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.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Expo Poster Session #108
Accredited Behavior Analysis Programs
Saturday, May 23, 2015
8:00 PM–10:30 PM
Exhibit Hall C (CC)
1. 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), Moira Konrad (The Ohio State University), Nancy A. Neef (The Ohio State University), Diane M. Sainato (The Ohio State University), Terri Hessler (The Ohio State University at Newark), Matthew Brock (The Ohio State University)
Abstract: 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 Programs (Doctoral Degree, Master's Degree, and Undergraduate Minor) at the University of South Florida
RAYMOND G. MILTENBERGER (University of South Florida), Sarah E. Bloom (University of South Florida), Andrew L. Samaha (University of South Florida)
Abstract: This poster describes the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at the University of South Florida. The academic programs at USF include the ABA Minor, ABA Master’s Program, and ABA Doctoral Program. The ABA Master’s Program is ABAI Accredited and BACB approved. The ABA Minor is also BACB approved. The ABA Doctoral Program, designed to meet ABAI Accreditation Standards, was recently approved and began in the fall of 2013. The 15 credit hour ABA Minor provides the coursework needed to prepare students for BACB certification and for admission to a behavior analysis graduate program. The 46 credit hour ABA Master’s Program integrates coursework, research, and practice to produce master’s level behavior analysts who are trained as researchers and practitioners. The new ABA doctoral program accepts students with a master’s degree in ABA and consists of 54 credit hours (21 credit hours of coursework, 18 hours of dissertation, and 15 credit hours of independent research). The doctoral program focuses on scientist-practitioner training to prepare students for academic positions, research positions, and leadership positions.
3. Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Los Angeles
MICHELE D. WALLACE (California State University, Los Angeles), Randy V. Campbell (California State University, Los Angeles), Mitch Fryling (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: The poster will highlight the applied behavior analysis program at California State University, Los Angeles. Moreover, course requirements and application processes will be discussed. In addition, a summary of the core faculty will be provided.
4. Applied Behavior Analysis at McNeese State University
JOSEPH HACKER (McNeese State University), Alfred Royal Tuminello (McNeese State University), Kaycie A. Frey-Stacy (McNeese State University), Lettie Alexander (McNeese State University), Nelson Dronet (McNeese State University), Megan Cross (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 purse a doctoral degree in psychology or behavior analysis.
5. Applied Behavior Analysis at St. Cloud State University
KIMBERLY A. SCHULZE (St. Cloud State University), Eric Rudrud (St. Cloud State University), Benjamin N. Witts (St. Cloud State University), Julie A. Ackerlund Brandt (St Cloud State University)
Abstract: The ABA program at SCSU offers the BCaBA and BCBA courses as well as a M.S. degree in ABA. Our programs are available on-campus and on-line. The M.S. program is accredited by ABAI, and the BCaBA and BCBA course sequences are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Graduates of the M.S. program have gone on to work in a variety of human service agencies, educational settings, and as independent consultants. A number of our graduates have also completed doctoral degrees and pursued careers in academia.
6. Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
JOHN C. BORRERO (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Jolene R. Sy (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Carrie S. W. Borrero (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Nicole Lynn Hausman (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Abstract: Applied behavior analysis requires accountability in its service delivery. The UMBC M.A. track is responsive to the increasing call for such services and fills a gap in the availability of such programs in the mid- Atlantic region. The UMBC Department of Psychology together with the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s (KKI) Department of Behavioral Psychology are uniquely suited to support a rigorous program in applied behavior analysis. The track is accredited by the Association of Behavior Analysis International and is included in the list of programs approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, so that students who have completed our M.A. degree are qualified and well prepared to sit for the BCBA certification examination.
7. Applied Behavior Analysis at University of Houston-Clear Lake
TARAH BOWSER (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Danielle Dupuis (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Lauren Phillips (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Lisa Rettig (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Dorothea C. Lerman (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Jennifer N. Fritz (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Sarah A. Lechago (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 applied behavior analysis and psychology 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 individual research projects and deliver original community presentations 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.
