• Generate an interest in the area of crime and justice by Behaviour Analysts
  • Create a forum where people can ask questions about this area and access behavioural and/or other related research
  • Promote the advancement of training opportunities and the potential for people to gain employment in the area of crime and justice
  • Allow professionals to network and work together in order to expand our field into this area successfully
  • Increase the amount of behavior analytic research exploring crime and justice

Specific Aims

  • Make some steps towards expanding behavior analysis into the field of crime and justice
  • Work with the community of behavior analysts in the UK to develop training opportunities in this area
  • Work with the community of behavior analysts in the UK to explore possible opportunities for employment or work experience within the criminal justice or social care systems by behavior analysts
  • Promote the development of research projects within behavior analysis which will seek to investigate the area of crime and justice
  • Hold annual meetings in order to assess our success with achieving the aims of the special interest group

Essential Readings

  • Dickson, M. J., Vargo, K.K. (2017). Training kindergarten students lockdown drill procedures using behavioral skills training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(2), 407-412.
  • May, M, E., Shayter, A. M., Schmick, A., Barron, B., Doherty, M., & Johnson, M. (2018). Teaching preschool children to report suspicious packages to adults. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51(3), 571-589.
  • Morris, E. K. (1980). Applied behavior analysis for criminal justice practice: Some current dimensions. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 7, 131-145.
  • Morris, E. K., & Braukmann, C. J. (1987). The dimensions of applied behavior analysis for crime and delinquency. In E. K. Morris and C. J. Braukmann, (Eds.), Behavioral approaches to crime and delinquency. Boston, MA: Springer.
  • Nietzel, M. T., & Himelein, M. J. (1987). Crime prevention through social and physical environmental change. Behavior Analyst, 10, 69-74.

For more information or to join the Crime & Justice SIG, please contact the SIG Chair, Emma Middleton, via

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