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.


40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Expo Poster Session #115
Accredited Programs
Saturday, May 24, 2014
8:00 PM–10:30 PM
W375a-d (McCormick Place Convention Center)

ABAI Accredited Graduate Programs in Special Education at The Ohio State University

SHEILA R. ALBER-MORGAN (The Ohio State University), Helen I. Cannella-Malone (The Ohio State University), Ralph Gardner III (The Ohio State University), Terri Hessler (The Ohio State University at Newark), Moira Konrad (The Ohio State University), Kathy Lawton (The Ohio State University), Nancy A. Neef (The Ohio State University), Diane M. Sainato (The Ohio State University)

The Ohio State University's ABAI-accredited graduate programs in special education have been advancing the study of applied behavior analysis for the past 40 years. In 2011, OSU's special education graduate programs were the recipients of the SABA Award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis. Our contributions include hundreds of published peer-reviewed journal articles and dozens of books. The greatest contributions of OSU's special education program are the program graduates whose work has helped bring evidence-based instructional practices to teachers and students around the world. The Ph.D. program, the first doctoral program to receive ABAI accreditation (1995), is the nation's only special education doctoral program explicitly built upon behavior analysis. This program prepares leadership personnel for special education whose research, teaching, and professional practice are grounded in the philosophy of behaviorism and the methodological and technological principles of applied behavior analysis. The MA program, ABAI accredited since in 1995, emphasizes the design, implementation, and evaluation of curricular and instructional interventions to improve academic, social, self-care, and vocational skills for individuals with disabilities. Master's program graduates work as licensed classroom teachers, behavior analysts, or program supervisors in public schools, private schools, or community agencies.

2. Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University Los Angeles
MICHELE D. WALLACE (California State University, Los Angeles), Mitch Fryling (California State University, Los Angeles), Randy V. Campbell (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: California State University Los Angeles offers a Master in Counseling with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as a Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate in Educational Settings for those who already have a masters degree. Our focus is on the philosophy of behavioral science as well as the application of behavior analysis in various settings (home, agencies, schools. etc.). Our goal is for our students to become competent behavior analysts.
3. Applied Behavior Analysis at McNeese State University
JOANNA THOMPSON (McNeese State University), Alfred Royal Tuminello Jr. (McNeese State University), Kaycie A. Frey-Stacy (McNeese State University), Lettie Alexander (McNeese State University), Cam L. Melville (McNeese State University), Charlotte Lynn Carp (McNeese State University)
Abstract: McNeese State University (MSU) is a member of the University of Louisiana System, and offers a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. MSU is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International, with coursework approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. The course work provides students with the foundation of both psychology and applied behavior analysis. Additionally, students are able to receive clinical experience from the McNeese Autism Program, founded in 2008 by the Department of Psychology. The McNeese Autism Program is located on campus and offers individualized behavioral services to the community at large, while serving as a training site for master’s level students. Supervised experience by nationally board certified behavior analysts and licensed clinical psychologists are available to aid students in their application for national board certification in behavior analysis. Graduate assistantships in the clinic are available to qualifying students. Furthermore, MSU has an animal operant laboratory facility; thereby, allowing students to gain valuable research experience with both humans and animals in single-subject procedures. Following a Master’s degree at MSU, students are fully prepared to either take the BCBA exam or pursue a doctoral degree in psychology or behavior analysis.
4. Applied Behavior Analysis at UMBC
JOHN C. BORRERO (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), SungWoo Kahng (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Iser Guillermo DeLeon (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Abstract: Applied behavior analysis includes accountability in its service delivery. The UMBC MA track is responsive to the increasing call for such services. The UMBC Department of Psychology together with the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Department of Behavioral Psychology are uniquely suited to developing and maintaining such a program. Our track is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, so that students who have completed our MA degree have met the course work requirement for sitting for the BACB certification examination.
5. Applied Behavior Analysis at University of Houston-Clear Lake
LAUREN PLAISANCE (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Trena Rouse (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Molly Shireman (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Kally Luck (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake 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 and adults with developmental disabilities. Practicum and research experiences are provided in home, school and clinic settings. All students complete a major research project and community presentation prior to graduation. The program is accredited by ABAI and 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 qualifying students. The coursework also prepares graduates who are interested in becoming Licensed Psychological Associates. Furthermore, graduates will be prepared to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology or behavior analysis.
6. Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University
KAREN G. ANDERSON (West Virginia University), Regina A. Carroll (West Virginia University), Ezra Garth Hall (West Virginia University), Stephanie L. Kincaid (West Virginia University), Elizabeth Kyonka (West Virginia University), Kennon Andy Lattal (West Virginia University), Michael Perone (West Virginia University), Claire C. St. Peter (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The behavior analysis program at West Virginia University trains students in basic research, theory, and applications of behavior principles. Students develop skills in the experimental analysis of animal and human behavior, as well as a strong methodological and conceptual background for developing behavioral technologies. The basic, conceptual, and applied areas are integrated in the curriculum; however, students may emphasize basic, applied, or both types of research.

