Our mission

The mission of the Applied Animal Behavior (AAB) SIG is to promote applied animal behavior analytic research, set high standards in methods and techniques of animal training, support those in the applied animal behavior field, and promote the well-being of animals in applied settings wherever they are found.

Description of Membership

Membership of the AAB SIG is diverse and includes academicians, researchers, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines dedicated to, affiliated with, or interested in animal behavior and/or behavior management or behavior therapy with animals in applied settings. We welcome new members who share our interest in animal behavior and applied behavior analysis.

Annual or Recurring Events

The AAB SIG sponsors several events during the ABAI annual convention, including occasional on-site observation of applied behavior analysis practices at local animal facilities and a SIG poster at the Expo. The AAB SIG also offers an annual student research award in honor of Marian Breland Bailey; this competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students presenting their research during the convention.


The AAB SIG maintains a listserv that provides updates relevant to our field, including ABAI convention information, upcoming conferences, treatment protocol suggestions and commentary, and discussion of current issues.

Specifically of Interest to Behavior Analysts

Animal behavior is a field recognized to require extensive knowledge of species-specific ethology. Animal behavior change also requires complete and academically supported awareness and understanding of the principles of behavior analysis and the application of these principles in applied settings. The AAB SIG promotes empirically verified applications of behavior analysis in animal behavior change treatments, and actively promotes the application of behavior analysis to applied animal behavior therapy.