From the Lab to the Street

Complex Contingencies, Welfare, and Real Life Application


Get ready for a deeper understanding of the applied part of applied behavior analysis. What does the errorless learning model, the constructional approach, or complex contingencies have to do with animal welfare? Discover how ABA and Animal Welfare Science intersect so that you can create evidence-based behavior intervention plans that work for human and animal clients alike. Bring your coffee, because in the last part of this three part series we’re going to geek out and turn complex concepts into action steps.


This lecture builds on the last. In the final section of this three part series, we’ll move from the smallest unit of behavior analysis to what behavior looks like in real life. Advanced concepts will expand on existing knowledge to allow participants to think not only about simple training paradigms but also advance behavior intervention. Participants will be introduced to complex contingencies (avoidance of an aversive, avoidance of loss, cued avoidance, continuous-response avoidance, non-cued avoidance, avoidance of an aversive condition, avoidance of loss of a reinforcer, punishment by prevention-of-removal, and punishment by prevention-of-a-reinforcer), concurrent contingencies, the sick social cycle, functional assessment, the constructional approach, and the overlap between applied behavior analysis and welfare science. We’ll also expand upon where the veterinary team fits into this model and how veterinarians can help alter establishing operations so the pet can learn new skills.


Interspersed throughout lecture material, participants will play an interactive quiz game with the presenter in order to hone their skills and gain true mastery of the concepts. Through this process participants will learn to look at units of behavior and identify the controlling function of that 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.