Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Expo Poster Session #113
Graduate Training Program
Saturday, May 29, 2010
8:30 PM–11:00 PM
Exhibit Hall A (CC)
2. Western Michigan University: American Psychological Association Accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
SCOTT T. GAYNOR (Western Michigan University), Amy E. Naugle (Western Michigan University), C. Richard Spates (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: This poster describes the APA-accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Western Michigan University.
3. Western Michigan University: Industrial Organizational Psychology Master's Program
ALYCE M. DICKINSON (Western Michigan University), John Austin (Western Michigan University), Douglas A. Johnson (Western Michicagn University), Heather M. McGee (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: This poster describes the masters program in Industrial Organizational Psychology at Western Michigan University.
4. Behavior Analysis and Behavior Therapy Graduate Training at Eastern Michigan University
JAMES T. TODD (Eastern Michigan University), Jennifer Delaney Kowalkowski (Eastern Michigan University), Tamara L. Pawich (Eastern Michigan University), Zina A. Eluri (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: Eastern Michigan University offers graduate education in clinical behavior analysis and behavior therapy at the masters (2 years, thesis optional) and doctoral levels (APA accredited; 5 years with 4 years of tuition and stipend support). The program is supported by seven behavioral faculty members with specialties in anxiety disorders, autism, basic behavior analysis, child and family therapy, sexual deviance treatment, and developmental disabilities. An on-campus psychology clinic and various laboratory facilities are available. The graduate course of study is BACB-certified and prepares the graduate for licensure at the masters and doctoral levels. A masters in experimental psychology (thesis required) is available
5. Behavior Analysis At Youngstown State University
ROCIO ROSALES (Youngstown State University), Michael C. Clayton (Youngstown State University), Stephen Ray Flora (Youngstown State University)
Abstract: The Department of Psychology at Youngstown State University initiated a graduate program focusing on Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009. Graduates of this program will earn a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and be qualified to sit for the certification exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ®. Students are trained in the theoretical and philosophical foundations of behavior analysis, research on basic and applied problems, and applied techniques in such areas as the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities, geriatric populations, typically developing children, and organizational behavior management. Students will also be prepared to enter a doctoral program for further training. The full-time program requires two years of coursework and practicum experience.
6. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Chicago Campus
CHARLES T. MERBITZ (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: Abstract: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a not-for-profit graduate school with its original campus located in Chicago's beautiful downtown and a new campus in Los Angeles. The Department of Applied Behavior Analysis (Chicago) currently enrolls 100 students in our two-year full time Masters in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in ABA, and 24 students in our inaugural ABA PsyD class. Our aim is to produce graduates with outstanding ABA and clinical skills. The MA and PsyD. have BACB approved course sequences, so that graduates are eligible for the BCBA Exam and credential. Supervised field placements in local and out-of-town settings are available. We use behavioral approaches to education, such as the "Keller Plan" aka the Personalized System of Instruction (PSI), and Precision Teaching. This year we are particularly pleased to report on our expansion to Chicago public schools. Our Chicago faculty members John Eshleman, Ed.D., BCBA; Scott Herbst, Ph.D; Tracy Kettering, Ph.D., BCBA; Susan Malmquist Ph.D., BCBA; Denise Ross, Ph.D.; Diana Walker, Ph.D., BCBA; and the Department Chair, Charles Merbitz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, welcome you to ABAI and invite your questions. We are also very pleased to offer courses and/or supervision by other talented behavior analysts, and academic work at our other campus in Los Angeles (Rachel Findel-Pyles, Ph.D., BCBA, Chair, with Eric Carlson, PhD, and David Pyles, PhD, BCBA.). Further information is available at
7. Behavior Analysis at Auburn University
JAMES E. CARR (Auburn University)
Abstract: The Department of Psychology at Auburn University offers a one-year, non-thesis master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Students are trained to provide ABA services to diverse consumers, including individuals with autism spectrum disorder, adults with mental retardation, children with academic and behavioral challenges, and other individuals in need of behavioral services. Behavior-analytic training at the doctoral level is available through programs in either Experimental Psychology or Clinical Psychology. Faculty members and graduate students in each of these programs are active in both basic and applied research.
