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For the record

This issue includes an interview with a behavior analyst in Disney's Animal Kingdom, commentary on the importance of functional dynamic assessment of childhood mental disorders and the division's upcoming APA convention program.

By Derek Reed and Florence DiGennaro Reed

Greetings! This issue of the Recorder contains many interesting and diverse articles. In the Scholar Interview, Dr. Christina A. Alligood describes her work as a behavior analyst in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Dr. Ennio Cipani provides an articulate commentary on the importance of functional dynamic assessment in evaluating childhood mental disorders in lieu of a static, more traditional approach to diagnosis and classification. This is a timely commentary given the upcoming changes to the DSM. Drs. Salzinger and Alferink provide important updates from APA Council. We are honored to also feature a reprint of an article originally published in Science in Autism Treatment. Additionally, we provide the 2012 Division 25 conference agenda (PDF, 25KB) for the Annual APA Convention, scheduled August 2 through August 5, 2012 in Orlando, Fla.

We would like to remind members to renew their membership (see the application form on page 22). Please encourage your colleagues to consider becoming a member. Learn about the benefits of Division 25 membership.

Finally, we invite you to use and share our newly created Behavior Analysis presentation that describes our field and place in psychology/APA. While targeted for high school psychology courses, this presentation is useful for any introductory presentations or discussions.

Thank you to our editorial assistants, Brent Kaplan and Veronica Howard.