ABA needs BBS: Safety Considerations in Clinical Settings

Wednesday • Carson 4 • 4:00 PM


Samantha Hardesty, BCBA
Behavior Analyst
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Track: BBS in Clinical Settings
One BACB® Type II CE is available for this session.

While it is well documented that staff working in clinical and human service settings are at high risk of being injured on the job, little is known about injury rates of workers providing applied behavior analytic services. The safety assessment at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Neurobehavioral Unit will be described.  An important goal of the assessment is predicting staff injury by identifying client, staff, and contextual variables contributing to staff injury.  Future directions and implications for other ABA providers will be discussed.

Samantha Hardesty is board certified behavior analyst with over 15 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of severe behavioral disorders. Samantha works at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and has provided services to individuals aged 4-21 diagnosed with autism and related disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient clinics. In graduate school Samantha was exposed to organizational behavior management and began incorporating these strategies within her work. Currently, Samantha serves in a dual role where, in addition to her clinical duties, she helps develop and monitor projects related to staff recruitment, safety, and training. Samantha frequently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and has co-authored several clinical and OBM related publications. Samantha received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and is graduating in May 2019 with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UMBC.