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.


34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Expo Poster Session #321
ABAI Expo - Graduate Training Programs
Sunday, May 25, 2008
10:00 PM–12:00 AM
South Exhibit Hall

Graduate Internet Coursework in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas.

LESLIE S. BURKETT (University of North Texas), Sigrid S. Glenn (University of North Texas), Janet Ellis (University of North Texas), Brook B. Wheetley (University of North Texas)

The Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas offers a distance program in behavior analysis. This internet program is a sequence of five self-paced courses, designed by full-time faculty, to meet the needs of individuals who cannot obtain coursework in behavior analysis locally. The courses are multimedia, high interactive, and cover the academic content required by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Students may also earn a 15-SCH academic Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for completing the 5-course sequence.


Western Michigan University: APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Program.

LINDA A. LEBLANC (Western Michigan University), Scott T. Gaynor (Western Michigan University), Amy E. Naugle (Western Michigan University), C. Richard Spates (Western Michigan University), R. Wayne Fuqua (Western Michigan University)

This poster describes the APA-accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Western Michigan University.


Western Michigan University: Industrial Organizational Psychology Program.

JOHN AUSTIN (Western Michigan University), Alyce M. Dickinson (Western Michigan University), Eric J. Fox (Western Michigan University), Heather M. McGee (Western Michigan University)

This poster describes the master program in IO Psychology at Western Michigan University.


ABA Master's Program at California State University Fresno.

AMANDA N. ADAMS (California State University, Fresno), Criss Wilhite (California State University, Fresno)

California State University, Fresno has grown tremendously over the past several years with a BACB approved course of study at the Master's and Bachelor's level. Students are placed at practicum sites and have many opportuntinies including expereince in the new on-site autism clinic; The Central California Autism Center. Student engage in course work, applied expereince and ample opportuntiny for research in many areas of ABA.


ABA Training Opportunities at the New England Center for Children.

RACHEL H. THOMPSON (New England Center for Children), Daniel Gould (New England Center for Children - Abu Dhabi)

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 masters degree programs, one in applied behavior analysis (Northeastern University), 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).


Advanced Training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

KYLE W. BOERKE (The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Jennifer Abraham (The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Jennifer L. Crockett (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Michael F. Cataldo (Kennedy Krieger Institute)

The Kennedy Krieger Institutes training program in behavioral psychology has been a leader in the field of behavioral and pediatric psychology for nearly three decades. Since its inception in 1977, it has become one of the most prominent training programs in psychology as it relates to developmental disabilities and pediatric problems. Kennedy Kriegers Department of Behavioral Psychology is committed to providing a training environment that facilitates the development of future leaders in the field. The predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs provide training in applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, and behavioral pediatrics.


Applied Behavior Analysis at The University of Houston, Clear Lake.

JOHN PUGH (University of Houston, Clear Lake), Dorothea C. Lerman (University of Houston, Clear Lake), Jennifer L. Austin (University of Houston, Clear Lake)

The Applied Behavior Analysis program at UHCL is housed within the M.A. General Psychology Program. The goal of the program is to provide 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 or emotional/behavioral disorders. 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 has 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 assistance are available to students.


Applied Behavior Analysis Masters Program at the University of South Florida.

KIMBERLY V. WEISS (University of South Florida), Jessica Thompson (University of South Florida), Betsy M. Zamora (University of South Florida)

This poster describes the ABA masters program at the University of South Florida. Information is provided on the BACB-approved course sequence, the faculty and their research interests, the practicum experience, and how to contact the program for more information.


Behavior Analysis and Behavior Therapy Graduate Training at Eastern Michigan University.

JAMES T. TODD (Eastern Michigan University)

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.


Behavior Analysis at Auburn University.

JAMES M. JOHNSTON (Auburn University), M. Christopher Newland (Auburn University)

The Department of Psychology at Auburn University offers a one year, non-thesis masters 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, as well as research linking these two areas and other areas closely related in experimental psychology.


Behavior Analysis at California State University, Sacramento.

BECKY PENROD (California State University, Sacramento), Caio F. Miguel (California State University, Sacramento), Helene Burgess (California State University, Sacramento), Robert G. Jensen (California State University, Sacramento)

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. The third is to prepare students for careers in applied behavior analysis by passing the national certification examination (BCBA). Clinical training is an integral part of our program. There are numerous internships and job opportunities for behavior analysis students in the Sacramento region. The Behavior Analysis course sequence at Sacramento State has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB).


Behavior Analysis at Jacksonville State University.

WILLIAM L. PALYA (Jacksonville State University), Steven I. Dworkin (Jacksonville State University), Heidi L. Eyre (Jacksonville State University), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), Paige M. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), Steven C. Stout (Jacksonville State University)

An interactive session with the entirely behavior analytic Psychology Department at Jacksonville State University. A Master's program with a broadly-based program in applied analysis and a sophisticated animal research facility.


Behavior Analysis at James Madison University.

SHERRY L. SERDIKOFF (James Madison University)

This program will describe the Behavior Analysis Concentration in the James Madison University Psychological Sciences Program.


