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.


31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Expo Poster Session #276
#276 Expo - Graduate Training Programs
Sunday, May 29, 2005
10:00 PM–12:00 AM
Southwest Exhibit Hall (Lower Level)
1. ABA Training Opportunities at the New England Center for Children
DANIEL GOULD (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, and research opportunities available at the New England Center for Children (NECC). Three on-site master’s degree programs, one in applied behavior analysis (affiliated with Northeastern University), one in special education: severe special needs (affiliated with Simmons College) and one in counseling psychology (affiliated with Framingham State College) are offered at NECC. A two-year post-masters degree training program in behavior analysis is also offered. An innovative undergraduate training program, modeled after “semester abroad” programs, provides full academic credit plus extensive practical experience. NECC serves as an internship site for numerous other Boston-area graduate training programs in a variety of health-care disciplines. An active research program includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of 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).Keywords: graduate training; masters degree; internship; practicum; autism
2. Advanced Training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
KIMBERLY D. BELLIPANNI (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), SungWoo Kahng (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Nicole Levasseur (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Robert T. Peyton (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Tina Sidener (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine), Michael F. Cataldo (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Louis P. Hagopian (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Abstract: The training program in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute has been one of the leading advanced training centers for behavior analysts. In the 30 years of existance, the Department has trained over 300 individuals -- many of whom have gone on to become leaders in their respective fields. This poster will describe training opportunities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute with a particular focus on the Department's APA-accredited predoctoral internship program and the postdoctoral fellowship program.
3. Applied Behavior Analysis at Utah State University
TIMOTHY A. SLOCUM (Utah State University), Thomas S. Higbee (Utah State University), Charles L. Salzberg (Utah State University), Benjamin Lignugaris/Kraft (Utah State University), Robert L. Morgan (Utah State University), David E. Forbush (Utah State University)
Abstract: USU has recently established a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation. Students in this program may now specialize in Applied Behavior Analysis. The program is interdisciplinary and draws on twelve behavior analytic faculty from several departments and units within the College of Education. Utah State University is well known nationally for its behavioral research and development work on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. There are a variety of research centers and programs that support doctoral training for students in behavior analysis. In addition to their course work and other scholarly activities, all doctoral students will participate in research, college teaching, grant writing, writing for publication, and training and supervision of behavior analytic personnel. Doctoral students are supported with substantial monthly stipends as well as tuition, books, expenses, some conference travel, and medical benefits.
4. Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education at the University of Utah
LEANNE HAWKEN (University of Utah)
Abstract: This poster will present information on training opportunities in behavior analysis at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. Topics covered will include behavioral coursework, faculty teaching and research interests, application information, and information about living in the Salt Lake area.
5. Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Training at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
MAUREEN THERESA ARO (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), Carol Pilgrim (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
Abstract: Information will be presented on UNCW's newly implemented Master's program in applied behavior analysis. Admission requirements and course requirements will be outlined. Faculty research interests will be described.
6. Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at California State University, Fresno
JENNIFER L. AUSTIN (California State University, Fresno), Criss Wilhite (California State University, Fresno)
Abstract: California State University, Fresno offers both undergraduate and Master’s level graduate training programs in applied behavior analysis. Both programs’ curricula are consistent with BACB standards for academic experience. The graduate program also ensures that students meet the Board’s supervised experience requirements necessary for certification. The undergraduate program offers students a broad-based education in various applications of behavior analysis that is intended to prepare them for certification at the associate level and/or graduate study in the field. The Master’s program is designed to provide students with research and practical experience related specifically to school-based interventions and autism treatment. This presentation will provide an overview of prerequisites for applying to the program, program expectations, descriptions of courses and practicum placements, and an overview of faculty interests.
7. Applied Behavior Analysis Training At George Mason University
THEODORE A. HOCH (Northern Virginia Training Center), Michael M. Behrmann (George Mason University), Johannes Rojahn (George Mason University)
Abstract: George Mason University's Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, Master's in Special Education with a Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Graduate Psychology Programs are described. Program faculty are on hand to meet with interested parties.
