Melmark author contributes to the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA)
The journal article, Public speaking disfluencies: A review of habit reversal training and research is written by James K. Luiselli, EdD, ABPP, BCBA-D, and is now available!


From 2016 to 2022, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis published 7 studies that evaluated the effects of habit reversal training on speech disfluencies (filled pauses) during public speaking. This review summarizes the participants, dependent variables, procedures, experimental design, and outcomes from this research including practice implications and suggested areas of inquiry.


Effective public speaking positively influences group communications (Spohr, 2009), occupational success (Burrus et al., 2013), and job interviews (Stocco et al., 2017). Among behavior analysts, clear and fluent speaking is a necessary competency for presenting information during meetings, delivering consultation, conducting supervision, and disseminating research via oral presentation (Friman, 2014; Heinicke et al., 2021).

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