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.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Expo Poster Session #173
ABAI Accredited Behavior Analysis Training Programs
Saturday, May 26, 2018
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Marriott Marquis, Pacific Ballroom

ABAI Accreditation Board

Michael Perone (West Virginia University), JENNA LYNN MRLJAK (Association for Behavior Analysis International)

This poster will provide an update on the ABAI Accreditation Board's standards and activities.

50. Caldwell University’s Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
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 a 45-credit Master of Arts degree program in applied behavior analysis that is accredited by the Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board© of ABAI©. 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 on-campus Center for Autism and ABA provides a BACB©-approved intensive practicum experience, with both basic and applied research opportunities, while serving individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. New Jersey also has many successful private agencies and public school programs that work with Caldwell University to provide employment opportunities for graduates of the program.
51. California State University, Los Angeles - Applied Behavior Analysis Program
MICHELE D. WALLACE (California State University, Los Angeles), Randy V. Campbell (California State University, Los Angeles), Mitch Fryling (California State University, Los Angeles)
Abstract: This poster will provide an overview of the M.S. program in Counseling, option in Applied Behavior Analysis, at California State University, Los Angeles. This will include providing a description of the comprehensive training students receive in the program, emphasizing the theoretical/conceptual, basic, applied, and service delivery domains of the discipline. Our unique fieldwork sequence is also described, which involves a carefully sequenced series of behavioral skills based competencies. Students in the M.S. ABA program are permitted to complete the program by completing a thesis research project or an oral comprehensive exam. The program is primarily offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, during the day, so students can provide their employers with a steady schedule of their availability for fieldwork hours throughout the program. Being an option within the M.S. Counseling degree program, the Applied Behavior Analysis program at CSULA also includes training in general counseling skills and human development across the lifespan.

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), Daniel Mark Fienup (Columbia University), Jessica Singer-Dudek (Columbia University Teachers College)

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.

53. Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology
DAVID A. WILDER (Florida Institute of Technology), Jose A. Martinez-Diaz (Florida Institute of Technology and ABA Tech), Nicole Gravina (Florida Institute of Technology), Ada C. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Katie Nicholson (Florida Institute of Technology), Christopher A. Podlesnik (Florida Institute of Technology), Nicholas Weatherly (Florida Institute of Technology), Elbert Blakely (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Programs at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL will be described. Four on-campus programs will be highlighted: the MS in applied behavior analysis (ABA), the MS in organizational behavior management (OBM), the MS in ABA + OBM, and the Ph.D. program in Behavior Analysis will be described. The coursework, faculty, and practicum opportunities will be highlighted.
54. 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)
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.
55. ABAI Accredited Graduate Programs in Special Education at The Ohio State University
SHEILA R. ALBER-MORGAN (The Ohio State University), Nancy A. Neef (The Ohio State University), Moira Konrad (The Ohio State University), Ralph Gardner III (The Ohio State University), Helen I. Cannella-Malone (The Ohio State University), Matthew Brock (The Ohio State University), Terri Hessler (The Ohio State University at Newark)
Abstract: The Ohio State University's (OSU) ABAI-accredited graduate programs in special education have been advancing the study of applied behavior analysis for over 40 years. 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.
56. 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 1 to 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.

Southern Illinois University Behavior Analysis & Therapy Program

JOSHUA K. PRITCHARD (Southern Illinois University), Mark R. Dixon (Southern Illinois University), Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University), Ryan N. Redner (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), Erica Jowett Hirst (Southern Illinois University), Jason M. Hirst (Southern Illinois University), Michael E. May (Southern Illinois University), John Pingo (Goldie B. Floberg Center; Southern Illinois University)

Southern Illinois University (SIU) has an undergraduate degree program, an online VCS certificate program, two terminal master's degree programs, and a doctoral training program in behavior analysis. Come visit the world's first terminal master's degree program in behavior analysis and find out which of our degrees is the best fit for you!

58. MS in Applied Behavior Analysis at St. Cloud State University
MICHELE R. TRAUB (St. Cloud State University), Benjamin N. Witts (St. Cloud State University), Kimberly A. Schulze (St. Cloud State University), Eric Rudrud (St. Cloud State University)
Abstract: St. Cloud State University's Master's Degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis is accredited by the Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board (BAAB) and features campus and distance options. Our campus students complete their coursework in one year, allowing maximum flexibility in internship placements as they are not geographically bound to campus in the second year. Our distance students come from all 50 states, all Canadian provinces, and over 25 countries around the world. SCSU graduates have the highest first-time pass rate (96%) on the BCBA exam of any online course sequence. Research opportunities are available in many areas of behavioral application, including basic and human operant laboratories, behavioral health, gambling, school consultation, and sports performance. Master's students are also eligible for graduate assistantships and scholarships, and our students routinely present and publish their work regionally, nationally, and internationally.
59. University of Cincinnati ABAI Accredited School Psychology Programs
Renee Hawkins (University of Cincinnati), Tai Collins (University of Cincinnati), JAYNE MEREDITH MURPHY (University of Cincinnati)
Abstract: The ABAI accredited Ed.S. and Ph.D. School Psychology Programs at the University of Cincinnati are dedicated to preparing highly competent professional school psychologists in accord with the scientist-practitioner model. As a result of their comprehensive training, graduates are prepared to make significant contributions to the challenging field of education through up-to-date professional practice, research, child and family advocacy, and leadership for best practices. The poster will describe the training model and curriculum of the Programs and provide important information for those considering a career in school psychology.

