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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Expo Poster Session #169
ABAI Accredited Behavior Analysis Training Programs
Saturday, May 25, 2019
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Hyatt Regency East, Exhibit Level, Riverside Exhibit Hall
1. ABAI Accreditation Board
JENNA LYNN MRLJAK (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Abstract: This poster will provide an update on ABAI's Accreditation Board's standards and activities.
2. Master’s Program at Jacksonville State University in Alabama
Makenzie Williams Bayles (Jacksonville State University), Jennifer Lynne Bruzek (Jacksonville State University), PAIGE M. MCKERCHAR (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.
3. 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 Analyst 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.
4. Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology
NICHOLAS WEATHERLY (Florida Institute of Technology), Jose A. Martinez-Diaz (Florida Institute of Technology and ABA Tech), David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology), Ada C. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Christopher A. Podlesnik (Florida Institute of Technology), Katie Nicholson (Florida Institute of Technology), Rachael Tilka (Florida Institute of Technology), Elbert Blakely (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: The mission of Florida Tech's Behavior Analysis Degree Programs is to produce competent behavior-analytic practitioners and consultants, who are solidly grounded in basic principles derived from the experimental analysis of behavior (EAB), who approach the world from a radical behaviorist perspective, who will continue to inform their practice with current research findings, contribute to behavioral research, who attain BCBA certification, and who are prepared to enter doctoral programs. Florida Tech currently has a M.S. in ABA offered at both our Melbourne and Orlando campuses, along with a M.S. in OBM, a M.S. in ABA+OBM, and a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis offered at our Melbourne campus. Florida Tech also offers an online M.A. in Professional Behavior Analysis and a number of certification and CE opportunities.
5. Florida State University Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
JON S. BAILEY (Florida State University), Harry Allen Murphy (Florida State University Panama City), Amy S. Polick (Florida State University Panama City), Leah Julia Koehler (Florida State University Panama City)
Abstract: Florida State University's master's program in Applied Behavior will be completing its 20th year with approximately 300 graduates. This is a terminal, non-thesis, program specifically designed to prepare students to become ethical, competent Board Certified Behavior Analysts who can work across a variety of settings and populations. All classes are taught face-to-face by BCBA-D faculty. Students have the option of living in Panama City or Tallahassee. All students have paid assistantships with approved behavior analytic agencies and receive a tuition waiver.
6. Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas
Claudia L. Dozier (The University of Kansas), Vincent Thomas Francisco (University of Kansas), David P. Jarmolowicz (The University of Kansas), Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas), Pamela L. Neidert (The University of Kansas), DEREK D. REED (University of Kansas), Jomella Watson-Thompson (University of Kansas), Thomas L. Zane (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.
7. Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University
Gregory P. Hanley (Western New England University), AMY J. HENLEY (Western New England University), Jonathan W. Pinkston (Western New England University), Rachel H. Thompson (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.
8. Simmons University: Department of Behavior Analysis
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. Julie Vargas, Dr. Ted Carr, Dr. Carol Pilgrim, etc. as Instructors, Dissertation Committee members or Invited Speakers at our Annual Conference.
9. Western Michigan University: MA and Ph.D. Programs in Behavior Analysis
STEPHANIE M. PETERSON (Western Michigan University), Cynthia J. Pietras (Western Michigan University), Richard Wayne Fuqua (Western Michigan University), Jessica E. Frieder (Western Michigan University), Jonathan C. Baker (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.
10. Behavior Analysis Training System
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University), Kelly Kohler (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS) is an ABAI accredited, practitioner-based program at Western Michigan University. Students in BATS complete a BACB approved course sequence, a 750-hour intensive practicum, and lead two semesters of an undergraduate seminar on the principles of behavior. In place of a thesis, students complete two Master's projects: a Graduate Portfolio Project and a Systems Analysis Project. By the end of the program, students attain desired skills such as time management, supervision experience, systems analysis experience, and professional presentation/communication skills. Following graduation, students are prepared to sit for the BACB certification exam.
11. 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)
Abstract: St. Cloud State University offers a BAAB-accredited Masters of Science program in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students have the option to complete their coursework and practical training on campus in St. Cloud, Minnesota, or do coursework from anywhere in the world and train with local providers as part of our distance-learning MS cohort. Graduates of our program have a 97% first-time pass rate on the BCBA exam and are employed with top ABA providers around the world. Ph.D.-level faculty instruct all coursework, advise on thesis and research endeavors, and mentor students in a variety of specializations. Visit us and learn how St. Cloud State can help you unleash your potential!
12. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute: Doctoral Training in Applied Behavior Analysis
CHRISTY WILLIAMS (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Wayne W. Fisher (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Cathleen C. Piazza (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Nicole M. Rodriguez (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Keith D. Allen (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Kevin C. Luczynski (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute)
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.
13. 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 28th 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.
14. 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), Laura Barcelos Nomicos (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.
15. Caldwell University’s Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
JASON C. VLADESCU (Caldwell University), Meghan Deshais (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.
16. 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), Jessica Singer-Dudek (Columbia University Teachers College), DANIEL MARK FIENUP (Columbia University)
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, train, and conduct research.
17. ABAI Accredited Graduate Programs at The Ohio State University
SHEILA R. ALBER-MORGAN (The Ohio State University), Helen I. Cannella-Malone (The Ohio State University), Moira Konrad (The Ohio State University), Matthew Brock (The Ohio State University), Charis Price (The Ohio State University), Terri Hessler (The Ohio State University at Newark)
Abstract: The Ohio State University's 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. Both graduate programs offer pre-approved BCBA courses and BCBA supervision.
18. 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), Jenny Ozga (West Virginia University), Michael Perone (West Virginia University), Claire C. St. Peter (West Virginia University), Cory Whirtley (West Virginia University)
Abstract: The behavior analysis program at WVU 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.
19. University of Houston-Clear Lake Graduate Program in Behavior Analysis
FERNANDA SUEMI ODA (University of Houston, Clear Lake), Landon Cowan (University of Houston- Clear Lake), Naomi Alphonso (University of Houston, Clear Lake), Amanda King (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Dorothea C. Lerman (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Sarah A. Lechago (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Jennifer N. Fritz (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. The coursework also prepares graduates for eligibility to be a Texas Licensed Behavior Analyst and to pursue doctoral degrees in psychology or behavior analysis. Graduate assistantships, paid internships, and other forms of financial assistance are available to qualifying students.



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