8. Applied Behavioral Science at University of Kansas
DEREK D. REED (The University of Kansas), Florence D. DiGennaro Reed (University of Kansas), Claudia L. Dozier (The University of Kansas), David P. Jarmolowicz (The University of Kansas), Edward K. Morris (The University of Kansas), Pamela L. Neidert (The University of Kansas)
Abstract: The Department of Applied Behavior Science is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas. It comprises 16 regular faculty members, 55 adjunct and courtesy faculty members, more than 200 undergraduate majors, and over 40 doctoral students. The Department exists because a natural science of behavior uniquely helps us understand and improve the human condition locally, nationally, and globally. Our graduate mission is to train scientist-practitioners and researchers in the discovery, production, translation, application, and communication of knowledge for the same purposes. These missions entail four domains of teaching, training, and research: 1. Basic principles of a natural science of behavior; 2. Research methods in basic and applied research, the latter including prevention and intervention research; 3. Historical, conceptual, and comparative foundations; and 4. The extension and application of these domains for understanding and improving the human condition. What makes our missions unique is their foundation in a science of behavior, dedication to rigorous standards of experimental proof, and applications of the science and these standards to solving socially relevant problems. Rigor and relevance, together, are the Department's hallmark, both in making knowledge and taking it to practice.
9. Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology
DAVID A. WILDER (Florida Institute of Technology), Alison M. Betz (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), Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson (Florida Institute of Technology), Chris Podlesnik (Florida Institute of Technology), Jose A. Martinez-Diaz (Florida Institute of Technology and ABA Tech)
Abstract: The on-campus M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology will be presented.
10. Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University
ELIZABETH KYONKA (West Virginia University), Karen G. Anderson (West Virginia University), Regina A. Carroll (West Virginia University), James E. Cook (West Virginia University), Apral Foreman (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.
11. 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), Matthew Locey (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 2015: • 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.
12. Behavior Analysis Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
MIRELA CENGHER (City University of New York, The Graduate Center), Mariam Chohan (Queens College), Bruce L. Brown (Queens College)
Abstract: 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 Behavior Analysis Training Area program is accredited in behavior analysis by the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and its curriculum is preapproved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
13. Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University
GREGORY P. HANLEY (Western New England University)
Abstract: Through a combination of coursework and supervised practical and research experiences, the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University is designed to provide advanced training and authentic experiences for researchers, teachers, and practitioners in Behavior Analysis. The primary aim is to train researchers and scientist-practitioners in the discovery, translation, and application of knowledge toward solving human behavior problems of societal importance. The program prepares students to successfully embark on academic and research careers, as well as careers in the delivery of behavior analysis services. Knowledge and skills are developed through an intensive, 3-year, full time curriculum of (a) formal course work encompassing conceptual, historical, translational, basic, and applied domains of behavior analysis, research and scholarship, professional communication, legal and ethical issues, and teaching; (b) supervised practicum experiences integrating research, college teaching/advising, and professional practice; (c) a requirement to write, present, and defend a publication-quality, extensive, integrated, and critical review of basic, applied, or conceptual literature relevant to behavior analysis; and (d) a requirement to propose, conduct, write, present, and defend an empirical dissertation whose questions and methods are based on a behavior-analytic approach.
14. Florida State University Panama City Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
H. ALLEN MURPHY (Florida State University Panama City), Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University), Amy S. Polick (Florida State University Panama City)
Abstract: The Florida State University Panama City master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis has been established since 1999. The program has been accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International since 2007. The course sequence and practicum are both approved by the Behavior Analyst certification Board. Since its inception 200 students have graduated and gone on to productive careers across the country. Other graduates have continued their education through acceptance to top notch doctoral programs.
15. 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 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)
Abstract: 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.
16. 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), Jennifer Lynne Bruzek (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 master’s 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.
17. Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University
APRIL N. KISAMORE (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University), Ruth M. DeBar (Caldwell University), Tina Sidener (Caldwell University), Sharon A. Reeve (Caldwell University), Kenneth F. Reeve (Caldwell University)
Abstract: Caldwell University, a private liberal arts university located in a quiet suburban New Jersey community near New York City, offers an ABAI©-accredited 45-credit Master of Arts degree program in applied behavior analysis. The core of the program consists of a BACB-approved eight-course sequence (24 credits). Students in the MA program are required to complete a behavior analytic research thesis mentored by a faculty member. The MA program prepares students to work in a variety of applied settings and for further doctoral study. Caldwell University’s 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.
