, discussions of trauma have been relatively infrequent in the behavior analytic literature. In this paper, we delineate some of the barriers to discussing and investigating trauma in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and describe how the core commitments of trauma-informed care could be applied to behavior analysis. We then provide some examples of how trauma-informed care might be incorporated into ABA practice. We conclude by suggesting opportunities to approach trauma as a viable avenue for behavior analytic research and argue that omitting trauma-informed care from ABA could be detrimental not only to the public perception of ABA, but to the effectiveness of our assessment and treatment procedures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-61
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
    Issue number1
    Early online date15 Sept 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022


    • applied behavior analysis
    • trauma-informed care
    • shared governance
    • trauma


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