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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Expo Poster Session #143
Behavior Analysis Training Programs
Sunday, May 29, 2016
7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Riverside Exhibit Hall, Hyatt Regency, Purple East

Western Michigan University - Hybrid Master of Arts Degree in Behavior Analysis

Denise Ross (Western Michigan University), Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University), CYNTHIA J. PIETRAS (Western Michigan University)

The behavior analysis masters degree at Western Michigan University is nationally known as an exceptional program for individuals working with people with autism and other developmental disabilities. The ABAI accredited program is designed to produce qualified, engaged professionals who can move the fields of autism therapy and research forward. Western Michigan University is expanding its masters degree to the Metro-Detroit area via a hybrid program that is designed to meet the growing demand for certified professionals. Western Michigan University's hybrid graduate program is ideal for individuals who are working full-time and want to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) while earning a masters degree in psychology. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in a variety of fields including education and psychology.

27. Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management M.A. and Ph.D. Programs at WMU
HEATHER M. MCGEE (Western Michigan University), Douglas Johnson (Western Michigan University), Alyce M. Dickinson (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Western Michigan University Department of Psychology offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management. At the M.A. level, students can choose between a practicum track, which prepares students to enter the workforce, and a thesis track, which prepares students to enter a Ph.D. program. Our Ph.D. program prepares students for human resource and organizational development positions in business, consulting, and human service organizations; as well as for teaching and research positions.

Western Michigan University's Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS)

RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University), Jennifer Petree (Western Michigan University)

The students in the BATS program are trained as practitioners and complete the coursework and experience training (intensive practicum) to become competent Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) in two years. Throughout the program our students acquire a solid foundation in the principles and concepts of behavior analysis through completion of two practical MA projects rather than an MA thesis. Our students also attain early, intensive, behavioral intervention skills, supervision experience, and time management skills

29. ABA @ UTSA
LEE L. MASON (University of Texas at San Antonio), S. Shanun Kunnavatana (University of Texas at San Antonio), Alonzo Andrews (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Abstract: The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is home to San Antonio’s exclusive Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which is singularly recognized as the natural science of learning and teaching. The Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (ILT) offers coursework in behavior analysis at the graduate level, which meets the eligibility standards for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam, and at the and undergraduate level, which meets the eligibility standards for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. The TEAM Center, south Texas' premiere verbal behavior laboratory and makerspace, offers an intensive practicum in applied behavior analysis to meet the BACB's field experience requirements by providing behavior-analytic intervention to the local community. Additionally, Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training is provided through UTSA's Office of Extended Education. More information about our behavior analysis programs can be found at
30. Applied Behavior Analysis at Assumption College
KAREN M. LIONELLO-DENOLF (Assumption College)
Abstract: Assumption College is pleased to announce the launch of its new Master of Arts program in Applied Behavior Analysis. This program includes coursework in basic, applied and conceptual behavior analysis and is designed for students who wish to become scientist-practitioners. The program has a multi-disciplinary focus, and students will have the opportunity to work with faculty in the Psychology, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, and Education departments. The program includes practicum courses so that students may obtain fieldwork experience under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Assumption College is located in Worcester, MA, which has a number of agencies that provide behavior-analytic interventions. Assumption College faculty have developed close collaborations with colleagues at the Horace Mann Educational Associates and at the Department of Psychiatry and Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Students who complete this program will have met the coursework and fieldwork experience requirements to apply for licensure as applied behavior analysts in Massachusetts and to apply to sit for the BCBA exam.
31. Applied Behavior Analysis at Aurora University
STEPHEN F. WALKER (Aurora University), Autumn N. McKeel (Aurora University)
Abstract: The Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Aurora University prepares individuals to address significant challenges in today’s society. The ABA program emphasizes a natural science approach to the study of human behavior. The program will introduce students to ways of viewing everyday behavior that differs from the way behavior is typically talked about in everyday speak. Students will be introduced to the basic research that serves as the foundation for applied behavior analysis, and how basic research has given rise to effective behavioral treatments addressing behavioral challenges. Students will have the opportunity to exercise skills learned in the classroom at practicum sites that have been selected because of the high quality services and the range of experiences the sites provide.
32. Applied Behavior Analysis at Fresno State
MARIANNE L. JACKSON (California State University, Fresno), Sharlet D. Rafacz (California State University, Fresno), Jonpaul D. Moschella (California State University, Fresno), Criss Wilhite (Fresno State)
Abstract: The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program at Fresno State is a part of the Psychology Department and housed within the College of Science and Mathematics. We provide graduate students with the education and training to become high quality scientist-practitioners and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Students complete two years of course work including classes on research methods, functional assessment, organizational behavior management, and verbal behavior, and complete a thesis project under the mentorship of one of our specialized faculty. While completing these degree requirements, students acquire supervised experience hours to meet the requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. These are paid positions through our Behavioral Sciences Institute. Placements include The Autism Center, Behavior Intervention Services, and Social Connections, working with a wide variety of clients. In addition, students have the opportunity to take a leadership role in our ABA Club, which organizes the Fresno State ABA conference, the Spring Speaker Series, and the Job Fair each year. Come by and meet our faculty and students, and find out more about the opportunities available at Fresno State.
33. Applied Behavior Analysis at Northern Illinois University
JESSE (WOODY) W. JOHNSON (Northern Illinois University)
Abstract: The Department of Special and Early Education at Northern Illinois University is offering graduate study in Applied Behavior Analysis. A six-course sequence meets the requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst approved course sequence is offered in a hybrid format; online classes are live and interactive and face-to-face sessions are offered at various locations throughout the Chicagoland area. The next cohort will begin in the Fall, 2016 semester with SESE 554, Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis in School and Community Settings and SESE 711, Ethics and Professional Behavior in Applied Behavior Analysis, as the initial course offerings. Two courses in the sequence are offered each semester including summer. The Board Certified Behavior Analyst Course Sequence is offered as a Certificate of Graduate Study for those who already hold an acceptable master’s degree. For those without a master’s degree in Education, Psychology, or Behavior Analysis, the approved course sequence may be taken as part of an Advanced Practices Master’s Program with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.
34. Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus
ASHLEY WHITTINGTON-BARNISH (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), John W. Eshleman (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Jennifer Klapatch Totsch (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Jessica Gamba (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Ashley E. Bennett (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Joshua Garner (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Diana J. Walker (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Fawna Stockwell (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Abstract: Come stop by our poster and learn about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Downtown Chicago! We offer MS and PhD degrees in ABA, as well as a Graduate Certificate Program. Our program includes a BACB-approved course sequence and diverse practicum training opportunities. Our PhD program prepares students to teach and conduct research in university settings, as well as become lead practitioners, consultants, and supervisors in the field. Our programs provide a solid foundation in the science and philosophy of behavior analysis. We have faculty with diverse interests and expertise, and we encourage our students to apply behavior analysis and analyze behavior in novel ways. The school is located right on the river in downtown Chicago, easily accessible by public transportation. There are numerous opportunities to learn and apply behavior analysis, enjoy views from the river and downtown Chicago from the classrooms, and take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer!

Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Online Campus

ROBYN M. CATAGNUS (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Susan D. Flynn (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Deirdre Lee Fitzgerald (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Marlene J. Cohen (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Julia H. Fiebig (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Come stop by our poster and learn about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Online at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology! We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ABA, as well as a Graduate Certificate Program. Our program includes a BACB-approved course sequence and distance practicum training opportunities. Our Ph.D. program prepares students to teach and conduct research in university settings, as well as become lead practitioners, consultants, and supervisors in the field. Our programs provide a solid foundation in the science and philosophy of behavior analysis. We have faculty with diverse interests and expertise, and we encourage our students to apply behavior analysis and analyze behavior in novel ways. Because of the convenience of The Chicago Schools online programs, your life remains intact. Students can tailor their coursework to best suit their individual interests and career goals.

36. Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Arkansas
ELIZABETH R. LORAH (University of Arkansas), Jasmine Welch-Beardsley (University of Arkansas)
Abstract: The University of Arkansas currently offers a graduate certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis. This program offers a coursework sequence that has been pre-approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ and aligns with the current course requirements set forth by the BACB. The graduate certificate can be completed 100 percent online and within an 18-month time frame. In addition to the pre-approved course sequence, the University of Arkansas also offers an on-site intensive practicum opportunity through the University of Arkansas ABA Family Service and Research Clinic. Within the clinic, students have the opportunity to work as instructors for learners with autism, while under the direction and supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts-Doctoral. The University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prospective students should contact Dr. Elizabeth R. Lorah for additional information about the program.
37. Applied Behavior Analysis in Special Education at the University of Utah: New Doctoral and Other Training Opportunities
ROBERT E. O'NEILL (University of Utah)
Abstract: This poster will provide information on behaviorally oriented programs within the Department. These include teacher certification and master's degree programs in a variety of areas (e.g., mild/moderate and severe disabilities), including a master's program preparing persons to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition we have a new federally funded doctoral leadership training program focused in the area of applied behavior analysis and positive behavioral support. This program provides substantial financial support and tuition coverage for accepted students attending full time. This program will equip students with research, teaching, and related skills to assume positions in higher education settings. Completion of required coursework and supervision requirements will make the students eligible to sit for the BCBA exam.
38. Applied Behavior Analysis Masters Program: University of the Pacific
MATTHEW P. NORMAND (University of the Pacific), Holly Ayn White (University of the Pacific), Carolynn S. Kohn (University of the Pacific)
Abstract: The University of the Pacific offers a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with an optional emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. The 30-unit curriculum and the supervised experience students receive are both approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®. The course sequence is typically completed in 2 years and includes an empirical thesis. Typically, all students receive substantial tuition and stipend support. Our program has practicum placements available in a wide variety of settings and with various populations. Practicum placements provide students the opportunity to participate in conducting, developing and implementing assessments and interventions in applied settings. Two faculty and two staff are board certified behavior analysts and can provide the supervision necessary for those interested in sitting for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® examination. Alumni have been extremely successful in passing the BACB® certification exam, and in obtaining acceptance into doctoral programs or employment as a Behavior Analyst.
39. Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at the University of Washington
ILENE S. SCHWARTZ (University of Washington), Scott A . Spaulding (University of Washington), Kathleen Meeker (University of Washington), Natalie Badgett (University of Washington), Nancy Rosenberg (University of Washington)
Abstract: This poster will provide description of the on campus and distance education Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at the University of Washington. Programs include a BACB approved coursework sequence, an intensive practicum, and a Master's Degree in Special Education. Information about continuing education opportunities will also be provided.
40. Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization in the Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program at Utah State University
THOMAS S. HIGBEE (Utah State University), Tyra P. Sellers (Utah State University), Timothy A. Slocum (Utah State University)
