The HSF SIG encourages all of its members to take an active role in the organization. Serving on a Volunteer Committee is one of the best ways to serve the organization. Committee work will broaden your knowledge of how the HSF SIG functions, give you an opportunity to express your point of view, and introduce you to a wide variety of people in our profession. Serving on a committee is also a great first step toward taking a leadership role later on!
What do our committees do? The work of each committee is described briefly below.
HSF Visibility Committee
The role of the HSF Visibility Committee is to increase the visibility of the Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness SIG (HSF SIG), HSF SIG members, and the application of behavior analysis to the areas of health, sport, and fitness to behavior analysts and the general public. Activities currently being performed by committee members, or planned, are outlined in the HSF SIG’s Action Plan and relate to five strategic goals:
- Utilize the HSF SIG website and social media platforms to increase visibility and awareness for the practice area among behavior analysts and the general public.
- Encourage behavior analysts to participate in health, sport, and fitness online media outlets, such as blogs, podcasts, etc.
- Encourage behavior analysts to attend and speak at conferences and other events, both inside and outside of behavior analysis.
- Increase publications for the general public.
- Increase the visibility of the HSF SIG to generate interest and increased membership.
Current Members: Sarah Burby, Rachel Foster, Kate Harrison, and Gabi Torres
HSF Professional Development Committee
The role of the HSF Professional Development Committee is to support, encourage, and promote the development of practitioner competence among current and prospective HSF SIG members. Activities currently being performed by committee members, or planned, are outlined in the HSF SIG’s Action Plan and relate to eight strategic goals:
- Develop a directory of behavior analysts working in health, sport, fitness (and who could provide mentoring).
- Survey behavior analysts regarding non-behavior-analytic conferences they attend on health, sport, and fitness-related topics.
- Encourage the ABAI student organization to invite professional development speakers in the area of health, sport, and fitness.
- Collect success stories of behavior analysts who successfully began a health, sport, and fitness practice or career.
- Encourage authorized CE Providers to develop and offer CE events for behavior analysts working in health, sport, and fitness.
- Define the role, scope of practice, and competencies of behavior analysts as practitioners in the area of health, sport, and fitness.
- Translate other organizations’ credentialing requirements into behavior-analytic training objectives.
- Encourage university training programs to integrate content into existing courses or offer elective courses relevant to ABA in health, sport, and fitness.
Current Members: Jessica Arriaga, Nicole Davis, Caitlin Eccleston, Natalie Juhlin, and Sarah Perreault.
HSF Research Committee
The role of the HSF Research Committee is to support, encourage, and promote health, sport, and fitness-related research within the field of behavior analysis and among current and prospective HSF SIG members. Activities currently being performed by committee members, or planned, are outlined in the HSF SIG’s Action Plan and relate to six strategic goals:
- Develop a directory of behavior analysts conducting research in health, sport, and fitness.
- Develop a small grant program for student research projects in health, sport, and fitness.
- Provide a medium for behavior analysts to communicate research interests and identify opportunities for collaboration.
- Identify funding sources at local, state, and federal levels to increase behavior-analytic research in health, sport, and fitness.
- Encourage editors to offer a special section on health, sport, and fitness.
- Work with ABAI to develop an internal funding mechanism to fund small projects in health, sport, and fitness.
Current Members: Justin Page, Rocky Perez, Sharlet Rafacz, and Julie Slowiak
So how do you serve on a committee?
Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer for the Behavior Analysis in Health, Sport, and Fitness Special Interest Group (HSF SIG). The HSF SIG has a lot going on right now - we are growing fast and there is more that we want to accomplish in the future. We need energetic, talented, compassionate folks to help serve on both established and newly forming committees!
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Committee positions usually require a ONE-YEAR commitment; however, you are welcome to indicate your interest in assisting with a one-time, shorter-term project.
The requirements for serving on a HSF SIG Volunteer Committee are usually simple. You MUST be a member of the HSF SIG who has renewed dues for the upcoming year and want to serve.
To sign up to become a committee volunteer, click here.
HSF SIG leadership will confirm receipt of your application within 7-10 business days. If you do not receive confirmation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.