Behavior Analysis at Temple University.

EMILY B. BISEN-HERSH (Temple University), Philip N. Hineline (Temple University), Jennifer A. Wade (Temple University), Derek Wilkinson (Temple University), Betsy Wurstner (Temple University), Saul Axelrod (Temple University), Donald A. Hantula (Temple University), Ralph Spiga (Temple University)

Behavior analysts at Temple University work within several programs in the College of Liberal Arts and College of Education. Students can acquire behavior analytic expertise through programs identified as Brain, Behavior, and Cognition; Special Education; 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 opportunities are available in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences located within the School of Medicine.


Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology.

JOSE A. MARTINEZ-DIAZ (Florida Institute of Technology & ABA Tech), Elbert Blakely (Florida Institute of Technology), Ada C. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Mark T. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Patrick E. McGreevy (Florida Institute of Technology), Pamela L. Neidert (Florida Institute of Technology), David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology)

The Behavior Analysis Programs at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and Orlando, Florida will be presented.


Behavior Analysis at UNC Wilmington.

CAROL PILGRIM (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Christine E. Hughes (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Ruth M. Hurst (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Raymond C. Pitts (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

This poster will present information about the behavior-analytic graduate training available at UNC Wilmington. Program philosophy, admission procedures, opportunities and requirements, and faculty will be described.


Behavior Analysis in Norway; Post Graduate Education "Master's in Learning in Complex Systems".

BRITT ANDERSEN (Akershus University College, Norway), Arne Terje Gulbrandsen (Akershus University College, Norway)

Norway may have one of the worlds largest behavior analysts communities - per capita. It is however traditionally a non-academic community. At Akershus University College we have been offering a post graduate education in behavior analysis since 2004. We offer a two-strand program; one with the emphasis on individual behavior (accredited programme) and one in depth study of behavior in systems (OBM).


Centre of Applied Disability Studies At Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

MAURICE FELDMAN (Brock University), Rosemary A. Condillac (Brock University), Tricia Corinne Vause (Brock University), Dorothy Griffiths (Brock University), Frances Owen (Brock University), Maureen Connolly (Brock University )

The Masters Program in Applied Disability Study and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at Brock University, is the first in Ontario. The Masters program allows for full-time study (2 years) and part-time study (3 years). The course sequence is BACB approved. Students can choose between two Masters degrees: (a) a Masters of Arts (MA) which requires a thesis and is geared towards students interested in reserach careers and/or pursuing a PhD.; and (b) Masters in Applied Disability Study (and Applied Behaviour Analysis) (MADS) and is a professional Masters degree. MADS is geared towards students already working in the field (e.g., employment in IBI programs). For students who take the MA degree, stipends and bursaries are typically awarded. To accommodate students, courses are offered in the Greater Toronto area, as well as other Ontario cities. Eligibility requirements for admission to the Masters program include a 4 year Bachelors degree.


Clinical Health Psychology Doctoral Program with Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis at East Carolina University.

JEANNIE A. GOLDEN (East Carolina University)

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 students 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.


Graduate Programs at the University of Minnesota.

MIMI L. MCDONNELL (University of Minnesota), Jennifer J. McComas (University of Minnesota)

The University of Minnesota offers masters and doctorate level programs in Educational Psychology. Students at the University of Minnesota can access faculty specializing in the behavioral sciences, school psychology, and special education in order to receive a well-rounded, research based graduate education.


Graduate Training in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University.

THEODORE A. HOCH (Northern Virginia Training Center), Michael M. Behrmann (George Mason University), Johannes Rojahn (George Mason University)

George Mason University offers a Behavior Analyst Certification Board approved program of study in Applied Behavior Analysis that can be taken as a Graduate Certificate Program, or as part of a Master's Degree in Special Education, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or Applied Developmental Psychology, or as part of a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. This poster describes the program, its course offerings, and its faculty. Contact information is provided.


Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis at Stephen F. Austin State University.

ROBIN RUMPH (Stephen F. Austin State University), Chris Ninness (Stephen F. Austin State University), Glen L. McCuller (Stephen F. Austin State University), Jill Bonner (Stephen F. Austin State University), April Echols (Stephen F. Austin State University), Jennifer McGinty (Stephen F. Austin State University), Shauna Swinney (Stephen F. Austin State University), James Holland (Stephen F. Austin State University)

Stephen F. Austin State University is located in Nacogdoches, Texas in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods. It is two hours from the Houston metroplex, three hours from Dallas, and one hour from Shreveport, Lousianna. Graduate Training in behavior analysis is available in our School and Behavioral Psycholgy program and our Special Education Program. The School and Behavioral Psychology program is designed to meet BCBA requirements. It also leads to licensure as a specialist in school psychology. Planning authority from the state is expected for a doctoral program in School and Behavioral Psychology. Students for this program will likely be accepted as soon as Fall 2009. The program is designed to meet ABA accreditation standards. Faculty and students publish regularly in prestigious behavior analytic journals including, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior and Social Issues, and The Psychological Record.


