Associations & Professional Organizations


Behavior Analysis

Association for Behavior Analysis International®

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis.  

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Founded in 2005 (incorporated in 2006), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) is dedicated to the advancement of functional contextual cognitive and behavioral science and practice so as to alleviate human suffering and advance human well being.

Association of Professional Behavior Analysts

The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to represent the interests of professional behavior analyst practitioners who are credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) and to work with federal, state, governmental, and third party entities to enhance recognition of BACB-credentialed professional behavior analysts.

Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB adheres to the national standards for boards that grant professional credentials. The BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and standards established by content experts in the field.

B. F. Skinner Foundation

The B. F. Skinner Foundation promotes the science founded by B. F. Skinner and supports the practices derived from that science. In so doing, the Foundation advances a more humane world by replacing coercive techniques with positive procedures.

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise of hundreds of behavioral scientists to solve problems in the home, school, community, and the workplace.

Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling
The Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS®), developed by R. Douglas Greer and colleagues of Teachers College, Columbia University, is an instructional technology based on the system-wide application of scientifically validated educational practices. CABAS® originated to develop a science of teaching, to develop schools based entirely on the use of scientific procedures for classroom management, pedagogy, curriculum design, staff training, and parent education, and to make education learner driven. 

Organizational Behavior Management Network

Founded in 1982, the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network exists to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of Organizational Behavior Management through research, education, practice, and collaboration. The OBM Network accomplishes this mission through networking, journal publications, newsletters, online resources, and a bi-annual conference.

Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior

The Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) was founded in 1978 by M. L. Commons and J. A. Nevin to present symposia and publish material which bring a quantitative analysis to bear on the understanding of behavior. This International Society holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Talks at SQAB focus on the development and use of mathematical formulations to: characterize one or more dimensions of an obtained data set, derive predictions to be compared with data, and generate novel data analyses.

The Art and Science of Animal Training                 

The Art and Science of Animal Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to improve relationships between humans and other animals through educational programs that increase the understanding and use of behavior analytic principles as they apply to human-animal interactions and through supporting research initiatives that investigate new, improved training practices.

The European Association for Behaviour Analysis

The European Association for Behaviour Analysis (EABA) is an international organisation that aims to promote behaviour analysis in Europe and to provide an international forum within Europe for the study and discussion of matters relevant to behavior analysis.


The American Educational Research Association 

The American Educational Research Association, founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.

National Education Association

The National Education Association is the largest professional interest group in the United States. It represents public school teachers and other support personnel, faculty and staffers at colleges and universities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers.

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. Network members consist of:

  • 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)
  • 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
  • 14 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), most of which are funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD)

These programs serve and are located in every U.S. state and territory and are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change.

Autism Society

The Autism Society work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy. 

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Exceptional Parent

eParent(Exceptional Parent) is a 45-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. eParent provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development.

National Association of Private Special Education Centers   

The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) is a non-profit association founded in 1971 whose mission is to represent private special education centers (in the USA) and their leaders. NAPSEC member programs provide educational therapeutic services to both publically and privately placed individuals that are not able to be successfully educated in the regular education environment. These services also include infants and toddlers that are served by their early intervention service members and their postsecondary college experience and adult living programs that serve individuals who have graduated or who are over 21 and are no longer eligible for services under IDEA. ​

The Arc

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in the United States. With nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.

Mental Health

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association is the main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and one of the largest psychiatric organization in the world.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is ta community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council is a 501(c)(3) association that advocates for policies that ensure people who have mental health and substance use disorders have access to comprehensive, evidence-based health care services. 


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

Psych Central

Psych Central is an independent mental health social network. Psych Central, whose daily operations are overseen by Dr. John Grohol, provides mental health information as well as annotated guides to a list of useful online resources  in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry. 

World Psychiatric Association

The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 140, spanning 120 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.


American Psychological Association

APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. Among the APA divisions that advance psychology as a natural science, the Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) is perhaps unique in its emphasis on behavior as a subject matter in its own right. 

The International Union of Psychological Science

The International Union of Psychological Science, abbreviated IUPsyS or the Union, is the global umbrella organization for psychology. Organized under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science and published on a freely accessible website, Psychology Resources Around the World is an up-to-date and authoritative source for information, overviews, and links to psychology around the world.