8. Advanced Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis At C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University
JOHN C. NEILL (Long Island University), David L. Roll (Long Island University), Gerald D. Lachter (Long Island University)
Abstract: This certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to receive a formal background in the theory and practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. Behavior analysis is used most widely with clinical populations in the area of developmental disabilities, including but not limited to clients diagnosed with mental retardation or autism spectrum disorders. The program requires the completion of 18 graduate credits, and is designed so that all requirements can be met within one calendar year (fall semester, spring semester, and summer session). The curriculum consists of 9 credits in basic courses in behavior analysis, 6 credits in advanced courses and 3 practicum credits. Applications are accepted until August 1. “The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. has approved the course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.” For more information please contact: Dr. John C. Neill, BACB-D, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University,, 516-299-3431, or, Dr. Gerald D. Lachter, Chairperson, Department of Psychology, ,516-299-2377.
9. Doctoral and Master’s Level Training in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell College
TINA SIDENER (Caldwell College), Ruth M. DeBar (Caldwell College), Sharon A. Reeve (Caldwell College), Patrick R. Progar (Caldwell College), Kenneth F. Reeve (Caldwell College)
Abstract: Caldwell College, a private liberal arts college located in a quiet suburban New Jersey community 20 miles from New York City, is home to three graduate programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The Post-Master’s Program in ABA consists of a BACB-approved seven-course curriculum (21 credits). These same courses also make up the core of the 45-credit Master's program in ABA. Building on the success of these programs, Caldwell College began a new 45-credit post-Master’s Ph.D. program in ABA in Fall 2009. Students in the MA program and Ph.D program are required to complete a research thesis and dissertation, respectively. Both graduate programs prepare students to work in a variety of applied and academic settings. In Fall 2010, Caldwell College plans to unveil a new state-of-the-art ABA and developmental disabilities center which will provide intensive hands-on training and both basic and applied research opportunities for graduate students, while providing service to the community. New Jersey is also home to many successful private agencies and public school programs that work with Caldwell College to support training for students in behavior analysis and to provide additional practicum experience.
10. Graduate and Certificate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis at Cambridge College and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Campus
BARRY R. HAIMSON (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Robert F. Littleton Jr. (Evergreen Center/BEACON Services), Robert K. Ross (BEACON Services), Gordon A. DeFalco (Evergreen Center)
Abstract: The poster will describe 2 graduate programs located in Massachusetts at Cambridge College and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth campus. The Cambridge College program offers a Masters in Education with specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders incorporating an approved BCBA course sequence and a Behavior Analyst Post-Master's Certificate Program. The University of Massachusetts offers a Master of Arts in Psychology with an Applied Behavior Analysis option and a Behavior Analyst Post-Master's Certificate Program. All courses are offered under the direction of the Psychology Department at an APA approved research university. Both programs offer a fieldwork practicum supervised by board certified behavior analysts at approved placements or through alternative arrangements for students not currently employed in the field. In addition both programs satisfy the academic requirements to sit for the BCBA® exam Cambridge College and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offer these programs in collaboration with the Evergreen Center and Beacon Services.
12. Gonzaga University Graduate Programs in Special Education
KIMBERLY P. WEBER (Gonzaga University), Thomas Ford McLaughlin (Gonzaga University), Anjali Barretto (Gonzaga University), K. Mark Derby (Gonzaga University), Randy L. Williams (Gonzaga University)
Abstract: Gonzaga University offers graduate training in 1) Functional Analysis, 2) Early Childhood Special Education, 3) general special education content, and 4) a Masters of Initial Teaching (MIT) in special education. The functional analysis program focuses on clinical procedures and training of candidates. Individuals completing this program have taken content required for BCBA certification. The early childhood special education program provides instruction and application in working with young children with disabilities. The general special education program is designed for students who wish to extend their teaching area or are looking to work in non-certified positions. The MIT in Special education is designed for candidates who are seeking teacher certification to work with students with disabilities.
