Dr. Kent A. Corso is a licensed clinical psychologist and
board-certified behavior analyst. His career in
suicidology began almost two decades ago, while
serving in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Corso has researched,
developed and evaluated suicide prevention programs
across the North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Most recently, he developed PROSPER, an evidence-
based suicide prevention and intervention program for
medical professionals, administrators, elected officials,
community members and other stakeholders. Dr. Corso
has published numerous peer-reviewed research
papers on suicide and is a leading expert in novel
scientific methods and digital technologies for analyzing
Broader Dissemination versus Preaching to the Choir
The Standard Celeration Chart (SCC) was conceived with the vision that it could – and would – be universally applied to behavioral phenomena ranging from eye blinking to social behavior to answering math questions. This would enable direct comparison of like or unlike behavioral frequencies elucidating a richer and more insightful understanding of human behavior. The painstaking steps taken when developing the chart – blue lines, not green, dimensions, paper type, etc., as well as initiatives such as the Behavior Bank comprise decades of dedication to ensuring the SCC’s diverse and timeless applicability and relevance. Yet, the vast majority of SCC use narrowly operates within the education field. Irrespective of the reason, the value and vision of the SCC has not been fully realized. Complicating matters, information technology has leapfrogged the very medium used by the SCC (i.e., paper and pencil), rendering it a clunky tool among non-charters. Fortunately, a few scientists have developed digital innovations, stepped “outside the box” and leveraged social media for the benefit of disseminating the chart more broadly. You can too. In fact, it is our ethical mandate in behavior analysis to disseminate our science. This session will review novel applications of the SCC as well as ways attendees can increasingly disseminate the SCC to more diverse areas of the scientific and applied fields. Moreover, digital applications of the chart permit and facilitate more complex analyses that were neither practical, nor conceivable when we relied only on paper and pencil.
By the end of the session, learners will be able to:
- List several diverse applications of the chart.
- Describe ways in which the digital charting adds unique value beyond paper-and-pencil charting.
- Explain how professionals who use the chart can build bridges to diverse areas of science and application to more broadly disseminate the chart.