Healthy, Fit and Happy! A Review of Recent Research on Eating and Exercise
The first “Current Topics in ABA” special issue recording
Originally presented March 15, 2018 Professor Peter Sturmey
Problems of obesity and related health problems are now very common, highly expensive, and cause widespread, preventable disability. Behavior analysis has a unique perspective in understanding these problems as deficits in self-management. This webinar reviews recent evidence for the effectiveness of
behavioral self-management approaches to eating and exercise in diverse populations including typically developing children, children with disabilities and overweight adults, using commercial devices such as Fitbit © to increase exercise and packaged programs such as Food Dudes to increase healthy eating. This webinar reviews recent applied behavior analytic research in this area, identifies evidence-based practices and makes recommendations for practitioners.
After attending this event the participant should be able to describe:
1. Self-management as it applies to eating and exercise;
2. Recent outcomes data on Fitbit on exercise behavior;
3. Recent outcome data on Food Dudes and eating behavior;
4. The limitations of this research and its implications for practice.
Schedule: 3 Hour Recording
Professor Peter Sturmey is Professor of Psychology at The Graduate Center and the Department of
Psychology, Queens College, City University of New York where he is a member of the Behavior
Analysis Doctoral and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs. He specialized in autism and
other developmental disabilities, especially in the areas of applied behavior analysis, dual diagnosis,
evidence-based practice, and staff and parent training. He is the resident speaker at ABAC and Chief
Scientific Officer at Long Island ABA.
He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and subsequently taught at the
University of the South West (Plymouth) and University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He then worked
for the Texas Department of Mental Retardation from 1990-2000 as Chief Psychologist, first at Abilene
then San Antonio State Schools during a Federal class action law. There he supervised behavioral
services and Masters level psychologists providing behavior support plans for severe behavioral and
psychiatric disorders in adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and implementing
large-scale active treatment and restraint reduction programs.
Professor Sturmey has published 25 edited and authored books, over 210 peer reviewed papers, over 60
book chapters. He provides webinars on ABA to qualified professionals and others on a regular basis. He
has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally, including recent presentations in
Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Luxemburg and Italy. He has an active lab of graduate and undergraduate
students working on developing and evaluating effective and efficient ways of training caregivers using
modeling and feedback to use applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism and other
disabilities. He provides training and consultations widely.
Presenter Disclosure Statement:
Peter Sturmey is co-author or editor of books mentioned during the presentation. He receives royalties
from the sale of the books. He also receives speaker and consultation fees for this and other related