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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Expo Poster Session #178
Accredited Programs
Saturday, May 23, 2020
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Level 2, Hall D
1. ABAI Accreditation Board
JENNA MRLJAK (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Abstract: This poster will provide an update on the Association for Behavior Analysis International Accreditation Board's standards and activities.

Master’s Program in Behavioral Science at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

GUNNAR REE (OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University), Ingunn Sandaker (Oslo Metropolitan University)

The Department of Behavioral Science at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway – offers a master’s program in Behavioral Science. The two-year, full-time program includes courses in experimental, conceptual and applied behavior analysis, is tuition free, Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)-accredited, and Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)-approved. The Department runs two bachelor’s programs with strong behavior analytic content (Bachelor of Psychology; ABAI-accredited and BACB-approved, and Bachelor of Social Education), and a Ph. D. program in Behavior Analysis. There are 30 doctoral candidates, 120 master students and 800 bachelor students in the department’s programs. Faculty to student ratio is high, and students from all levels participate in lab groups: Experimental Studies of Complex Human Behavior; Cultural Selection and Behavioral Economics; Applied and Experimental Behavior Analysis in Clinical Practice, and Experimental Behavior Analysis - Translational and Conceptual Research. rates the master’s among its Top 20 programs. The program is currently offered as a Norwegian master. Applicants for the whole program sequence must be proficient in spoken and written Norwegian. Single courses can be adapted for English-speaking students, and we welcome applicants with knowledge of behavior analysis for these courses. There is opportunity for thesis work through participation in ongoing projects. We welcome students with good ideas of their own.

3. Master’s Program at Jacksonville State University in Alabama
PAIGE M. MCKERCHAR (Jacksonville State University), Makenzie Williams Bayles (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 an ABAI-verified course sequence. Our students complete eight required courses in the conceptual, experimental, and applied analysis of behavior, as well as five 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.
4. Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology
NICHOLAS WEATHERLY (Florida Institute of Technology), David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology), Jose A. Martinez-Diaz (Florida Institute of Technology and ABA Tech)
Abstract: The Behavior Analysis Programs at the Florida Institute of Technology will be described in this poster. Fl Tech offers on-campus MS programs in ABA at both our Melbourne and Orlando, Fl campuses, OBM, and ABA + OBM, a PhD program in Behavior Analysis, and an online MA program in professional behavior analysis. The faculty, courses, and practicum of the Fl Tech program will be described, along with the credit requirements, and final program exam requirements. The program is accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis, International and offers students more than 15 options for practicum. The faculty have diverse interests, which span EAB, to clinical behavior analysis, to OBM. The program is one of the most research productive programs in the world, as measured by JEAB and JABA publications. The program also has a high pass rate on the BCBA certification exam.
5. Applied Behavior Analysis 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 offers the ABAI accredited master of science degree in applied behavior analysis. This is a 2-year program with a VCS that focuses on research and practice so graduates can get certified as a BCBA or apply to a doctoral program in behavior analysis upon graduation. The University of South Florida Applied Behavior Analysis program also offers a master of arts degree in applied behavior analysis that is fully online. This 2-year program also has a VCS so students can get certified upon graduation. In addition, the USF program offers a doctoral program in applied behavior analysis that focuses on developing effective teachers and researchers so students are prepared for academic careers upon graduation. The doctoral program has a mentorship model in which students are accepted to work with faculty mentors who share research interests. Finally, the USF program offers an ABA minor with a VCS for students interested in becoming a BCaBA.
6. 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 Analysis will be completing its 21st year with over 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. 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.

Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis & Clinical Science at Rollins College

APRIL MICHELE WILLIAMS (Rollins College), Stephanie L. Kincaid (Rollins College), Kara L. Wunderlich (Rollins College)

The master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science at Rollins College follows a junior-colleague model to ensure high-quality mentoring of students. Upon entering the program, students work collaboratively with all of the faculty in every aspect of professional development, including: professional networking, practicum site selection, designing and conducting research, presenting and publishing research, and goal setting with regards to further graduate study or job placement. For the thesis/capstone process in the final year, students are matched with one primary advisor according to research interests. This program will prepare students for either master’s level professional practice in applied behavior analysis or for doctoral level work in clinical psychology or applied behavior analysis.


Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus

ASHLEY WHITTINGTON-BARNISH (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Kaius Ward (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Ruth Rehfeldt (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), John W. Eshleman (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Shannon Ormandy (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Cameron Mittelman (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Rocco G Catrone (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), August Stockwell (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Upswing Advocates)

Come stop by our poster and learn about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Downtown Chicago! We offer MS and PhD degrees in ABA, as well as a Graduate Certificate Program. Our program includes a Verified Course Sequence and diverse practicum training opportunities. Our PhD program prepares students to teach and conduct research in university settings, as well as become lead practitioners, consultants, and supervisors in the field. Our programs provide a solid foundation in the science and philosophy of behavior analysis. We have faculty with diverse interests and expertise, and we encourage our students to apply behavior analysis and analyze behavior in novel ways. The school is located right on the river in downtown Chicago, easily accessible by public transportation. There are numerous opportunities to learn and apply behavior analysis, enjoy views from the river and downtown Chicago from the classrooms, and take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer!

9. Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas
DEREK D. REED (University of Kansas), Florence D. DiGennaro Reed (University of Kansas), Claudia L. Dozier (The University of Kansas), Vincent Thomas Francisco (University of Kansas, Department of Applied Behavioral Science), Jessica Foster Juanico (University of Kansas), Robin Kuhn (University of Kansas), Edward K. Morris (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.
10. UMBC Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis
JOHN C. BORRERO (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Mirela Cengher (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Adithyan Rajaraman (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 and our course sequence is verified by the BACB.

Western Michigan University: MA and PhDPrograms in Behavior Analysis

JESSICA E. FRIEDER (Western Michigan University), Cynthia J. Pietras (Western Michigan University), Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University), Jonathan C. Baker (Western Michigan University), Anthony DeFulio (Western Michigan University), Richard Wayne Fuqua (Western Michigan University), Ron Van Houten (Western Michigan University)

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.

12. MS in Applied Behavior Analysis at St. Cloud State University
BENJAMIN N. WITTS (St. Cloud State University), Kimberly A. Schulze (St. Cloud State University), Michele R. Traub (St. Cloud State University), Odessa Luna (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. Recent graduates of our program had a 100% 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!

Montana State University Billings: Master of Science in Special Education Advanced Studies, ABA Emphasis, Accredited Program

CHERYL A. YOUNG-PELTON (Montana State University Billings)

Montana State University Billings Master of Science in Special Education Advanced Studies ABA Emphasis Degree program earned a five-year accreditation by ABAI in May 2019. Montana presents unique challenges for teaching, learning, and practical applications being the fourth largest state in the U.S by square area but one of the least populated per square mile with mountains, rivers, and weather conditions that prevent face-to-face training for much of the academic year. For these reasons, MSU Billings has become an online leader and provider of remote supervision technologies. Accreditation has envigorated the university administration with plans for an on-campus clinic for children and youth in the community where our graduate students will be able to obtain practical experience in applied behavior analysis. Please stop by and learn more about MSU Billings - located in Yellowstone County!

14. 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), Nicole M. Rodriguez (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Amanda Zangrillo (University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute), Regina A. Carroll (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.
15. 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, China, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.

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), Steven C. Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno), Matthew Lewon (University of Nevada, Reno), Matt Locey (University of Nevada, Reno), W. Larry Williams (University of Nevada, Reno)

This year marks the 29th 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 international locations; our undergraduate training in behavior analysis received ABAI accreditation in 2016.

17. Caldwell University’s Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
RUTH M. DEBAR (Caldwell University), Meghan Deshais (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (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.

Caldwell University’s PhDProgram in Applied Behavior Analysis

KENNETH F. REEVE (Caldwell University), Sharon A. Reeve (Caldwell University), Tina Sidener (Caldwell University), Ruth M. DeBar (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University), Meghan Deshais (Caldwell University)

Caldwell University, a private liberal arts university located in a quiet suburban New Jersey community near New York City, offers a 90-credit Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis degree program. The core of the program consists of Caldwell University’s ABAI© -accredited 45-credit Master of Arts degree program in applied behavior analysis. Students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete a behavior analytic research dissertation mentored by a faculty member. The Ph.D. program prepares students to work in a variety of applied and academic settings. Caldwell University’s on-campus Center for Autism and ABA provides a BACB© -approved practicum experience, with 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 and employment opportunities.

19. The Programs in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University
R. Douglas Greer (Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), Jessica Singer-Dudek (Teachers College, Columbia University), Jo Ann Pereira Delgado (Teachers College, Columbia University), DANIEL MARK FIENUP (Teachers College, Columbia University)
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.
20. The Ohio State University's ABAI Accredited Graduate Programs in Special Education
SHEILA R. ALBER-MORGAN (The Ohio State University), Matthew Brock (The Ohio State University), Moira Konrad (The Ohio State University), Terri Hessler (The Ohio State University at Newark), Christina Rouse-Billman (The Ohio State University), Laurice Joseph (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. 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), 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, accredited by ABAI 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.
21. Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Houston, Clear Lake
KARLIE HINKLE (University of Houston Clear Lake ), Samantha Jean Boyle (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Samantha Dyer (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, performance management, 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.

University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis Online

MANISH VAIDYA (University of North Texas)

University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis presentation and recruiting of on campus programs BEHV-ABA/BEHV-MS/BEHV-PhD. University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis Presentation and recruiting of Online classes Certification and online Masters of Arts.


Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University

KAREN G. ANDERSON (West Virginia University), Brian R. Katz (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), Catherine Williams (West Virginia University)

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.




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