13. Behavioral Intervention in Autism: An On-Line BCBA-Level Curriculum
RICHARD K. FLEMING (Shriver/UMass Medical School), Charles Hamad (University of Massachusetts Medical School), Richard Siegel (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Charlotte Mandell (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Abstract: Behavioral Intervention in Autism is a 5-course online graduate curriculum that is BACB approved at the BCBA level and offered through UMASS Online. This BIA curriculum comprehensively covers the application behavior analysis principles, procedures and programs with persons with autism and related developmental disabilities. This poster describes the purpose, content and methods of BIA in detail.
14. ABA Training Opportunities at the New England Center for Children
SUSAN N. LANGER (The New England Center for Children)
Abstract: This poster will present the graduate and undergraduate training programs, post-masters degree program in behavior analysis, graduate assistantships, internships, field placements, research opportunities, and financial support for graduate study available at the New England Center for Children (NECC). Two on-site master’s degree programs, one in applied behavior analysis (Western New England College), and one in special education: severe special needs (Simmons College) and a PhD program in ABA (Western New England College) are offered at NECC. A post-masters degree training program in behavior analysis is also offered. An undergraduate training program, modeled after “semester abroad” programs, provides full academic credit plus extensive practical experience. NECC provides internships for numerous Boston-area graduate training programs in a variety of health-care disciplines. An active research program includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in autism and behavior analysis. In collaboration with senior program staff, the research department provides opportunities for research experience and supervision of theses and dissertations. Financial support for all students who are employees of NECC is provided, and ranges from partial tuition reimbursement to full support (including full tuition, housing, stipend, plus regular employee benefits).
15. The Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Penn State --- University Park
DAVID L. LEE (The Pennsylvania State University), Ginny Witcoski (The Pennsylvania State University), Shawn Datchuck (Penn State University), Amanda Nimick (The Pennsylvania State University)
Abstract: Meet faculty and students of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Penn State.
16. Penn State University - Harrisburg Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis
KIMBERLY A. SCHRECK (The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg), Richard M. Foxx (The Pennsylvania State University)
Abstract: The Penn State University - Harrisburg Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis offers a BACB approved university course sequence and a BACB approved university experience requirement. The program prepares students to work in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations.
17. The Center for Behavioral Research and Services at Rowan University
MICHELLE ENNIS SORETH (Rowan University), Mary Louise E. Kerwin (Rowan University)
Abstract: Rowan University is a selective medium-sized public university located in Glassboro, New Jersey approximately 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia. Rowan University currently offers Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) approved undergraduate and graduate coursework towards the BCaBA and BCBA. The new Master’s degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 36 credit hour program that also fulfills the coursework requirement for the BCBA. The certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 15 credit hour program designed for individuals who already possess a graduate degree and would like to complete the behavior analytic coursework requirements for BCBA. The undergraduate Specialization in Behavioral Services for Children & Their Families consists of five courses designed to provide psychology majors with the required coursework for the BCaBA as well as some supervised experience in applied behavior analysis. In addition to behavior analytic coursework, further understanding of behavior analysis is fostered by the variety of behavior analytic research and field experience opportunities available to both undergraduate and graduate students.
18. Behavior Analysis at Temple University
ELIZABETH R. LORAH (Temple University), Philip N. Hineline (Temple University), Saul Axelrod (Temple University), Donald A. Hantula (Temple University), James E. Connell (Temple University), Matthew Tincani (Temple University), Jean Boyer (Temple University), Donald E. Eisenhart (Temple University)
Abstract: Behavior analysts at Temple University work within several programs in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education. Students can acquire behavior analytic expertise through programs identified as Brain, Behavior, and Cognition; Special Education; Educational Psychology; Social Psychology; and School Psychology. Both Masters and Ph.D. degrees are available, including a specialized Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Additional behavior analytic research and training opportunities are available in a variety of settings within Philadelphia and surrounding communities.