Abstract: The Applied Behavior Analysis specialization in the Disability Disciplines doctoral program at Utah State University prepares graduates for leadership careers in academia and applied practice. Students in the program complete both coursework and practical activities to prepare them for these careers. Faculty from the Applied Behavior Analysis specialization in the Disability Disciplines doctoral program will be available to talk about the program and answer questions from potential students.
40a. Arizona State University Department of Psychology MS ABA Program
ADAM DELINE HAHS (Arizona State University)
Abstract: In the early 1960s, the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University was nicknamed Fort Skinner in the Desert and was the first psychology department in the U.S. to start a program that would specialize in behavioral research, applications and theory. In fact, ASU’s first PhD graduate was Montrose M. Wolf (1935-2004) who originated time-out for children who engaged challenging behavior. Now, over 50 years later, Arizona State University’s Department of Psychology MS ABA Program is the only known bricks and mortar masters program at a Research I University to provide the necessary BACB-approved course sequence and 1500+ supervised practicum hours required for state licensure. In addition to four, full-time semesters of scientific coursework and summer practica experiences, the degree’s culminating experience with be presentation of our students’ year-long Capstone Projects at a region-wide event to recognize and celebrate the program’s rising graduates. To apply or for more information about the program please visit the MS ABA program's website at or contact the MS ABA Program Director, Dr. Adam Hahs at
41. Behavior Analysis at Auburn University
DANNAH CHAPPELL (Auburn University), Sheridan Chambers (Auburn University ), Sacha T. Pence (Auburn University), John T. Rapp (Auburn University)
Abstract: The Department of Psychology at Auburn University offers a two-year master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities. The full-time program is designed to train future practitioners to provide behavioral services to diverse consumers, including individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities; students with academic and behavioral challenges; and foster, adoptive, and birth families facing varied challenges. Doctoral training in behavior analysis is also provided at Auburn University through the Cognitive and Behavioral Science (CABS) program. Applicants seeking doctoral training via the CABS program must be board certified behavior analysts.
42. Behavior Analysis at LIU Post
JOHN C. NEILL (Long Island University), Gerald Lachter (LIU Post Psychology Department)
Abstract: The ABA Advanced Certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to receive a formal background in the theory and practice of Applied Behavior Analysis. A Masters Degree program in Behavior Analysis is also available. Hands-on experience is available in human and small animal labs.
43. Behavior Analysis Program at California State University, Sacramento
MEGAN R. HEINICKE (California State University, Sacramento), Caio F. Miguel (California State University, Sacramento), Becky Penrod (California State University, Sacramento)
Abstract: The program at Sacramento State prepares students to practice as M.A.-level board certified behavior analysts, as well as enter doctoral programs in Applied Behavior Analysis or Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Our program is known for its focus on training a small group of highly qualified scientist practitioners. Most of our graduate students publish their research in peer reviewed journals. Our facilities include human and animal (rats) operant laboratories, and a clinical suite for treatment research. Students obtain clinical experience at approved paid internship sites providing early intervention services to children with autism. Our coursework fulfills the requirements to sit for the national certification exam in Behavior Analysis (BCBA).
44. Behavior Analysis Programs at the University of Central Missouri
SARAH CORWIN (University of Central Missouri), Heather Jenkins (University of Central Missouri), Jarrod Vaughan (University of Central Missouri), Duane A. Lundervold ( University of Central Missouri)
Abstract: We describe three behavior analysis programs at the University of Central Missouri. Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and a professional career track sequence. Completion of each program of study enables students to meet the educational requirements for the Board Certified (Assistant) Behavior Analyst (BC[a]BA) or the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Multiple field experience sites throughout Missouri are available to students.
45. Behavior Momentum India Approved Course Sequence
SMITA AWASTHI (Behavior Momentum India), Manoj Sharma (Behavior Momentum India)
Abstract: Behavior Momentum India is the first organization based in India offering a BACB Approved Course Sequence. It offers BCBA and BCaBA courses and is currently running its third cohort. The course modules are taught by BACB approved faculty face to face from Bangalore ,or Delhi with students connected by webex technology from various parts of the country. Students on the course have the benefit of attending classes on weekends twice a month. The course work provides student theoretical and conceptual understanding of behavior analysis. The course mandates students should conduct independent research and submit two – three projects for course completion. The BACB-ACS has been taught by highly acclaimed international faculty in India ensuring highest standards of teaching are maintained. The duration of the BCaBA course is 1 year and the BCBA course duration in 1.5 years. Eligibility for the BCaBA is a Bachelors in any field while for BCBA it is Masters in Psychology, Special education and Education.

