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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Expo Poster Session #139
ABAI Accredited Behavior Analysis Training Programs
Saturday, May 27, 2017
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D

Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board

ERICK M. DUBUQUE (Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board), Michael Perone (Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board)

This poster will provide an update on the Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board's (BAAB) standards and activities.

1a. ABAI Accredited Graduate Programs at The Ohio State University
SHEILA R. ALBER-MORGAN (The Ohio State University), Nancy A. Neef (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), Matthew Brock (The Ohio State University)
Abstract: The Ohio State University's (OSU) 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, ABAI-accredited since 1995, 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 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. An ABAI Accredited Graduate Training Program at McNeese State University
JOSEPH HACKER (McNeese State University)
Abstract: McNeese State University offers exciting learning opportunities in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. The only university in the state of Louisiana whose coursework is both BACB and ABAI approved, students have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis while participating in exciting opportunities for experience. The university has an on-site clinic where students can come in contact with both children and adults afflicted with autism and various other developmental disorders. The exciting experience opportunities facilitate the students’ ability to take their BACB exam immediately following graduation as this experience fulfills the requirements for an intensive practicum internship. In addition to the on-site clinic, McNeese State University utilizes on-site animal operant research laboratory, where students can further take part in different kinds of behavioral research. In addition to the exciting opportunities above, the opportunity exists for graduate students to gain a second concentration in their master’s degree in Experimental Psychology, paving the way for enrollment in a future PhD program. McNeese State University both has and will continue to graduate quality BCBAs and desires to extend its opportunities to students who may not know of the exciting learning experience available.
3. Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University Los Angeles
MICHELE D. WALLACE (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: The poster will present on the available programs at the California State University Los Angeles, including: Master degree in Counseling, Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA level), Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (BCaBA level) and Registered Behavior Analyst program. In addition, the poster will present information on the requirements of each program, the faculty, and will highlight recent projects from both the students and the faculty.
4. 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), Edward Justin Page (St. Cloud State University), Michele R. Traub (St. Cloud State University)
Abstract: The Applied Behavior Analysis 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.
5. Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at the University of South Florida
RAYMOND G. MILTENBERGER (University of South Florida)
Abstract: The Applied Behavior Analysis Program in the department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa offers programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. The doctoral program is designed to develop scientist-practitioners who are accomplished teachers and researchers. Students with a master’s degree in behavior analysis are welcome to apply to the three-year doctoral program. The two-year master’s program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International with a course sequence and practicum approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. The ABA master’s program at the University of South Florida welcomes applicants from students with good academic credentials who have coursework and experience in ABA (and a passion for ABA). Graduates of the master’s program have excellent clinical and research skills so they are prepared for their BCBA exam or for application to a doctoral program. The undergraduate minor in ABA provides the coursework needed for certification as a BCaBA. Students who take the ABA minor are successful applicants for graduate programs in ABA.
7. Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology
JOSE A. MARTINEZ-DIAZ (Florida Institute of Technology and ABA Tech), David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology), Joshua K. Pritchard (Florida Institute of Technology), Christopher A. Podlesnik (Florida Institute of Technology), Nicole Gravina (Florida Institute of Technology), Ada C. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Katie Nicholson (Florida Institute of Technology), Elbert Blakely (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Programs at the Florida Institute of Technology (Fl Tech) in Melbourne, Floridahas 3 on-campus masters degree programs, an on-campus Doctor of Philosophy program, and hybrid programs in behavior analysis across the country. On-campus masters degree programs are offered in applied behavior analysis, organizational behavior management, and applied behavior analysis plus organizational behavior management. The Ph.D. program is in Behavior Analysis. Fl Tech also operates the Scott Center for Autism Treatment and Research, which is an on-campus center serving individuals with autism and related disabilities. Translational and applied research are emphasized; students take part in faculty-supervised cutting-edge research in the field. The hybrid programs combine online and in-person instruction at various agencies around the U.S.; students complete their coursework and their practicum at these agencies under the supervision of a Fl Tech faculty member. The on-campus M.S. program application deadline is Feb 15 of each year; the Ph.D. program deadline is Jan 15 of each year. The hybrid program operates on a rolling admission basis.
8. Behavior Analysis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake
DESIREE DAWSON (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Leah Smith (University of Houston, Clear Lake), Kelsey Campbell (University of Houston, Clear Lake), Jennifer N. Fritz (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Sarah A. Lechago (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Dorothea C. Lerman (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 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. Research is all student-directed opening up opportunities to gain experience in basic research, research with typically developing individuals, adults with dementia, and various other populations. 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 Analysis Certification Board (BACB)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.
9. Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University
KAREN G. ANDERSON (West Virginia University), Regina A. Carroll (West Virginia University), Kennon Andy Lattal (West Virginia University), Michael Perone (West Virginia University), Lucie Romano (West Virginia University), Claire C. St. Peter (West Virginia University), Forrest Toegel (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The behavior analysis program at West Virginia University exists to train students in basic research, theory, and applications of behavior principles. Through research, course work, and practica, students develop skills in the experimental analysis of animal and human behavior, as well as a strong methodological and conceptual background for developing and applying behavioral technologies. The basic, conceptual, and applied areas are integrated in the curriculum; however a student may emphasize either basic or applied research. The goal of the program is to produce a psychologist who can function effectively in either an academic or an applied setting and who can use the principles and findings of the science of behavior in solving significant problems of human behavior.

Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas

EDWARD K. MORRIS (University of Kansas), Florence D. DiGennaro Reed (University of Kansas), Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas)

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: Basic principles of a natural science of behavior; research methods in basic and applied research, the latter including prevention and intervention research; historical and conceptual foundations; and 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.