19. Masters Programme in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Wales, Bangor
J. CARL HUGHES (Bangor University), Sandy Toogood (Wales Centre for Behaviour Analysis, University of Wales), Marguerite L. Hoerger (University of Wales Bangor), Richard P. Hastings (University of Wales Bangor), Stephen Noone (University of Wales Bangor), Corinna F. Grindle (University of Wales)
Abstract: In 2003 we developed the first Masters course in Applied Behaviour Analysis in Europe. The course is designed and taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) as providing content eligibility for students to sit the full BCBA exam (3rd Task List). In line with the British University system, the course is offered at three levels: Post-graduate Certificate, Post-graduate Diploma, and Masters. In the design and running of the course we have attempted to use behavioural principles in the instructional materials, learning environments, and in the assessment of students learning. We utilise computer based instructional packages, direct instruction, and, Precision Teaching approaches, such as SAFMEDS and Standard Celeration Charting. The course can be taken in one year or on a part-time basis (either two or three years in duration). Each year we enrol approximately 30 students from a wide range of backgrounds: early autism intervention projects, challenging behaviour units, social services, special education, and new graduates. Our main aim is to make a significant contribution to training competent behaviour analysts in Europe.
20. Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis at Western New England College
AMANDA KARSTEN (Western New England College), Gregory P. Hanley (Western New England College), Rachel H. Thompson (Western New England College), Dennis J. Kolodziejski (Western New England College)
Abstract: The Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis (Chair, Dr. Gregory Hanley) at Western New England College was designed to train future researchers and scientist-practitioners in the discovery, translation, and application of knowledge toward solving problems of social importance. The curriculum includes a combination of coursework and supervised practical and research experiences. Competitive funding opportunities are also available.
21. Behavior Analysis Master of Arts Program at West Virginia University
AIMEE GILES (West Virginia University), Kristen Hard (West Virginia University), Claire St. Peter Pipkin (West Virginia University), Lisa Kemmerer (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis is offered by the Behavior Analysis Training Program of the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University. This terminal Master’s track consists of a two-year-plus-one-summer non-thesis curriculum designed to train students to apply behavior principles and concepts in situations of daily life. Through both classroom experiences and practica in applied settings, students acquire a broad foundation in behavioral psychology that will guide and inform their decisions as applied behavior analytic practitioners. The goal of the track is to produce behavior analysts who are capable of working with a range of consumers across a variety of applied settings. Students completing the M.A. degree in Applied Behavior Analysis will have met all of the requirements necessary to sit for the BCBA examination.
22. Clinical Health Psychology Doctoral Program with Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis at East Carolina University
JEANNIE GOLDEN (East Carolina University), Bryan Crisp (Private Practice)
Abstract: East Carolina University has a clinical psychology program of study that leads to a Ph.D. in health psychology and eligibility for licensure in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychologist. Students are admitted to one of two concentrations within the program: Behavior Medicine or Pediatric School Psychology. Students can elect to specialize in Applied Behavior Analysis and take a series of courses that will make them eligible for certification as a nationally Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The program is a five-year, full-time, post-baccalaureate program. The 105 semester hour curriculum includes the following components: a core curriculum focusing on the biological, social, and cognitive-affective bases of behavior, health psychology and behavioral medicine, and research (statistics and research design); courses specific to the student’s chosen concentration, including courses on health assessment and intervention and applied behavior analysis; a series of research experiences culminating in an empirical dissertation and completion of a one-year pre-doctoral internship meeting the requirements of the APA and/or the Association of Psychology Pre-doctoral and Internship Centers.
23. Graduate Training Opportunities in Behavior Analysis at University of North Carolina Wilmington
SOPHIA KEY (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Emily L. Baxter (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Whitney Luffman (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Tracy Taylor (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Amanda G. Rickard (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Amber Thacker (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Morgan Throckmorton (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Kristin W. Yonkers (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
Abstract: This poster will describe the opportunities for graduate training in behavior analysis in the Department of Psychology at UNC Wilmintgon. Program options, courses, faculty and research opportunites will be described.
24. Doctoral Programs in Psychology at The University of Mississippi
KELLY G. WILSON (University of Mississippi), Kate Kellum (University of Mississippi), John Young (University of Mississippi)
Abstract: The Department of Psychology at The University of Mississippi offers programs of study that lead to the Doctor of Philosophy in two separate areas: clinical psychology and experimental psychology. The Clinical Program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1974. It is a scientist-practitioner model program that emphasizes an empirical approach to clinical practice. Clinical and research supervision is available from behavioral and cognitive behavioral approaches. The Clinical Program is designed to provide a sequence of research and practical experiences that requires students to function at increasing levels of autonomy and independence. We provide the grounding for these experiences in a rigorous sequence of courses that are taken early in the program. The Experimental Program includes a behavioral neuroscience program of study. Experimental students in this area of concentration take courses and seminars in neuroscience methods, neurobiology, psychopharmacology, pharmacology, toxicology, and biostatistics. State-of-the-art research experiences are offered in the study of the behavioral effects of psychotherapeutic and abused drugs, neurochemical analysis of monoamines using in vivo dialysis, striatal and hippocampal behavioral function using stereotaxic techniques, and evaluation of neural tissue through histological techniques.