Behavior Analysis at California State University, Stanislaus

WILLIAM F. POTTER (California State University, Stanislaus), Jane S. Howard (California State University, Stanislaus), Bruce E. Hesse (California State University, Stanislaus), Carrie M. Dempsey (California State University, Stanislaus)

CSU Stanislaus has a comprehensive Master's degree in Behavior Analysis leading to the BCBA and to the MFT (if desired). We are accredited by ABAI and our program is approved by the BACB, and certified by the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences California). In addition we have a new international dual MA in Behavior Analysis in which students study abroad in Wales and Poland, and receive a $12,000 stipend. We have five Ph.D. level Behavior Analysts in the department, have a working animal lab, and good relations with the community thus offering unique opportunities for practicum placements. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Bruce Hesse at or Dr. Bill Potter at


Behavior Analysis at Queens College and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

JACK SPEAR (Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York)

The Behavior Analysis Training Area of the City University of New York Doctoral Program in Psychology, located at Queens College, offers doctoral students in Psychology training in the experimental and applied analysis of human and animal behavior, including behavioral neuroscience and behavioral pharmacology. Students and faculty investigate a wide spectrum of behavioral processes, from environmental and neural perspectives, through lectures and experimental laboratory course work, advanced seminars, informal student- faculty discussions, practica, internships, and individual research projects. Faculty and students publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals on a wide variety of research topics. Faculty members serve on the editorial boards of major behavioral journals, and are strongly represented at major national and international conferences and organizations. The Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis program is accredited in behavior analysis by the Association for Behavior Analysis and is license-eligible for New York State.


Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology

DAVID A. WILDER (Florida Institute of Technology), Alison M. Betz (Florida Institute of Technology), Ivy M. Chong Crane (The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Florida Institute of Technology), Ada C. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Mark T. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Michael E. Kelley (The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Florida Institute of Technology), Jose A. Martinez-Diaz (Florida Institute of Technology and ABA Tech), Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson (Florida Institute of Technology)

The Behavior Analysis programs at the Florida Institute of Technology (Fl Tech) in Melbourne, FL will be presented. The Master of Science programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Organizational Behavior Management, and Applied Behavior Analysis plus Organizational Behavior Management will be showcased. Fl Tech also offers a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis; this program will also be described. Faculty, coursework, practica, and research opportunities will be highlighted.


Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, and Minor in ABA the the University of South Florida

RAYMOND G. MILTENBERGER (University of South Florida), Kwang-Sun Blair (University of South Florida), Sarah E. Bloom (University of South Florida), Kimberly Crosland (University of South Florida), Andrew Samaha (University of South Florida), Timothy M. Weil (University of South Florida)

The Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of South Florida offers the doctoral degree and masters degree in ABA and also offers a minor in ABA. The doctoral program, started in 2013, was designed to meet ABAI accreditation requirements. The doctoral program has a focus on training in research and teaching with a mentorship or junior colleague model of training. The masters program, started in 2006, is accredited by ABAI. The masters program course sequence and practicum training program are both approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for BCBA certification. The masters program provides integrated training in science and practice with substantial practicum training as well as research training with a thesis requirement. The ABA minor was started in 2012 and the course sequence is approved by the BACB for BCaBA certification.