Behaviour Analysis at the University of South Wales

JENNIFER L. AUSTIN (University of South Wales), Aimee Giles (University of South Wales), Richard James May (University of South Wales), Ioannis Angelakis (University of South Wales)

With close to 100 years of experience in higher education, the University of South Wales has played a significant role in the economic, social and cultural advancement of Wales. The university's MSc in Behaviour Analysis and Therapy, housed with the School of Psychology, is designed to equip students with a solid foundation in cutting-edge behaviour analytic research and practice skills. Our course team have a range of specialisations, ensuring that students gain an understanding of the scope of behaviour analytic science and application. The course is approved by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board and includes 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. The university's on-campus behaviour analysis clinic, combined with partnerships with local schools, the NHS, and the Cym Taf Youth Offending Service, provide a wealth of settings and populations for research and practical experience.

47. Briar Cliff University's Master of Science in Behavior Analysis
COREY S. STOCCO (Briar Cliff University), Stephanie A. Hood (Briar Cliff University ), Todd W. Knealing (Briar Cliff University)
Abstract: Briar Cliff University's Master of Science program in Behavior Analysis prepares students to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Our program prepares students for careers as behavior analysts across a variety of populations and settings. The approximate timeline for program completion is 2 years and students are required to complete a thesis.
48. Capilano University Bachelor of Arts and Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism
BRENDA FOSSETT (Capilano University), Richard Stock (Capilano University)
Abstract: Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, offers both a Bachelor or Arts and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism. We are an approved course sequence, which includes a 500 hour BCBA supervised intensive practicum, and the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma is available fully on-line.
49. Centre for Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario Canada
ALISON ROTHWELL (Brock University), Maurice Feldman (Centre for Applied Disability Studies, Brock University)
Abstract: Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, offers two Masters Degrees, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Disability Studies with specialization in ABA. These programs provide the BACB approved 4th edition graduate level course sequence for BCBA. The Masters of Arts (MA) is full-time and students complete a MA research thesis. It is geared towards students interested in research and obtaining a Ph.D. MA students are eligible for stipends, bursaries and teaching assistantships. The second Masters program, Master in Applied Disability Studies (MADS), is offered fulltime (2-years) or part-time (3-years) and has no thesis component. Full-time MADS courses are offered in St. Catharines and Hamilton. Part-time MADS courses are geared to working students and are offered one weekend per month in Toronto, Hamilton or Ottawa. Most courses include face-to-face and online instruction. The Grad Diploma is for students with a Masters degree in a related field who wish to take the BACB approved course sequence for BCBA. Eligibility requirements for admission to the Masters programs include a 4 year Bachelors degree in a related area of study and three letters of reference. Undergrad ABA courses and relevant field experience are assets. A PhD program in behavioral clinical psychology is under development.
50. China’s First Online BCaBA Course Sequence and Recent Development
CHENGAN YUAN (The University of Iowa), Jing Zhu (The University of Iowa), Youjia Hua (The University of Iowa)
Abstract: The purpose of this Expo poster is to present the first online Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) course sequences developed by the University of Iowa for parents and teachers in China. Started in 2014, our first group of 30 students has completed the BCaBA course sequence in 2015. Twelve of them sat in the board exam in August 2015 and nine passed the exam. They have since become the first group of BCaBAs in mainland China. Our second group of 21 students will complete the course sequence in 2016. This poster will present information regarding the course delivery format and challenges, student performance and feedback, as well as the future development of the course and research agenda. We will also include information on the first BACB approved intensive university practicum coursework in China by the University of Iowa.
51. Graduate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis at Cambridge College
ROBERT F. LITTLETON JR. JR. (Evergreen Center), Robert K. Ross (Beacon ABA Services), Joseph M. Vedora (Evergreen Center)
Abstract: This poster will describe the graduate programs located at Cambridge College in Massachusetts. Cambridge College’s main campus is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a second campus located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Cambridge College program offers a Master's in Education with specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders incorporating a BACB-approved course sequence and a behavior analyst post-master's certificate program. Cambridge College also offers a program with an initial teacher licensure in Moderate Disabilities in the state of Massachusetts combined with the approved BACB-approved sequence. The BACB-approved courses are delivered in a hybrid learning model that includes 15 hours of synchronous (live) instruction and 30 hours of online coursework. Cambridge College offers these programs in collaboration with the Evergreen Center and Beacon ABA Services.
52. Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis and Behavior Therapy at Eastern Michigan University
JAMES T. TODD (Eastern Michigan University), Ambreen Shahabuddin (Eastern Michigan University ), Caitlyn Sorensen (Eastern Michigan University), Aimee Moore (Eastern Michigan University), Leanna Gonzalez (Eastern Michigan University )
Abstract: Eastern Michigan University offers graduate education in clinical behavior analysis and behavior therapy at the master's level (2 years, thesis optional) and the doctoral level (APA accredited, 5 years with 4 years of tuition and stipend support) levels. 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 basic and applied laboratory facilities are available. The graduate course of study prepares the graduate to be a BCBA and for licensure at the master's and doctoral levels. A master's in experimental psychology, including options for behavioral research is available (thesis required).
53. Grand Valley State University’s Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Training Program