25. Behavior Analysis at Jacksonville State University
PAIGE M. MCKERCHAR (Jacksonville State University), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), William L. Palya (Jacksonville State University), Steven C. Stout (Jacksonville State University), Heidi L. Dempsey (Jacksonville State University)
Abstract: Jacksonville State University, nicknamed “The Friendliest Campus in the South,” is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains midway between Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL. The master’s program in psychology offers a Behavior Analyst Certification Board®-approved program of study. Students in the program complete six required courses in the conceptual, experimental, and applied analysis of behavior as well as six related elective courses, which include practicum and research opportunities. Our overarching goals are to teach applied behavior analysts to think critically about the conceptual and experimental basis of the field, and to train them in the implementation of scientifically validated behavioral procedures. Students study basic behavioral processes in our sophisticated animal research facility and can practice applying behavioral principles in a variety of local agencies, such as The Little Tree Preschool-Jacksonville and Anniston Middle School. This poster provides more detail about our faculty and curriculum, including coursework and practicum opportunities.
26. Behavior Analysis at the University of Houston-Clear Lake
DANIEL LESAGE (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Dorothea C. Lerman (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Jennifer N. Fritz (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis program at UHCL provides students with a well-rounded foundation in psychology and applied behavior analysis through an integrated sequence of coursework, practicum, and research activities. Students obtain competency in the basic principles of learning and the application of these principles with particular emphasis on interventions for children with developmental disabilities. Practicum and research experiences are provided in home, school and clinic settings. All students complete a major research project prior to graduation. The program includes a course sequence and practicum that have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc as meeting the requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA exam. Graduate assistantships, paid internships and other forms of financial assistance are available to all students.
27. The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism Program at Sam Houston State University
BARBARA A. METZGER (Sam Houston State University), Cynthia G. Simpson (Sam Houston State University)
Abstract: The Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University offers a master’s degree in Special Education with a focus in Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism (LIDA). The LIDA program emphasizes Applied Behavior Analysis in the teaching methodology and philosophy. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the examination for Board Certification in Behavior Analysis. The two-year program is designed for working professionals across a variety of fields, including psychology and special education. Courses are offered in the evenings and during the summer.
28. Stephen F. Austin State University: Graduate Training in Applied Behavior Analysis
ROBIN RUMPH (Stephen F. Austin State University), Ginger Kelso (Stepen F. Austin State University), Glen L. McCuller (Stephen F. Austin State University), Chris Ninness (Stephen F. Austin State University), Michael Walker (Stephen F. Austin State University), Rhiannon M. Fante (Stephen F. Austin State University), Stevie Malnar (Stephen F. Austin State University), Laura Cooper (Stephen F. Austin State University)
Abstract: The School & Behavioral Psychology Program at Stephen F. Austin offers extensive graduate training in applied behavior analysis at the masters and doctoral levels. Sixteen Graduate Assistantships are available at the doctoral level at $18,000 per year. Current faculty includes six behavior analysts with diversified interests. Internal and external practicum experiences are available including an autism clinic housed within the department. The department is housed in a new state of the art building with extensive facilities for the study of brain behavior relationships, an audiology lab, a family systems therapy lab, a counseling clinic and a speech clinic. Current faculty interests include autism, verbal behavior, behavioral assessment software development, artificial intelligence, relational frame theory, stimulus equivalence, direct instruction, brain behavior relationships, environmental and social issues, school based health programs, organizational behavior management, behavioral systems analysis, response to intervention, school reform, ADHD, learning disabilities, instructional design, computer programming languages, and family systems therapy.