11. Florida State University Panama City Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
HARRY ALLEN MURPHY (Florida State University Panama City), Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University), Amy S. Polick (Florida State University Panama City)
Abstract: Since its inception in 1999 more than 250 students have graduated from the Florida State University master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis. The program was designed specifically to prepare students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts with skills applicable to a wide variety of settings and populations. All students have assistantships via placements with approved behavior analytic agencies. This includes a tuition waiver. Classes are offered face-to-face by an all PhD faculty. Students may reside in Panama City or Tallahassee.
12. Graduate Training in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas
Jesus Rosales-Ruiz (University of North Texas), RICHARD G. SMITH (University of North Texas), Manish Vaidya (University of North Texas), Shahla Ala'i-Rosales (University of North Texas), Traci M. Cihon (University of North Texas), Karen A. Toussaint (University of North Texas), Einar T. Ingvarsson (University of North Texas), Daniele Ortu (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.
13. Master’s Program at Jacksonville State University in Alabama
PAIGE M. MCKERCHAR (Jacksonville State University), Makenzie Williams Bayles (Jacksonville State University), Jennifer Lynne Bruzek (Jacksonville State University), Todd L. McKerchar (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, research, and thesis 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 they 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, as well as an opportunity to meet current faculty and students.
14. Masters and Doctoral Training in Behavior Analysis On and Off Campus at Southern Illinois University
ERICA JOWETT HIRST (Southern Illinois University), Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University), Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University), Ryan N. Redner (Southern Illinois University), Michael E. May (Southern Illinois University), Jason M. Hirst (Southern Illinois University)
Abstract: Southern Illinois University offers degree programs at all levels: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral. A Master's degree may be earned on campus (Carbondale) or off campus (online/Chicagoland), and a Bachelor's or Ph.D. may be earned on campus. The Master's degree program fulfills BACB requirements for the degree, coursework, and supervised experience; therefore, graduates are eligible to sit for the BCBA exam. In addition, for those who already hold a Master's degree and are seeking certification as a BCBA, SIUC offers the BACB course sequence fully online.
15. 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 accreditation in 2005, 2010 and 2015 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. Additionally, an on-line Masters degree program was started in the Fall, 2016. 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.
16. The Master of Arts 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)
Abstract: Caldwell University, a private liberal arts university located in a quiet suburban New Jersey community near New York City, offers a BAAB©-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 intensive practicum experience, and both basic and applied research opportunities, while serving individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. New Jersey also boasts many successful private agencies and public school programs that work with Caldwell University to provide employment opportunities for graduates of the program.
17. The Programs in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis at Columbia University Teachers College
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 Columbia University Teachers College. 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.
18. University of Maryland, Baltimore County Applied Behavior Analysis Track
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: The UMBC Department of Psychology together with the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Department of Behavioral Psychology are uniquely suited to prepare students as professionals in the practice of behavior analysis.
19. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute: Doctoral Training in Applied Behavior Analysis
CHRISTY WILLIAMS (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Med), Wayne W. Fisher (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Nicole M. Rodriguez (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), William J. Higgins (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Keith D. Allen (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Cathleen C. Piazza (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Kevin C. Luczynski (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Mark D. Shriver (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.
20. Behavior Analysis Program at the 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), Steven C. Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno), Matt Locey (University of Nevada, Reno), W. Larry Williams (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This year marks the 26th Anniversary of the Behavior Analysis Program at UNR. We look forward to celebrating the following accomplishments with our colleagues and students at ABAI 2017: We were awarded the Organizational Enduring Contribution to Behavior Analysis by the Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis in May 2010. Our Program has Conferred over 40 Ph.D. degrees. Our On-Campus Masters program has conferred over 80 Masters degrees. Our Satellite Masters program has conferred over 100 Off-campus Masters degrees in multiple national and in international locations. * Our undergraduate specialization in Behavior Analysis received the ABAI accreditation in 2016.
21. University of Nevada, Reno Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno), Christina M. Peters (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This poster describes the Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis offered by the University of Nevada, Reno. Three online programs are offered. The first of these is a full Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analytic Psychology. This program is the only online Masters’ Degree Program accredited by the Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The other two programs include course sequences at the graduate and undergraduate levels. All three programs are recognized Approved Course Sequences by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. The poster describes the curricula for each of these programs, timelines for completion, admission requirements, and other information. The aim of this presentation is to recruit students who do not otherwise have access to behavior analytic training in their home regions. The University of Nevada, Reno has been delivering satellite programs in behavior analysis for more than 20 years, serving students in multiple US states as well as in the countries of Canada, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
22. Western Michigan University: ABAI Accredited MA and Ph.D. Programs in Behavior Analysis
CYNTHIA J. PIETRAS (Western Michigan University), Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University), Jessica E. Frieder (Western Michigan University), Richard Wayne Fuqua (Western Michigan University), Ron Van Houten (Western Michigan University), Anthony DeFulio (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis (BA) masters and doctoral programs at WMU provide intense training in the conceptual, basic, and applied foundations of behavior analysis. In addition to giving students substantial training in a core specialty area (e.g., autism and developmental disabilities, health or safety, behavioral pharmacology, experimental analysis of behavior), the program exposes students to a broad range of applied and experimental areas through coursework, research, and applied experiences. The masters program prepares students for doctoral study or employment at the M.A. level in autism/developmental disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, education, government, and business and industry. The Ph.D. program prepares students for roles as professors and researchers in college or university settings, or systems-oriented applied positions in the human services.
Keyword(s): Accredited Programs



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