What is Applied Behavior Analysis... really?

Psychology, Vet Behavior, ABA... oh my!!


There are many models from which a professional can analyze and study animal behavior. Psychology, veterinary behavior, and applied behavior analysis provide professionals different technologies for gathering information and creating plans that will alleviate animal suffering. It’s often the case that these lenses seem to contradict each other and professionals across areas of expertise misunderstand each other’s perspectives. This hinders their ability to work together for the betterment of their mutual clients. For example, did you know that Applied Behavior Analysis takes emotions into account? We’ll go over that! In this webinar, you’ll learn what ABA is, how ABA single subject design differs from the group design of psychology and veterinary research, and how these three disciplines complement each other.


Applied behavior analysis is a science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change. In this webinar, participants will learn what applied behavior analysis is, how ABA single subject design differs from the group design of psychology and veterinary research, and how these three disciplines complement each other. Participants will come away with an understanding of the history and development of applied behavior analysis, the different types of behaviorism and their philosophical underpinnings, the difference between the psychology model, medical model, and applied behavior analysis model, and a new way of looking at and analyzing behavior.


These webinars are suitable for veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior intervention.


About Lauren:

These webinars will be presented by Lauren Novack, ACDBC, who has completed all of her coursework for her MS ABA including 360 hours of supervised applied work in the field. She is currently working on her thesis which will be completed in 2021. In addition to her work in ABA she has taken coursework in the MA Animal Behavior program at Hunter College. She works hands-on with behavior cases in conjunction with Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorists and residents at Behavior Vets NYC where she holds a leadership position. She sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for Daily Paws of the Meredith Corporation along with other leaders in the field.

Lauren Novack is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Family Paws Parent Educator who is also certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. She is currently a MS Candidate in Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College where her current research projects seek to identify the relationship between tangible preference assessments and reinforcer effectiveness (ie: how to quickly identify reinforcers that are not food), and to examine the influence of training methodology on companion animal welfare.

Lauren founded Lauren’s Leash 2011, a private manners and behavior dog training service which she operated in Manhattan through 2018. Through her work with private clients she’s developed unique training procedures aimed at preventing and modifying problem behaviors commonly seen in NYC’s pet population. She works with each unique dog and human duo to identify why unwanted behaviors are happening before designing an evidence-based behavior intervention program that is both effective and practical for real life application.

Lauren's television appearances include Fox & Friends, Fox5 NY, Fox Philadelphia, and Rachel Ray. Lauren has taught seminars and appeared on panels at zoos and rescue organizations and regularly contributes to articles on various online platforms and print media including Broadway Barks, NY Mag, Chewy.com, BarkPost, The DoDo, This Dogs Life, SheKnows, Women’s Day, MaevWorld, iHeartDogs, and The Meaning of Woof.

Lauren lives in the center of Manhattan with one rescued mixed breed pup (Grayson), one cat (Maui) and one husband. In the rare moments when she’s not working or studying, she enjoys exploring Manhattan’s culinary landscape with them all.