29. University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis Graduate Training Programs
SHAHLA S. ALA'I-ROSALES (University of North Texas), Traci M. Cihon (University of North Texas), Janet Ellis (University of North Texas), Sigrid S. Glenn (University of North Texas), Einar T. Ingvarsson (University of North Texas), Jesus Rosales-Ruiz (University of North Texas), Richard G. Smith (University of North Texas), Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas)
Abstract: This poster provides an overview of the graduate training programs in behavior analysis at UNT. This includes faculty profiles, course descriptions, lab and practicum experience, and student outcomes.
30. Utah State University: Behavior Analysis Training in the Department of Psychology
TIMOTHY A. SHAHAN (Utah State University), Amy Odum (Utah State University), Andrew Samaha (Utah State University)
Abstract: This poster provides an overview of the training program in behavior analysis in the department of psychology at Utah State University. Laboratory facilities and the current research interests of faculty will be described. An overview of admissions and funding opportunities will be provided.
31. Utah State University: Behavior Analysis Training in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation
SARAH E. BLOOM (Utah State University), Thomas S. Higbee (Utah State University), Benjamin Lignugaris/Kraft (Utah State University), Robert L. Morgan (Utah State University), Scott Warren Ross (Utah State University), Charles L. Salzberg (Utah State University), Andrew Samaha (Utah State University), Timothy A. Slocum (Utah State University)
Abstract: The Applied Behavior Analysis masters and doctoral specialization at Utah State University prepares graduates to be highly effective university faculty and behavior analytic practitioners who significantly improve individuals’ lives through research, intervention, and teaching. The specialization offers students the opportunity to advance their behavior analytic skills by: (A) Taking advanced coursework in behavior analysis theory, research and practice; (B) Practicing applied behavior analysis in clinical and educational settings; and (C) Collaborating extensively with faculty in the areas of research, teaching, and staff supervision. Opportunities: Graduate students in the Applied Behavior Analysis specialization have the opportunity to work and conduct research in several settings including: 1. The ASSERT Program, an early intensive behavioral intervention preschool program for children with autism. 2. The Severe Behavior Clinic and associated intervention program, a collaboration with the USU Psychology Department and the Center for Persons with Disabilities. 3. Public school sites and group homes in and around the Cache Valley. Through coursework and supervised clinical experience, doctoral students can meet the requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board exam to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Master's students can enroll in courses in the BACB-approved course sequence and associated supervised practicum. Faculty and current graduate students are engaged in research and development projects in a variety of topics, including, but not limited to preference and reinforcer assessment, direct instruction, fluency, functional analysis, and assessment and treatment of problem behavior, parent training, verbal behavior and school-wide Positive Behavior Supports.
32. Behavior Analysis at Central Washington University
RYAN M. ZAYAC (Central Washington University), Wendy A. Williams (Central Washington University), Libby M. Street (Central Washington University), Dan Fennerty (Central Washington University)
Abstract: The Department of Psychology at Central Washington University is excited to now offer a master’s program in applied behavior analysis. Graduates in this program will earn a Master of Science degree and be eligible to sit for the examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students are trained to provide applied behavior analysis services to diverse consumers, including individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities; school children with academic and behavioral challenges; aging adults with developmental disorders; and families facing varied challenges. Located in Ellensburg, WA in the beautiful Kittitas Valley, Central Washington University is a comprehensive, four-year public university that is dedicated to developing students’ intellectual inquiry, exploration, and application of knowledge. Beyond outstanding education and research, Central offers small classes taught by first-rate professors who value learning above all else. Central is home to a vibrant student community that supports diversity and nurtures interaction and involvement.
33. Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Program at California State University, Fresno
AMANDA N. ADAMS (California State University, Fresno), Marianne L. Jackson (California State University, Fresno), Criss Wilhite (California State University, Fresno)
Abstract: The Psychology Masters ABA Emphasis Program at Fresno State has been designed to meet the growing need for practitioners and researchers both in the state of California and nationally. It is housed in the Psychology Department within the College of Science and Mathematics. The department is located in a new building, which includes state-of-the-art training facilities for both clinical practice and research. In addition to providing a solid foundation of behavioral coursework, the program of studies has been designed to provide exposure to a breadth of topics and issues relevant to behavior analysis. We strive to prepare students for doctoral level work or for a career in various areas.