8. Behavior Analysis and Therapy On-Line at Southern Illinois University
JEFFREY E. DILLEN (Southern Illinois University), Jennifer A. Delaney (Southern Illinois University), Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University), Susan Edgren (Southern Illinois University)
Abstract: The continuing growth in computer technology has made possible for nontraditional and unconventional means of delivering behavior analysis course material to interested students. One such method of course delivery is via the Internet. Web-based courses however, are often criticized for not being as rigorous or challenging as traditional on-campus courses delivered by traditional means. Furthermore, it is a common belief that web-based courses fail to provide students with effective learning experiences because of the lack of personal interaction with a faculty member. This poster will discuss the emerging trend of web-based training in behavior analysis, present a program description of such training at Southern Illinois University, and show comparative data between on-campus and off-campus students suggesting that quality control is possible in cyberspace. Strategies for developing web-based training beyond the traditional college course will be presented and include topics such as in-services, job training, and brief staff enhancement lectures.
9. Behavior Analysis at Temple University
BETSY WURSTNER (Temple University), Michael J. Tobia (Temple University), Philip N. Hineline (Temple University), Saul Axelrod (Temple University), Donald A. Hantula (Temple University), Ralph Spiga (Temple University), Chris Tillman (Temple University)
Abstract: Behavior analysts at Temple University work within several programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the College of Education. Programs where students can acquire Behavior-analytic expertise include Experimental Psychology, Special Education, School Psychology, and Social Psychology. Both Masters and Ph.D. degrees are available with a special Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.
10. Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology
JOSE A. MARTINEZ-DIAZ (Florida Institute of Technology), Matthew P. Normand (Florida Institute of Technology), David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology), Elbert Blakely (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: The M.S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology (FL Tech) in Melbourne, FL will be presented.
11. Florida International University Behavior Analysis Programs
JACOB L. GEWIRTZ (Florida International University), Martha Pelaez (Florida International University)
Abstract: Florida International University Behavior Analysis Programs
12. Florida State University Panama City: Graduate Training in Applied Behavior Analysis
COLIN PEELER (Florida State University, Panama City), H. Allen Murphy (Florida State University, Panama City), Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University, Panama City)
Abstract: The Master's program at Florida State University at Panama City is designed to prepare students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The coursework is BACB approved and students complete 3 practica that meet the supervision requirements. The final requirement for graduation is a comprehensive exam designed to prepare students to take the BACB exam. Graduates of our program have gone on to exciting careers in a variety of settings. This poster/expo will provide potential students and other faculty with the opportunity to talk with our faculty and learn more about the program.
13. Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis and Behavior Therapy at Eastern Michigan University
JAMES T. TODD (Eastern Michigan University)
Abstract: This poster describes graduate training opportunities in behavior analysis and behavior therapy in the Psychology Department at Eastern Michigan University. Eastern Michigan offers an M.S. in Clinical Behavioral Psychology and a new Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a behavior analysis/behavior therapy concentration). The department features upgraded facilities including a new freestanding psychology clinic. Seven tenure-track faculty members have training and experience in behavior analysis and behavior therapy. Research opportunities are available in human and non-human behavior. Both programs include courses, practica, and internships appropriate for licensure in Michigan. Competitive graduate assistantship support is available at the M.S. level. Ph.D. students receive a fellowship with full tuition support and a stipend. (APA accreditation for the Ph.D. program is pending.)
14. Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis at North Dakota State University
AMANDA BOSCH (North Dakota State University), Peter J. Knudson (North Dakota State University), Amy Mackner (North Dakota State University), Raymond G. Miltenberger (North Dakota State University)
Abstract: The Department of Psychology at North Dakota State University offers a masters degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis. Masters students get behavior analysis training through course work, practicum experiences, and applied research projects. Five graduate courses have a behavioral or behavior analysis emphasis. Graduate students can conduct behavioral and functional assessments and functional treatments with children and individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of practicum settings in the community. Graduate students can design, conduct, and write manuscripts of applied behavior analysis research projects conducted with Dr. Ray Miltenberger. Most graduate students with ABA interests are authors on a number of ABA conference presentations and journal publications based on their research. Students who graduate with their masters have been successful in achieving behavior analysis ceritfication.
15. Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at East Carolina University
JEANNIE A. GOLDEN (East Carolina University)
Abstract: East Carolina University has a clinical psychology program of study that leads to a Master of Artsdegree in psychology and eligibility for licensure in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychological Associate. Students are admitted to one of two tracks within the program: Child Clinical Psychology or Adult Clinical 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 requires a minimum of 51 hours of instruction and is generally completed in two years. The program provides classroom training in ethics, behavioral assessment and psychological diagnosis, applied behavior analysis, behavioral research, and behavior therapy. In addition to classroom learning, students will engage in a supervised practicum experience in a behaviorally-oriented setting in their first year. During their second year, students will spend 1000 hours in on-site internship placements under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Finally, students will gain research experience through the completion of a behaviorally-oriented master’s thesis project.
16. Master’s Program in Severe Disabilities with an Emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders at UMCP
CHRISTINE HOFFNER BARTHOLD (University of Maryland), Andrew L. Egel (University of Maryland)
Abstract: The University of Maryland, College Park is pleased to announce a Master’s teacher training program in severe disabilities and an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Students will be taught characteristics of students with ASD as well as techniques for teaching children with autism in classroom settings. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.Ed.) in severe disabilities from the University of Maryland and will be eligible for teacher certification in Special Education.
17. Master's Programme in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK
STEPHEN NOONE (University of Wales, Bangor), J. Carl Hughes (University of Wales, Bangor)
Abstract: In the summer of 2003 we were successful in developing the first Masters course in Applied Behaviour Analysis in Europe. Later in that year we gained accreditation for full content eligibility for the BCBA examination. One of the main challenges we faced was designing a course that both met the requirements of a British University Masters programme and also matched the requirements of the BACB. In line with the British 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 in particular, Precision Teaching approaches, such as SAFMEDS and Standard Celeration Charting. The course is a part-time programme either 2 or 3 years in duration and is mostly geared towards people who work within applied settings using the principles of ABA. In both the first and the second year of the course we enrolled 27 students from a wide range of backgrounds: Early Autism Projects, local challenging behaviour units, Social Services, Special Education, and new graduates. Our main aim is to make a significant contribution to training behaviour analysts in the UK and Europe.
18. May Institute Graduate Training Opportunities
JANE I. CARLSON (The May Institute)
Abstract: May Institute offers a variety of graduate training opportunities, including pre-doctoral internships, post doctoral placements, and the graduate scholars program for pursuing a Masters degree in behavior analysis, psychology, or special education.
19. Pennsylvania State University Graduate Program
YOUJIA HUA (Pennsylvania State University)
Abstract: Description of the Graduate Program in Special Education at the Pennsylvania State University.
20. Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
PATRICK R. PROGAR (Caldwell College), Kenneth F. Reeve (Caldwell College), Sharon A. Reeve (Caldwell College)
Abstract: aldwell College's Post-Baccalaureate program specifically focuses on the successful application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to meet the educational needs of people with autism-spectrum disorders and cognitive delays. There is a growing need for professionals trained in ABA in early-intervention programs, self-contained programs, and public school districts. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in ABA consists of an interdisciplinary, six-course curriculum (18 credits), which has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination. Those who wish to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination must meet additional requirements to qualify for the certification.