11. Florida State University Panama City Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
H. ALLEN MURPHY (Florida State University at Panama City), Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University), Amy S. Polick (Florida State University Panama City)
Abstract: The Florida State University master's program began in 1999 under the direction of Jon Bailey. The curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts upon graduation to practice in a variety of settings. All instruction is provided face-to-face by PhD-level Board Certified Behavior Analysts with a combined experience approaching 100 years. Currently, all students receive assistantships including a tuition waiver for their work with approved behavior analytic agencies including the Early Childhood Autism Program which is based at the Panama City campus. This is a highly selective program accepting approximately 17 students each year from a much larger applicant pool. Students have the option to live in Panama City of Tallahassee and are encouraged to gain experience across settings and populations via their assistantship and practicum placements.
12. Graduate Training in Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas
DEREK D. REED (The University of Kansas), Florence D. DiGennaro Reed (The University of Kansas), Adam M. Briggs (The University of Kansas), Todd Merritt (The University of Kansas), Austin O'Neal (The University of Kansas), Jessica Foster (The University of Kansas), Brent Kaplan (The University of Kansas), Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas)
Abstract: Abstract: The department's graduate program trains scientist-practitioners and researchers in the discovery and production, translation and application, and communication of knowledge in the behavioral sciences for understanding and solving problems of societal importance. For this, the department offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in applied behavioral science and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in behavioral psychology. In both degree programs, the department requires (a) a sequence of courses that integrates the basic principles of behavior, experimental methods and research design, and conceptual foundations with (b) training in basic, applied, and intervention research. Among the areas of application are early childhood, education, developmental disabilities, adolescence, family enhancement, independent living, physical disabilities, and health promotion and community development. Other areas are described in the graduate application materials available from the department and on the web site. Since its inception, the department has received notable grant funding for its research and training. In 2000, it received an award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis.
13. Hybrid Graduate Training from Southern Illinois University in Chicagoland and Online
RACHEL ENOCH (Southern Illinois University), Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University), Joel Eric Ringdahl (Southern Illinois University), Seth W. Whiting (Southern Illinois University), Kelly M. Vinquist (Trinity Services, Inc.)
Abstract: The Behavioral Analysis and Therapy Program at SIUC was the first master's degree program in the world in behavior analysis and continues to be a prominent research institute in the field. Our program is devoted to the empirically based development and application of learning principles to a wide variety of human needs. The master's training program at SIUC has a five-year accreditation from the Association for Behavior Analysis. Currently, SIUC is the only school in Illinois and one of only 11 nationally to have this distinction. SIUC has an approved course sequence from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board for both on-and off- campus courses that prepare the student sit for the BCBA exam. The faculty facilitates, and training opportunities are growing year after year. The program offers students the unique opportunity to tailor the program to meet their desired interests. Our graduates are in extremely high demand; the program has a 99% success rate for job placement after graduation. Most graduates have starting salaries ranging from $55,000-$65,000.

Masters and Ph.D. Training at Southern Illinois University

KARL GUNNARSSON (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University), Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University), Jonathan C. Baker (Southern Illinois University), Joel Eric Ringdahl (Southern Illinois University)

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers Masters and Doctoral level specialization in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. The masters training program at SIUC has a five-year accreditation from the Association for Behavior Analysis. The behavior analysis and therapy program is devoted to the empirically based development and application of learning principles to a wide variety of human needs. Training is offered in behavioral practice, research and theory as it applies to problems such as child abuse and neglect, developmental disabilities, chronic medical conditions, and traumatic head injury. The Masters degree requirements are to ful?ll 45 semester hours, and the doctoral degree requirements are 96 semester hours for the doctoral courses (up to 30 hours from a masters degree may be included). The faculty facilitates, and training opportunities are growing year after year. The program offers students the unique opportunity to tailor the program to meet their desired interests. Our graduates are in extremely high demand; the program has a 99% success rate for job placement after graduation.

