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.

CBS Concentration 2022

CBS Coordinators

Each concentration must designate one individual as the Culturo-Behavioral Science Coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for the communication between the institution and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The coordinator submits the application, maintains accurate records, completes the renewal application, and communicates sequence requirements to students. 


CBS Coordinator Qualifications

The CBS Coordinator must do the following:

  • Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Have broad and working knowledge through experience of all three CBS content areas: basic principles, behavioral systems analysis, and applying cultural analysis on multiple levels of organized complexity.
  • Hold full-time faculty status (e.g. professor, program chair, department head) at the institution in which the VCS is offered;
  • And, be authorized by the academic or administrative head of the institutional unit (e.g. department, college) to make decisions, including payment of application fees, on behalf of the proposed course sequence and all of its students and instructors. 

Documentation requirements and templates to submit qualifications are below and in the application system. 


CBS Instructor Qualifications

Each instructor must be a faculty member at the institution offering the CBS concentration. Instructor qualifications must be submitted during the application process and prior to delivering any instruction. The application system generates an invitation to instructors for submission of their information, qualification, and supporting documentation.  


Instructor Requirements

Instructors must meet the following criteria to teach in the CBS concentration:

  • Hold a doctoral degree from an accredited higher education institution.
    • Documentation:
      • An updated curriculum vitae,
      • And, transcripts showing degree and coursework
  • Have specific knowledge and experience relevant to the content area of which they teach in the CBS concentration.
    • Documentation: 
      • A brief narrative letter indicating the content area they intend to teach and how their experience or contributions meet the qualifications to teach course(s) in the CBS concentration. Demonstrated experience relevant to the CBS concentration may include one of the three areas below (this list is not exhaustive):
        • Taught and/or completed coursework
          • Principles of behavior analysis, advanced concepts,
          • behavioral systems analysis, organizational behavior management, cultural change, behavioral systems engineering model, total performance system, areas of social problems, technology, organizational culture, etc.
        • Conducted research in CBS or translational research
          • Must have published one article with the following characteristics:
            • Behavior analytic in nature and related to culturo-behavior science;
            • At least one experimental evaluation;
            • Published in a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal;
            • First, second, or corresponding author;
            • Published at any time in their career
            • Translational research:
              • Example areas: behavior economics in public administration, non-government or government, technology, innovating startups, artificial intelligence, pedagogy, medicine, climate change, etc.
          • Engaged in service/applied experience
            • Direct involvement with legal, political, behavioral regulations or policy development;
            • Involvement with a coalition or task-force focused on the areas with culturo-behavior science;
            • Editorial position; published work, book reviews, or authorship, etc.

    Instructor Qualification Documentation- The instructor qualification document and curriculum vitae must be uploaded to the instructor agreement page.


    Doctoral Student Instructors

    A doctoral student may meet the instructor qualification to teach a basic principles course. The doctoral student must be enrolled in a behavior-analytic doctoral program (e.g., an ABAI accredited doctoral program) at the applying institution or at another institution with a CBS concentration, with all coursework requirements complete (e.g., all-but-dissertation status).

    • Documentation:  
      • Transcripts showing coursework 
      • A letter from an official at the applying institution attesting to the individual’s academic status within the doctoral program (all course requirements complete); 
      • And, unless the program is ABAI-accredited, institutional materials (e.g., official program description, graduate catalog) showing that the program is behavior-analytic.

    Doctoral Student Instructor Qualification DocumentationThe doctoral student instructor qualification document and curriculum vitae must be uploaded to the instructor agreement page.


    CBS Supervisor Qualifications

    The supervisor of experiential learning assists with the student’s applied CBS experience. The supervisor must have a working relationship with the supervising faculty to ensure the student obtains the necessary skills. The supervisor is not required to hold a doctoral degree or hold a faculty position in the training program offering the CBS concentration, so long as they are an employee of the site where the experiential learning will occur.

    CBS Supervisor Qualification DocumentationThe supervisor qualification document and resume/curriculum vitae must be uploaded to the instructor agreement page.


    By serving both U.S. and non-U.S. programs, ABAI's role is to establish the minimum qualifications for instructors in the CBS concentration. Instructors must also meet requirements of their institution's regional/national accrediting agency. 




    Modifed by Eddie Soh