21. The ABA Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology
CHARLES T. MERBITZ (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), David A. Pyles (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: This Expo Poster presents the exciting new ABA Master’s Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (CSOPP). The Chicago School is a not-for-profit graduate school for professional psychology at which approximately 900 students are currently studying. This 48 credit-hour aims to produce graduates with outstanding ABA and clinical skills. The CSOPP ABA courses are BACB approved, so that Program graduates are eligible for the BCBA Exam and credential, and field placements in a variety of settings are available. Our great new campus is located downtown in the heart of Chicago, just a few blocks from the 2005 ABA Conference. Note that students who wish to experience a behavioral approach to graduate education, such as the use of the “Keller Plan” aka the Personalized System of Instruction (PSI), and Precision Teaching methods, are urged to investigate CSOPP. Our faculty members Chris Leonhard, Ph.D., ABPP, David Pyles, Ph.D., BCBA, John Smagner, Ph.D., Diana Walker,Ph.D. and the Program Director, Charles Merbitz, PhD, BCBA, welcome you to the CSOPP Poster at the ABA Expo and invite your questions.

The American College of Applied Science: An On-Line Learning Opportunity

DANA R. REINECKE (The American College of Applied Science), Robert DeFranco (The American College of Applied Science)

The American College of Applied Science is an on-line college offering Masters Degrees in companion animal behavior counseling and in animal shelter administration. The companion animal behavior counseling curriculum has a strong basis in learning theory for individuals who wish to enter the field of applied animal behavior and family counseling. Graduates may apply for board certification with the Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors. This poster will present an outline of the curricula offered by the college, as well as profiles of the faculty and information on the practice of the companion animal behavior counseling and family intervention

23. The Pennsylvania State University Graduate Program
YOUJIA HUA (Pennsylvania State University), Ann T. Antus (Pennsylvania State University), Dawn W. Hamlin (Pennsylvania State University)
Abstract: Description of the graduate program in Special Education at the Pennsylvania State University.
24. The School Psychology Program at Syracuse University: Focus on Research-Based Practice
FLORENCE D. DIGENNARO REED (Syracuse University), Derek D. Reed (Syracuse University), Caron Ellzey (Syracuse University), Benita Blachman (Syracuse University), Tanya L. Eckert (Syracuse University), Lawrence J. Lewandowksi (Syracuse University), Brian K. Martens (Syracuse University), Laura Lee McIntyre (Syracuse University)
Abstract: This poster at the ABA Expo will overview the doctoral training program in School Psychology at Syracuse University including training philosophy, specialized skill tracks, faculty, and opportunities for graduate students. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and holds licensure-qualifying status in New York State. Four full-time and one half-time faculty members have primary responsibility for training the program’s 22 doctoral students. Based on a scientist-practitioner model, training includes specialized tracks in: (a) applied behavior analysis, (b) school-based consultation and intervention, (c) academic assessment and instructional intervention, (d) preschool and family, and (e) neuropsychology. All students previously admitted to the program have received 100% funding throughout their graduate career. Opportunities for practicum placements include area schools, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and on-campus clinics. Students have applied for and been awarded APA-accredited pre-doctoral internships at sites such as The Devereaux Institute, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, The Marcus Institute, The May Institute, and The Monroe-Meyer Institute. Graduates of the program are eligible for BCBA and NCSP certification as well as psychology licensure upon completion of required post-doctoral hours.
25. Utah State University: Behavior Analysis Training in the Department of Psychology
CARL D. CHENEY (Utah State University), Timothy A. Shahan (Utah State University), Amy Odum (Utah State University)
Abstract: This poster provides an overview of training in behavior analysis in the department of psychology at Utah State University. Laboratory facilities and the current research interests of faculty will be described. In addition, opportunities for applied experiences will be discussed.An overview of admissions and funding opportunities will be provided.
26. Western Michigan University: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
C. RICHARD SPATES (Western Michigan University), Scott T. Gaynor (Western Michigan University), Linda A. LeBlanc (Western Michigan University), Amy E. Naugle (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: This poster describes the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral program at Western Michigan University.
27. Western Michigan University: Masters Program in Industrial Organizational Psychology
MARK P. ALAVOSIUS (Western Michigan University), Alyce M. Dickinson (Western Michigan University), John Austin (Western Michigan University), Eric J. Fox (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: This poster describes the behaviorally oriented masters program in industrial organizational psychology at Western Michigan University.



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