15. M.S. Program at Jacksonville State University in Alabama
PAIGE M. MCKERCHAR (Jacksonville State University), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), Makenzie Williams Bayles (Jacksonville State University), William L. Palya (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 masters program in psychology is the only ABAI accredited program in Alabama, and it offers a Behavior Analyst Certification Board-approved program of study. Our students complete seven 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 future 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. Our students study basic behavioral processes in our sophisticated animal research facility and can practice applying behavioral principles in basic and applied settings through our recently established Center for Behavioral Studies. Our poster provides more detail about our faculty, coursework, research, and practicum opportunities.
16. Behavior Analysis Program at University of Nevada Reno
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno), Patrick M. Ghezzi (University of Nevada, Reno), Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno), W. Larry Williams (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This year marks the 24th Anniversary of the Behavior Analysis Program at UNR. We look forward to celebrating the following accomplishments with our colleagues and students at ABAI 2014: • We were awarded the “Organizational Enduring Contribution to Behavior Analysis” by the Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis in May 2010. • The Program has Conferred over 40 Ph.D. degrees. • The On-Campus Masters program has conferred over 80 Masters degrees. • The Satellite Masters program has conferred over 100 Off-campus Masters degrees in multiple national and in international locations.
17. Satellite Master’s Program in Behavior Analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Satellite Master’s Program in Behavior Analysis (SMPBA) was initiated by the Behavior Analysis Division of the Psychology Department at UNR in 1995, and has been in continuous operation since that time. The SMPBA is one of three programs operated by the Division of Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology. The program has conferred over 100 Off-campus Masters degrees in multiple national and in international locations.
18. St. Cloud State University: Applied Behavior Analysis Program
ERIC RUDRUD (St. Cloud State University), Kimberly A. Schulze (St. Cloud State University), Benjamin N. Witts (St. Cloud State University)
Abstract: St. Cloud State University offers undergraduate and graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis for on-campus and distance students. We also offer approved courses that lead toward becoming a BCBA and BCaBA in both on-campus and on-line format.
19. The Graduate Programs in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University
JESSICA SINGER-DUDEK (Teachers College, Columbia University), R. Douglas Greer (Teachers College, Columbia University and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences  ), Laura E. Lyons (Columbia University)
Abstract: We will present the MA and Ph.D. programs in teaching as applied behavior analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. We will outline the requirements for each degree and focus on the critical features of our graduate training programs. We will present our three-tiered module system of teacher training program that incorporates verbal behavior about the science (content area expertise), contingency-shaped repertoires (application expertise), and verbally mediated data analysis (analytic expertise). In addition, we will highlight our research and demonstration (R & D) CABAS model schools, where our students and graduates work and train.
20. University of Cincinnati ABAI Accredited School Psychology Programs
RENEE HAWKINS (University of Cincinnati), Janet L. Graden (University of Cincinnati), Julie Morrison (University of Cincinnati), Tai Collins (University of Cincinnati)
Abstract: The ABAI accredited Ed.S. and Ph.D. School Psychology Programs at the University of Cincinnati are dedicated to preparing highly competent professional school psychologists in accord with the scientist-practitioner model. As a result of their comprehensive training, graduates are prepared to make significant contributions to the challenging field of education through up-to-date professional practice, research, child and family advocacy, and leadership for best practices. The poster will describe the training model and curriculum of the Programs and provide important information for those considering a career in school psychology.
21. Western Michigan University's Behavior Analysis Program
JESSICA E. FRIEDER (Western Michigan University), Cynthia J. Pietras (Western Michigan University), Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University), Ron Van Houten (Western Michigan University), R. Wayne Fuqua (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Western Michigan's Behavior Analysis Program is an ABAI accredited program. We offer both master's and doctoral training programs in behavior analysis. Primary specialty areas are: developmental disabilities, basic operant research with humans and non-humans, organizational behavior management/performance management, behavioral pharmacology, and behavioral medicine. We utilize a mentorship model for all training.

Graduate Training in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas

RICHARD G. SMITH (University of North Texas), Jesus Rosales-Ruiz (University of North Texas), Shahla S. Ala'i-Rosales (University of North Texas), Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas), Traci M. Cihon (University of North Texas), Jonathan W. Pinkston (University of North Texas), Karen A. Toussaint (University of North Texas), Einar T. Ingvarsson (University of North Texas)

The mission of the Department of Behavior Analysis is to provide a program of learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students that is nationally recognized for excellence and that establishes knowledge and skills that allow graduates to compete successfully in and make significant contributions to society; to contribute to the discipline of behavior analysis and to the community by conducting applied and basic research that furthers understanding of human behavior and results in demonstrative positive behavioral change; to form lasting partnerships, in the region, nationally, and internationally; and to develop behavioral solutions for social problems at local, national, and international levels. This poster will present opportunities for interested students to learn about opportunities for training and research across the wide range of faculty expertise offered at UNT's Department of Behavior Analysis. Experience in research and application is offered in areas including intervention for autism and related disabilities, applied behavior analysis with animals, verbal behavior, college teaching and learning, behavioral pharmacology, behavior analysis of memory, and more.

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