Applied behavior analysis provides a framework through which evidence-based procedures can be designed, measured, and replicated to assure the effectiveness of teaching for typically developing and at risk students in general education, and students with disabilities in inclusion and special education classrooms. CABAS International research and development programs and the programs in applied behavior analysis at Columbia University Teachers College provide research-based graduate level training for teacher mentors, teachers, teacher assistants, researchers, and parents. The training consists of the completion of Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) modules based on increasing levels of verbal complexity and provides complete accountability through a systems-wide summary of data. Teachers complete a minimum of 30 modules (Teacher I, II, and Master Teacher), which include multiple exemplars of the vocabulary of the science and research-based approaches to best practices and problem solving. Mentor-supervisors complete three additional ranks (Assistant, Associate, and Senior Behavior Analyst) focused on research-based outcomes that produce significant contributions to practice. Teacher-mentors and teachers continually work toward mastery of skills related to professional performance and student acquisition. The CABAS Professional Advisory Board assures the quality of programs and training through Board Certification of credentials and provides university affiliation for all CABAS Certified Programs.
|Dr. Dolleen-Day Keohane is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Education at Columbia University Teachers College and a Senior CABAS Consultant. She holds a CABAS Senior Behavior Analyst Rank as well as a CABAS Assistant Research Scientist Rank. She arranges and supervises teaching/research internships for student teacher interns, teachers, and teacher-mentors in the Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis program at Teachers College as part of a two-year Master’s degree program leading to certification in regular and special education. She consults to school districts and publicly funded private schools with CABAS model classrooms in the United States, and CABAS research and development model schools in England and Ireland. She has published articles in a variety of journals related to teacher preparation, problem solving using a verbally governed algorithm, organizational behavior management approaches to teacher preparation and educational systems, measuring acquisition and performance in educational settings, designing research and development model schools for children with autism and related communication disabilities as well as typically developing children, the acquisition of verbal developmental capabilities by children with and without disabilities. Dr. Keohane has also co-authored chapters and is co-author on a text book (in press) related to teaching as applied behavior analysis.|