18. Masters and Ph.D. Training at Southern Illinois University
JOEL ERIC RINGDAHL (Southern Illinois University), Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University), Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University), Jonathan C. Baker (Southern Illinois University)
Abstract: Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers Masters and Doctoral level specialization in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. The master’s 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 fulfill 45 semester hours, and the doctoral degree requirements are 96 semester hours for the doctoral courses (up to 30 hours from a master’s 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.
19. Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
ANNE BAKKE (Akershus University College), Britt Andersen (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Ingunn Sandaker (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Gunnar Ree (Akershus University College, Norway)
Abstract: The Department of Behavioral Science at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences offers a Bachelor's program in psychology with an emphasis on behavior analysis, and a Master's program in Learning in complex systems. Both programs were accredited by ABAI in October, 2015. Both programs are approved by BACB.
20. Post Graduate Opportunities in Behavior Analysis in Norway
INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sc), Anne Bakke (Akershus University College), Britt Andersen (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Gunnar Ree (Akershus University College, Norway)
Abstract: The Department of Behavioral Science at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences offers a Bachelor’s program in psychology with an emphasis on behavior analysis, and a Master’s program in Learning in complex systems. Both programs were accredited by ABAI in October 2015. Both programs are approved by BACB.
21. The Behavior Analysis Program at Simmons College
RUSSELL W. MAGUIRE (Simmons College)
Abstract: The Master's Degree program in Behavior Analysis was started in 2000 and received course approval from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) that same year. The Master's Degree program then met the eligibility standards for its initial accreditation (2005) by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). In 2006 a Ph.D. program in Applied Behavior Analysis was launched and in 2008 the Department of Behavior Analysis was created. Since that time enrollment in both programs has grown markedly. Post-graduate school employment for Masters student is close 1to 100% and the pass rate on the BACB examination is above 80% (BACB, 2013). Finally, our faculty is supplemented by the participation of esteemed Behaviorists, such as Dr. David Palmer, Dr. Vince Carbone, Dr. Harry Mackay, Dr. Phil Chase, Dr. Julie Vargas, Dr. Ted Carr, Dr. Carol Pilgrim, etc. as Instructors, Dissertation Committee members or Invited Speakers at our Annual Conference.
22. The Graduate Programs in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University
JESSICA SINGER-DUDEK (Teachers College, Columbia University), R. Douglas Greer (Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
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.
23. University of Cincinnati School Psychology Program
RENEE HAWKINS (University of Cincinnati), Tai Collins (University of Cincinnati), Janet L. Graden (University of Cincinnati), Julie Morrison (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 skilled 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 fields of education and psychology 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.
24. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute: Doctoral Training in Applied Behavior Analysis
CHRISTY WILLIAMS (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Wayne W. Fisher (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Joseph H. Evans (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Valerie M. Volkert (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Cathleen C. Piazza (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Nicole M. Rodriguez (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Kevin C. Luczynski (University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute), Suzanne M. Milnes (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Abstract: Behavior analysis began as a subfield of psychology and over time has developed a number of unique assessments and treatment procedures that are not routinely covered in traditional psychology training programs. Behavior analysis has three primary branches: (a) behaviorism, which focuses on the world view or philosophy of behavior analysis; (b) the experimental analysis of behavior, which identifies and analyzes basic principles and processes that explain behavior; and (c) applied behavior analysis (ABA), which analyses and solves problems of social importance using the principles and procedures of behavior analysis. Our doctoral program provides instruction and training in all three of these areas, with a primary focus on applied behavior analysis with children, adolescents, and families. The guiding philosophy of the program is that learning is maximized by integrating didactic and experiential instruction such that principles and concepts are introduced in the classroom and immediately applied in coordinated clinical and research practica.
25. Western Michigan University's Behavior Analysis Program
JESSICA E. FRIEDER (Western Michigan University), Cynthia J. Pietras (Western Michigan University), R. Wayne Fuqua (Western Michigan University), Richard W. Malott (Western Michigan University), Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University), Denise Ross (Western Michigan University), Ron Van Houten (Western Michigan University), Lisa E. Baker (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: 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.



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