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    Dr. Edward Cumilla

    Treatment of Aggression with Functional Communication, Planned Ignoring, and Compliance Training.

    Over Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Edward Cumella, a full-time faculty member in the Graduate Psychology department of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Amy Lockney, a recent graduate of Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Psychology, attended the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) convention held in Seattle, WA. There were thousands of attendees at the conference where Dr. Cumella and Amy presented Amy’s master’s thesis titled “Treatment of Aggression with Functional Communication, Planned Ignoring, and Compliance Training.”

    For her research, Amy worked with an autistic eight year-old boy who also has Down syndrome. At first, he could barely speak and was very aggressive. Under Dr. Cumella’s supervision, Amy designed a treatment that resulted in a 90 percent reduction in aggression and a large increase in communication skills for the child. More than 50 people attended the presentation at ABAI, where there was a large discourse  with other psychologists and ABA specialists on the topic. Currently, Dr. Cumella and Amy are working on publishing their research in a professional psychology journal.

    Dr. Che Baysinger

    International Communication Association’s (ICA’s) 62nd Annual Conference

    That same weekend in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Che Baysinger, a full-time faculty member of the Department of Communication in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences was hard at work at the International Communication Association’s (ICA’s) 62nd annual conference. The ICA brings together academic scholars from around the world to participate in over 25 different divisions such as political communication, ethnicity, and race in communication, and interpersonal communication. The ICA is also affiliated with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization.

    Dr. Baysinger chaired a panel in the Global Communication and Social Change division which included the presentation and discussion of four refereed papers regarding news, advertising, and national identity. She also chaired and responded to four papers in the Intercultural Communication division concerning the roles of social media in culture and community. Authors of these papers provided research regarding communication as well as indigenous communities in Australia, the female Nigerian diaspora, young people in Thailand, and the use of social media in the Garifuna community of Honduras. As respondent to these papers, Dr. Baysinger was privileged to provide each writer with feedback, drawing parallels and contrasts between their works. Dr. Baysinger is honored to have been actively involved with ICA since 1996, and looks forward to continuing her work with them in the coming years.

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