AMY L. MATTHEWS (Grand Valley State University), Amy Campbell (Grand Valley State University), Jamie S. Owen-DeSchryver (Grand Valley State University)
Abstract: The GVSU psychology department is offering an online graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that will allow students to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students in the program will learn behavior analytic principles, concepts, and behavior change strategies with an emphasis on application in educational settings with children demonstrating a variety of learning, social, and behavior support needs. Students will complete six courses (18 credits) that meet the 4th Edition Task List coursework requirements of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). A master’s degree in psychology, education, or behavior analysis is required for admission to the program, per the BACB degree eligibility requirements. Students will start the program in the fall semester with the pre-requisite course of the program sequence. Courses: Psy 522 ABA I: Foundational Principles (3 credits), Psy 523 ABA II: Application to Behavior Change (3 credits), Psy 550 Research in Applied Settings (3 credits), Psy 624 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (3 credits), Psy 527 Ethics and Diversity in Professional Practice (3 credits), Psy 525 Behavior Analysis Applied to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disorders (3 credits). For more information, contact Amy Matthews at or go to
54. M.Sc./PhD Applied Behaviour Analysis, National University of Ireland, Galway
HELENA LYDON (National University of Ireland Galway), Jennifer Holloway (National University of Ireland, Galway), Geraldine Leader (National University of Ireland)
Abstract: The School of Psychology at NUI Galway offers postgraduate training in Applied Behaviour Analysis at both Master’s (MSc) and Doctorate level (Ph.D). Both courses are accredited by the internationally-recognised Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®). The MSc is a taught programme that provides professional training in Applied Behaviour Analysis. The programme subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model, and provides students with thorough and integrated training in academic, practical, and research aspects of ABA. The Ph.D programme is a structured four-year Ph.D programme of study. This qualification articulates within the existing MSc in ABA and therefore combines the Ph.D thesis with the taught academic components and supervised work experience of the existing MSc programme. Students of the programmes have had their research published in peer reviewed journals and this poster will provide an overview of the research output of the programmes. Research streams include behavioral fluency, social skills intervention, investigation of co-morbidity in Autism, early intensive behavioral education, sleep and feeding, behavioural interventions for challenging behavior and mental health issues. In addition, students of the programmes have a 94% pass rate on the BCBA exam. Students have access to excellent research facilities, and are supervised by academic staff with international reputations in behaviour analysis. Graduates are qualified to work in the full spectrum of applied (educational and clinical), research, and academic settings.
55. Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science at Rollins College
APRIL M. WILLIAMS (Rollins College), Sarah K. Slocum (Rollins College)
Abstract: The mission of the Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science (ABACS) master’s program is to prepare individuals to take the certification exam administered by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board®. A secondary mission is to produce graduates who are skilled not only in behavior analysis but also in the science of clinical psychology. This program will prepare students for either master’s level professional practice in applied behavior analysis or for doctoral level work in clinical psychology or applied behavior analysis. The program is embedded in the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College, a small liberal arts college in the heart of Winter Park, FL. The program faculty are members of the Health Professions department within the College of Professional Studies. Students begin the program as a cohort in the fall term. Classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening. Up to 8 hours of prerequisite coursework may be required for students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
56. Master's of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Northridge
ELLIE KAZEMI (California State University, Northridge), Debra Berry Malmberg (California State University, Northridge), Tara A. Fahmie (California State University, Northridge)
Abstract: The Applied Behavior Analysis Master's program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) provides high quality graduate education and practical training. The curriculum was designed for students who wish to become effective and professional scientist-practitioners to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Our students receive two years of coursework in behavior analytic concepts, behavior measurement, intervention methods, as well as advanced coursework in human development, pathways to psychopathology, research methodology, and ethics. Our students complete a series of oral examinations as well as a culminating project prior to graduation. Our dedicated faculty supervise students through various community-based university practica experiences and research projects. While we prepare our students to practice as master's level Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), we also provide the research experience and foundations necessary for students who wish to pursue rigorous doctoral programs.
57. MS in Behavior Analysis at Salem State University
DARLENE E. CRONE-TODD (Salem State University), Amelia Mitchell-Storer (Salem State University)
Abstract: Why should you enroll in our Master of Science in behavior analysis program? We offer a flexible program that provides students the choice to focus their studies on experimental analysis of behavior (EAB) or applied behavior analysis (ABA), or a combination of both. Our expert faculty provide students with unique opportunities to conduct research work in laboratories focused on animal or human behavior. Our program includes a Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) approved course sequence to meet coursework requirements for eligibility to apply to the BACB for examinations related to certification, as well as conceptual and experimental seminars in behavior analysis. Housed in the Department of Psychology, this program requires a total of 39 - 42.5 credits, and students enrolled full-time can complete this program within two years. Students may also enroll part-time to complete this program in three or four years depending on the number of courses taken per semester.