Graduate Training in Special Education at Gonzaga University.

KIMBERLY P. WEBER (Gonzaga University), Anjali Barretto (Gonzaga University), K. Mark Derby (Gonzaga University), Thomas Ford McLaughlin (Gonzaga University), Randy Lee Williams (Gonzaga University)

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.


Masters Programme in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK.

J. CARL HUGHES (University of Wales), Stephen Noone (Wales Centre for Behaviour Analysis, School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor), Sandy Toogood (Wales Centre for Behaviour Analysis, School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor), Marguerite L. Hoerger (University of Wales, Bangor), Richard P. Hastings (University of Wales, Bangor), Pauline Horne (University of Wales, Bangor), Corinna F. Grindle (University of Wales, Bangor)

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 enroll 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.


Rowan University ABA Programs.

MARY LOUISE E. KERWIN (Rowan University), Michelle Ennis Soreth (Rowan University)

Information on Rowan University's undergradaute and graduate programs in applied behavior analysis will be presented.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

CHARLES T. MERBITZ (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Traci M. Cihon (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), John W. Eshleman (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Katherine Sandra MacLeod (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), David A. Pyles (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Denise E. Ross (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Diana J. Walker (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is a not-for-profit graduate school located in Chicagos beautiful downtown. The Department of Applied Behavior Analysis currently enrolls 100 students in our two-year full time Masters in ABA, and our PsyD starts in Fall, 2008. Our aim is to produce graduates with outstanding ABA and clinical skills. The MA course sequence is BACB approved, 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. Our faculty members Traci Cihon, Ph.D., BCBA; ?John Eshleman, Ed.D., BCBA;?Sandy MacLeod, MA, BCBA; David Pyles, Ph.D., BCBA; ?Denise Ross, Ph.D.; ?Diana Walker, Ph.D., BCBA; and the Department Chair, Charles Merbitz, Ph.D., BCBA, welcome you to Chicago and ABA and invite your questions. We are also very pleased to offer courses and/or supervision by Michael Fabrizio, MA, BCBA; Paul Holmes, Ph.D.; Janice Pellecchia, MA, BCBA; Yemonja Smalls, Ph.D., BCBA; John Smagner, Ph.D.; Rachel Tarbox, Ph.D., BCBA; and other talented behavior analysts. Further information is available at


The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism Program at Sam Houston State University.

VALERIE ANDERSON-GRIGG (Sam Houston State University), Sarah J. Holmes (Sam Houston State University), Patricia R. Hitt (Sam Houston State University), Barbara A. Metzger (Sam Houston State University)

The Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations in the College of Education at Sam Houston State University offers a MA 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 2-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.


The Special Education Program at Penn State.

DAVID L. LEE (Pennsylvania State University), Richard M. Kubina Jr. (Pennsylvania State University), Youjia Hua (Pennsylvania State University)

Information about the graduate program in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis will be presented.


University of North Florida.

SARAH ROBINSON (Agency for Persons with Disabilities), Karen B. Patterson (University of North Florida)

The Exceptional Student and Deaf Education Department at the University of Florida offers an Applied Behavior Analysis track within their graduate training program leading to a Masters degree.


University of the Pacific Masters Program in Applied Behavior Analysis.

HOLLY AYN WHITE (University of the Pacific), Matthew P. Normand (University of the Pacific), Cris T. Clay (University of the Pacific)

The University of the Pacific offers a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an optional emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. The curriculum for the 30-unit MA program is approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, typically requires 2 years and includes an empirical thesis. All students are given opportunities to participate in a wide range of clinical settings (e.g., schools, community programs) in order to develop assessment and intervention skills. Five Board Certified Behavior Analysts are members of the Faculty and Staff and can provide the necessary supervision for those interested in sitting for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board examination. Nearly all graduate-students receive substantial tuition and stipend support through university teaching and other assistantships.


Utah State University Doctoral Program in Disability Disciplines: Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization.

THOMAS S. HIGBEE (Utah State University), Timothy A. Slocum (Utah State University), Robert L. Morgan (Utah State University), Charles L. Salzberg (Utah State University), Benjamin Lignugaris/Kraft (Utah State University)

The doctoral program in Disability Disciplines: Applied Behavior Analysis specialization at Utah State University prepares graduates to be highly effective university faculty and behavior analytic practitioners who significantly improve the lives of children with disabilities through research, intervention, and teaching. This poster will highlight critical elements of the program and provide potential students with information about program admission requirements, financial supports available, and opportunities for research and training.


Training and Professional Development at The May Institute.

DENNIS C. RUSSO (The May Institute), Ethan S. Long (The May Institute), William A. Flood (The May Institute)

The May Institute will discuss The Center for Advanced Studies which provides professional development through a wide array of educational programs designed to meet your needs at every stage of your education and career.


Behavior Analysis at Central Washington University.

RYAN M. ZAYAC (Central Washington University), Wendy A. Williams (Central Washington University), Libby M. Street (Central Washington University)

The Department of Psychology at Central Washington University offers a two year, Masters 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.




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