34. The Chicago School, Los Angeles
RACHEL FINDEL-PYLES (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Mitch Fryling (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Eric Carlson (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Dave A. Pyles (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Megan Kirby (The Chicago School, Los Angeles)
Abstract: The Chicago School, Los Angeles (TCS LA) MA and Doctoral programs in ABA were launched in Fall 2008 at the newly opened Southern California campus. The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals wanting to obtain comprehensive graduate training in Behavior Analysis. Faculty members include Rachel Findel-Pyles (f. Rachel Tarbox), Eric Carlson, PhD, Mitch Fryling, PhD & David Pyles, PhD and Megan Kirby, MA. The program also has nationally and internationally recognized adjunct faculty including Caio Miguel, PhD, Amanda Adams, PhD, Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, Mike Mozzoni, PhD, Hank Schlinger, PhD, and Dennis Dixon, PhD. The Advisory Board includes Pat Ghezzi, PhD, Jane Howard, PhD, Michele Wallace, PhD, and Pat Friman, PhD. The TCS LA ABA program is designed to prepare students in a wide variety of specialization areas including working with individuals with autism, severe behavior problems, instructional design, organizational behavior management, and applications with gerontology, people with traumatic brain injury, and regular and special education. Coursework covers all domains of Behavior Analysis including ABA, EAB, Service Delivery and Theory and Philosophy. Program requirements include: thesis, dissertation, comprehensive examinations, practicum, internship and active participation in a research lab. Please stop by to meet the faculty and students.
35. Behavior Analysis at California State University, Sacramento
Caio F. Miguel (California State University, Sacramento), BECKY PENROD (California State University, Sacramento)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Program at Sacramento State has three goals. The first is to teach students to think critically and scientifically about behavioral processes. The second is to enable students to enter doctoral programs in behavior analysis, and the third is to prepare students for careers in applied behavior analysis by passing the national certification examination (BCABA and BCBA). At Sacramento State, students can pursue a university sponsored certificate in behavior analysis at the B.A. level or a M.A. degree with a concentration in ABA. The Certificate program consists of 16 units of specialized coursework taken concurrently with established degree requirements. Courses for the Certificate program are applicable toward course requirements for the major. The M.A. program in Psychology /ABA track consists of a minimum of 38 units of specialized coursework taken concurrently with established degree requirements. Students are required to write an experimental thesis. The Behavior Analysis course sequence at Sacramento State has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
36. Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
ROSEMARY A. CONDILLAC (Brock University), Keeley White (Centre for Applied Disability Studies, Brock University), Maurice Feldman (Centre for Applied Disability Studies, Brock University), Rebecca A. Ward (Centre for Applied Disability Studies, Brock University), Tricia Corinne Vause (Brock University), Dorothy Griffiths (Brock University), Frances Owen (Brock University), Maureen Connolly (Brock University)
Abstract: Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario offers two Master’s Degrees in Applied Disability Studies with or without specialization in ABA. These programs allow both full-time (2-years) and part-time study (3-years). For those choosing the ABA specialty, the program offers the coursework necessary to apply for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) in the U.S. We offer the only BACB approved graduate-level course sequence in Eastern Canada. Students have the option of choosing between two types of Masters degrees: (a) a Masters of Arts (MA) which requires an MA thesis and is geared towards students interested in research careers pursuing a Ph.D.; and (b) a Master in Applied Disability Studies (MADS), which is geared towards current professionals. For students who take the MA degree, stipends and bursaries are typically awarded. Courses are offered on Campus in Hamilton and St. Catharines, in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), as well as other Ontario cities. Many courses are geared towards students who work full-time and are conducted one weekend per month. Eligibility requirements for admission to the Masters programs include a 4 year Bachelors degree in a related area of study and relevant field experience.
37. Graduate Program in Behavior Analysis
Erik Arntzen (Akershus University College), INGUNN SANDAKER (Akershus University College)
Abstract: Norway has more behavior analysts per capita than any other country. However, the link to academia has been rather weak. Since 2004, we have offered a masters program in behavior analysis and hopefully from 2010 we will offer a Ph.D. in behavior analysis. The program will be unique in combining the selectionist perspective with a complex systems perspective. We'll welcome international students.



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