Pediatric School Psychology Doctoral Program With ABA Specialty at East Carolina University

JEANNIE A. GOLDEN (East Carolina University), Katy Scott (East Carolina University)

East Carolina University has a Pediatric School Psychology program that leads to a Ph.D. in Health Psychology and eligibility for licensure in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychologist. 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 National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association and/or the Association of Psychology Pre-doctoral and Internship Centers. Students can gain experiences in autism clinics, at the medical school, in hospitals, and/or in school systems.

59. Penn State Harrisburg ABA
JONATHAN W. IVY (Penn State Harrisburg), Kimberly A. Schreck (Penn State Harrisburg), Richard M. Foxx (Penn State Harrisburg)
Abstract: The program prepares graduates to function in community settings as applied behavior analysts, and provides the academic training necessary for graduates to apply for national board certification in behavior analysis. The overall model emphasizes the core areas of the discipline including the scientific basis of behavior analysis, as well as how biological, social, and individual differences affect human behavior. Training will emphasize the development of both assessment and intervention skills. The program will prepare graduates to work in hospitals, medical schools, mental health centers, health maintenance organizations, various educational settings, forensic settings, research facilities, and in center- and home-based programs for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. The program is intended for both part-time and full-time students. Courses will be scheduled for fall and spring semesters. Admission is in the fall and spring semesters only.
60. Penn State University's Graduate Programs in Special Education (Online and On Campus)
DAVID L. LEE (Penn State University), Richard M. Kubina Jr. (Penn State University), Erin M. Garthe (Penn State University)
Abstract: The Special Education program at Penn State University recently introduced an online M.Ed. in Special Education that gives students the opportunity to choose an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism, or Academic and Behavioral Supports. The ABA emphasis includes Penn State’s 18-credit, BACB-approved course sequence and the option to complete supervised experience hours via practicum. In residence programs on Penn State’s main campus in State College, Pennsylvania include M.S., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees. There are currently ten tenure-track faculty working in the program, with a diverse range of research interests including mild disabilities, severe disabilities, behavior disorders, school-based prevention, and augmentative and alternative communication. The faculty to student ratio is quite low, allowing students a great deal of individualized attention and the ability to work with advisers and mentors who have similar research and training goals. Information on all graduate programs, both online and on campus, and associated funding opportunities will be available.
61. Regis College Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Program
LAUREN BEAULIEU (Regis College), Jacquelyn M. MacDonald (Regis College)
Abstract: Students enrolled in our MS in ABA program will learn how to effectively apply behavior-analytic procedures to solve behavioral problems of social importance and improve conditions for those who exhibit problematic behavior and skill deficits. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has approved the course sequence (asterisked below) as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® has approved the practicum courses (double asterisked below) toward the experience requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Examination®. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify.