University of Kansas Department of Applied Behavioral Science

EDWARD K. MORRIS (University of Kansas), Florence D. DiGennaro Reed (University of Kansas), Vincent Thomas Francisco (University of Kansas), David P. Jarmolowicz (University of Kansas), Pamela L. Neidert (University of Kansas), Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas), Thomas L. Zane (University of Kansas), Jan B. Sheldon (University of Kansas)

The Department of Applied Behavior Science at the University of Kansas is housed in the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It has 12 regular behavior analysis faculty members, 7 faculty members in clinical child psychology, and over 50 adjunct and courtesy faculty members, 200 undergraduate majors, and 40 graduate students, mainly doctoral students. It offers a master's degree in applied behavioral science and a doctoral degree is in behavioral psychology. The graduate program's mission is to train scientists and practitioners in the discovery, production, translation, application, and communication of knowledge in behavior analysis. This includes teaching and mentoring, research and scholarship, and service related to (a) the basic principles of a natural science of behavior; (b) research methods in basic and applied research, including prevention and intervention research; (c) the field's historical and conceptual foundations; and (d) applications for understanding and improving the human condition -- locally, nationally, and globally. The program is unique in advancing rigor and relevance in making knowledge and taking it to practice.

61. Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis at University of Houston, Clear Lake
TAYLOR CUSTER (University of Houston Clear Lake), Sarah Williams (University of Houston, Clear Lake), Yuhui Michelle Wang (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 theoretical and conceptual issues of behavior analysis and the application of basic 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. Research is student-directed, with opportunities to gain experience in a variety of areas and with various populations. The program is accredited by ABAI and includes a course sequence and practicum that have been approved by the Behavior Analysis 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 for eligibility to be a Texas Licensed Behavior Analyst. Furthermore, graduates will be prepared to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology or behavior analysis.
63. University of Maryland, Baltimore County Applied Behavior Analysis M.A. Track
JOLENE R. SY (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), John C. Borrero (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. Our track is accredited by ABAI. Our course sequence is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
64. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute: Doctoral Training in Applied Behavior Analysis
CHRISTY WILLIAMS (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, ), Wayne W. Fisher (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), Keith D. Allen (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center), Kevin C. Luczynski (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.
65. 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 27th Anniversary of the Behavior Analysis Program at UNR. We look forward to providing an overview of our Program updates including the areas of training, faculty scholarly interests, application requirements for those who are interest in our Masters and Ph.D. degrees, and graduate funding opportunities. The update will reflect the following accomplishments: • 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. • Our undergraduate training in Behavior Analysis received the ABAI accreditation in 2016.
66. University of Nevada, Reno Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno), Christina M. Peters (University of Nevada, Reno), Jamiika Thomas (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 ABAI Accreditation Board. 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 and include approved practica. 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 25 years, serving students in multiple US states as well as in the countries of Canada, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
67. University of North Texas: Graduate Program in Behavior Analysis
JESUS ROSALES-RUIZ (University of North Texas), Shahla Alai-Rosales (University Of North Texas), April M. Becker (University of North Texas), Traci M. Cihon (University of North Texas), Daniele Ortu (University of North Texas), Richard G. Smith (University of North Texas), Karen A. Toussaint (University of North Texas)
Abstract: This poster provides an overview of the graduate program at UNT. The poster includes a description of faculty interests & expertise, courses and field experience, basic and applied research lab, and general information about the University of North Texas.
69. Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate 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 graduate programs at doctoral and master’s 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, on campus MS program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International with a course sequence and practicum approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. The MS program welcomes applicants from students with good academic credentials who have coursework and experience in ABA (and a passion for ABA). Graduates of the MS program have excellent clinical and research skills so they are prepared for their BCBA exam or for application to a doctoral program. The two-year online MA program (also with a course sequence and practicum program approved by the BACB) accepts students for admission in the fall and spring semesters. The MA program is fully online so it caters to RBTs or BCaBAs who want to continue their education and work toward their MA while currently working in the field.

Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University

Karen G. Anderson (West Virginia University), Kathryn M. Kestner (West Virginia University), Kennon Andy Lattal (West Virginia University), Michael Perone (West Virginia University), CLAIRE C. ST. PETER (West Virginia University), Daniel Bell-Garrison (West Virginia University), Claudia C Diaz-Salvat (West Virginia University)

The behavior analysis program 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.

71. Western Michigan University: MA and Ph.D. Programs in Behavior Analysis
STEPHANIE M. PETERSON (Western Michigan University), Richard Wayne Fuqua (Western Michigan University), Jessica E. Frieder (Western Michigan University), Cynthia J. Pietras (Western Michigan University), Ron Van Houten (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.



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