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TBA was first published in 1978 by the Midwestern Association for Behavior Analysis. The Journal Committee co-chairs for volumes 1 and 2 were Judith LeBlanc and W. Scott Wood. TBA became the official journal of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis with its third volume, and Julie Vargas was the first named editor of the journal, serving from 1979–1981.
The Midwestern Association Of Behavior Analysis:Past, Present, FutureMargaret E. PetersonWestern Michigan UniversityWhen Scott Wood called to ask that I write thehistory of MABA for the first publication of TheBehavior Analyst, I was pleased and honored. Themomentary reinforcement was so overwhelmingthatcepted. The effects of this reinforcement, however,soon waned asdata necessary to complete such an account.
Midwestern Association for Behavior Analysis (MABA) is founded Midwestern Association for Behavior Analysis (MABA) is founded on the University of Chicago campus, where it holds its first conference.
Well, the 70’s was a decade of protest against the establishment. And a common form of protest against establishment conferences was to hold an alternative-conference, same time, same place, next door, with the goal of forcing the establishment to open their doors to the alternative folks. So, at the last minute, Jerry and Izzy Goldiamond threw together a two-day, concurrent, alternate conference at the University of Chicago in 1974. We were delighted that almost 100 people attended. And there was born MABA (The Midwestern Association of Behavior Analysis.