Rowan University Graduate Programs in Behavior Analysis

DENISE KERTH (Rowan University), Mary Louise E. Kerwin (Rowan University), Michelle Ennis Soreth (Rowan University), Bethany R. Raiff (Rowan University), Kimberly C. Kirby (Rowan University)

Rowan University is a rapidly growing public university located in southern New Jersey, approximately 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia. Rowan currently offers Behavior Analyst Certification Board , Inc (BACB) approved undergraduate and graduate coursework sequences for the BCaBA and BCBA. The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis is a 45 credit hour program that fulfills the coursework requirements for the BCBA. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is an 18 credit hour program that fulfills coursework requirements for the BCBA for individuals who already possess a masters degree in an approved field. The post-baccalaureate in ABA and undergraduate Specialization in Behavioral Services satisfy coursework requirements for the BCaBA. The training provided in Rowans on-campus undergraduate and graduate programs in behavior analysis are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in science of behavior and advanced skill in the broad and diverse applications of behavior analysis. Students are heavily involved in grant-supported faculty research and supervised fieldwork that represent a broad range of behavior analytic applications including pediatric feeding disorders, promotion of health behavior, drug & alcohol treatment, behavioral parent training, and the treatment of emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

63. Saint Louis University Applied Behavior Analysis Program
HEATHER LYNN LEWIS (Saint Louis University), Alyssa N. Wilson (Saint Louis University), Ashley Marie Lugo (Saint Louis University)
Abstract: Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Social Work Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Programs began in 2011 as one of the first schools in Missouri to offer a Master’s degree in behavior analysis. Today, the ABA programs offer three degree options: a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S. ABA), a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (M.S.W. ABA), and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students complete behavior analytic coursework, field practicum experience, research experience, and interdisciplinary practice. Students who attend SLU have the opportunity to engage in research and practice across a range of settings, from clinical out-patient to school based settings. Similarly, students practice and refine their clinical skills across a range of populations; from children and adults with intellectual disabilities, to substance-use and similar mental health disparities. The expo poster will highlight why students should attend SLU, and provide students an opportunity to engage in conversation with the faculty within the program.
64. Science, Skinner, and Surf: Behavior Analysis at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
CASEY OGBURN (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Ashleigh Leuck (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Anna Tillery (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Sammantha Harvin (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Ryan Blejewski (University of North Carolina Wilmington), Christine E. Hughes (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Abstract: At the University of North Carolina Wilmington we are dedicated to providing a well-rounded educational experience in the experimental analysis of behavior whether your subjects are human or nonhuman, in the lab or in the natural setting, engage in excessive behavior or need behavior shaped. We have two tracks in our Master's program in psychology in which students can study behavior analysis. All students take core courses in psychology, including statistics and research methods and in behavior analysis, including learning, small-n design, applied behavior analysis, and conceptual foundations. In addition, students complete an empirical thesis with a faculty member. Students in our applied behavior analysis track take additional courses in clinical psychology, complete a 10-week practicum course, and a 6-month internship. After graduating, the ABA students are eligible to sit for both the BACB certification exam and NC licensure as a psychological associate. Students also participate in a weekly graduate seminar in advanced topics in behavior analysis, regional and state conferences, and in ABAI.
65. Shenandoah University: Graduate Training Opportunities in Applied Behavior Analysis
BRANDON GREENE (Shenandoah University), Jason Craig (Shenandoah University/Grafton Integrated Health), Autumn Kaufman (Commonwealth Autism ), Courtney D Vaughan (Shenandoah University/Commonwealth Autism)
Abstract: Shenandoah University offers a Master's program in applied behavior analysis. The curriculum spans familiar topics in ABA—basic concepts, research methods, and autism. However, it also offers advance coursework in ABA as it pertains to organizational development, child welfare, family training, and related areas. The faculty at Shenandoah have a combined experience of 60 years in the field. The course sequence and practicum experiences are pre-approved by the BACB . The university, located in the cradle of the Civil War, is one of the most attractive campuses in the South, just an hour's drive from hiking, ski slopes, and the nation's capital. It boasts one of the nation's leading conservatories in music and theater, which has performed on stages around the world.

The Applied Behavior Analysis Program at Temple University

Amanda Guld Fisher (Temple University), MATTHEW TINCANI (Temple University), Philip N. Hineline (Temple University - Emeritus), Donald A. Hantula (Temple University), Saul Axelrod (Temple University), Shana E. Hornstein (Temple University)

The Applied Behavior Analysis program at Temple University prepares graduates to work in a variety of fields including education, developmental disabilities, autism, child protective services, mental health, residential supports, and rehabilitation and advances. Additionally, our certificate and professional development offerings enhance the knowledge and skills of current professionals, including but not limited to, regular and special education teachers, school psychologists, principals, guidance counselors, speech and language clinicians, occupational and physical therapists, reading specialists and home and school visitors.

67. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles and Orange County Campuses
LESLIE A. MORRISON (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Jennifer L. Beers (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Eric L. Carlson (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), L. Fernando Guerrero (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), David A. Pyles (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Henry D. Schlinger (The Chicago School, Los Angeles), Mitch Fryling (The Chicago School, Los Angeles )
Abstract: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Southern California campuses offer M.S. and Ph.D. programs that are designed to prepare students in a wide variety of specialization areas within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis program in Los Angeles and Orange County provide students with the training needed to understand the principles of Behavior Analysis and how they underlie applied practice. Students learn to implement Applied Behavior Analysis procedures correctly and ethically, and gain the skills needed in their professional progression, including eligibility for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®. The Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization program in Los Angeles expands upon the knowledge and skills learned in the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis program by strengthening students’ research and clinical skills, knowledge base, and training to become university professors and high-level supervisors and consultants. In addition, the Ph.D. Psychology, Behavior Analysis Specialization degree allows graduates to seek licensure as a Licensed Psychologist in the state of California.

The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism Program

KRISTINA VARGO (Sam Houston State University)

The Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism (LIDA) program at Sam Houston State University prepares students to become board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs). The program is designed for full-time students and working professionals, offering evening and online courses. Students who successfully complete the LIDA program coursework and a research project or thesis earn a Master of Arts degree in Special Education.


The Ph.D. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University

JASON C. VLADESCU (Caldwell University), April N. Kisamore (Caldwell University), Ruth M. DeBar (Caldwell University), Tina Sidener (Caldwell University), Sharon A. Reeve (Caldwell University), Kenneth F. Reeve (Caldwell University)

Caldwell University, a private liberal arts university located in a quiet suburban New Jersey community near New York City, offers a 90-credit Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis degree program. The core of the program consists of Caldwells ABAI-accredited 45-credit Master of Arts degree program in applied behavior analysis. Students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete a behavior analytic research dissertation mentored by a faculty member. The Ph.D. program prepares students to work in a variety of applied and academic settings. Caldwell Universitys state-of-the-art Center for Autism and ABA provides a BACB-approved practicum experience, and both basic and applied research opportunities, while serving the community. New Jersey also boasts many successful private agencies and public school programs that work with Caldwell University to support training in behavior analysis and to provide additional practicum experience and employment opportunities.

70. University of Massachusetts Lowell Master of Science in Autism Studies & Graduate Certificate Program
ROCIO ROSALES (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Rebecca A. Markovits (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Richard W. Serna (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Doreen Arcus (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Alice Frye (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Ashleigh Hillier (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Richard Siegel (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Abstract: The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers two graduate programs to prepare students to work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the field of behavior analysis: the Master of Science in Autism Studies and the Behavioral Intervention in Autism Graduate Certificate Program. The M.S. in Autism Studies Program is a 42-credit combination of online and face-to-face coursework and practical experiences that have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board™ (BACB). The program is designed to prepare students to work with individuals with ASD from a behavior analytic, developmental, and community perspective, thus enhancing their effectiveness as a professional and a practitioner. We employ a scientist-practitioner model, whereby students are encouraged to take an empirical approach to their clinical experiences. Students have ample opportunity to gain research experience during the two-year program, and are encouraged but not required to complete a thesis project. The Certificate Program provides an online BACB-approved six-course sequence aimed at developing the students’ conceptual and practical knowledge of behavior analysis and its application to individuals with ASD; students seek practicum experience on their own.
71. University of Saint Joseph - Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies - Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis
JOHN D. MOLTENI (University of Saint Joseph), Andrea B. Courtemanche (University of Saint Joseph), Laura B. Turner (University of Saint Joseph), Nicole C Groskreutz (University of Saint Joseph)
Abstract: This expo poster will outline the programs in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism available at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. The Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies offers several options for training in Applied Behavior Analysis including a Masters degree and Graduate and Undergraduate course sequences. Opportunities for students to engage in research and clinical training on-site and with arranged placements within community-based organizations and schools are also available. Faculty will be on site to discuss your professional goals and work with you to develop a program that meets your needs. All coursework at the graduate and undergraduate level is offered in the evening on-campus.
72. Whitworth University and Northwest Autism Center: A Collaboration for the Community
KIRA AUSTIN (Whitworth University)
Abstract: As a result of a recent state legal settlement, applied behavior analysis for children with developmental disabilities are now covered by medical insurance in Washington State. However, only individuals who are National Board Certified Behavior Analysts or are directly supervised by someone with these credentials are able to provide these services. The current demand far exceeds availability, both regionally and nationally. To respond to the needs of the community, one university collaborated with a variety of agencies to provide services to the local community. This presentation will describe the university’s applied behavior analysis coursework and building community support services. Through partnership with a regional behavior analytic therapy clinic the university has opened a university-based clinic to provide services to the community. The aforementioned law also required 3 hours of weekly therapy for the families of children in the clinic. This clinic will provide paid internships and supervision hours for university students in a Master’s in special education program in the applied behavior analysis track and pre-service marriage and family therapists. This poster will provide an overview of the university's program, coursework options, and community collaboration with outside agencies.
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