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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Expo Poster Session #165
ABAI Accredited Behavior Analysis Training Programs
Saturday, May 28, 2022
8:00 PM–10:00 PM
Exhibit Level; Exhibit Hall A
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.
2. Master’s Program at Jacksonville State University in Alabama
C. RENEE RENDA (Jacksonville State University), Rusty Nall (Jacksonville State University), Paige M. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University), Makenzie Williams Bayles (Jacksonville State University), Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University)
Abstract: Jacksonville State University is located in Jacksonville, AL, midway between Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The master’s program in applied behavior analysis is the only ABAI-accredited program in Alabama, and it offers an ABAI-verified course sequence. Since 2019, our BCBA® Exam pass rate has been 100%. Our students complete eight required courses in the conceptual, experimental, and applied analysis of behavior, two required practicum or thesis courses, and three related elective courses. Our overarching goals are (a) to teach future applied behavior analysts to think critically about the conceptual and experimental basis of the field, and (b) to train our students to implement scientifically validated behavioral procedures effectively and ethically. Our students study basic behavioral processes in our sophisticated animal research facility, and they can practice applying behavioral principles in basic and applied settings. Visit our poster to learn more about our faculty, coursework, and practicum/research opportunities.

Florida State University Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis

Amy Polick (Florida State University Panama City), Jon S. Bailey (Florida State University), Harry Allen Murphy (Florida State University Panama City)

Florida State University's master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis will be completing its 23rd 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.

4. Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science at Rollins College
APRIL MICHELE WILLIAMS (Rollins College), Stephanie L. Kincaid (Rollins College), Kara L. Wunderlich (Rollins College)
Abstract: The master's program in applied behavior analysis and clinical science at Rollins College involves a junior-colleague model to ensure high-quality mentoring of students. Upon entering the program, students work collaboratively with the faculty in every aspect of professional development, including professional networking, fieldwork experience, conducting research, publications/presentations of research, and goal setting for doctoral study or job placement. Students are matched with one primary advisor for the thesis/capstone process in their final year.

Behavior Analysis Programs at the Florida Institute of Technology

DAVID A. WILDER (Florida Institute of Technology), Jonathan K Fernand (Florida Institute of Technology), Kaitlynn Gokey (Florida Institute of Technology), Mark T. Harvey (Florida Institute of Technology), Katie Nicholson (Florida Institute of Technology), Kimberly Sloman (The Scott Center for Autism Treatment/ Florida Institute of Technology ), Rachael Tilka (Western Michigan University), Bryon Neff (Florida Institute of Technology)

FL Tech offers four different on-campus graduate degrees in behavior analysis, each incorporating core elements from the different branches of behavior analysis: We offer three Master of Science (M.S) degrees and one Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The M.S. degrees are in (1) Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which focuses on clinical and educational applications; (2) Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), which focuses on business and industry applications; and (3) ABA plus OBM, which focuses on both. The Ph.D. degree is in Behavior Analysis. In addition to our on-campus programs, we also offer an online Behavior Analysis Practice M.A. program. Our ABA M.S. and OBM M.S. degree programs at the main campus (MLB) include an option for a thesis or a capstone project. If students elect to do a thesis and they are not making satisfactory progress by the end of the fall semester (i.e., they have not satisfactorily proposed their topic to their committee members in a formal meeting), their faculty advisor may require that they switch to a capstone project and not complete the thesis. If this is the case, students may lose up to 3 credits of thesis and will be required to take 3 additional credits (beyond the total credits required for the degree) in order to graduate.

6. 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 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. The USF program also has 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.
7. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Ryan N. Redner (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), Natalia Baires (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Eric A. Jacobs (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Camilo Hurtado-Parrado (Southern Illinois University), LESLEY A. SHAWLER (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale )
Abstract: The kind of life we make for ourselves is very much dependent on the options we exercise and the resources we mobilize now and in the future. The basic assumption that guides our Behavior Analysis program has been stated as follows: We share the conviction that higher education must assume a vital and active role in integrating social and economic challenges in society.

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

CAMERON MITTELMAN (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Kaius Ward (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago), Shannon Ormandy (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Ashley Whittington-Barnish (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Rocco G Catrone (The Chicago School Professional Psychology)

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 MS program is ABAI accredited and includes a Verified Course Sequence and diverse practicum training opportunities. Our PhD program has weekend classes and prepares students to teach and conduct research in university settings, as well as become lead practitioners, consultants, and supervisors in the field. We also have a bachelor’s completion program with an undergraduate minor in ABA. 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), David P. Jarmolowicz (The University of Kansas, Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment), Edward K. Morris (University of Kansas), Pamela L. Neidert (The 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.
10. McNeese State University's Applied Behavior Analysis Master of Arts Program
Kayla Kimble (McNeese State University), Cameron L. Melville (McNeese State University), JOANNA B THOMPSON ( McNeese State University)
Abstract: McNeese State University’s Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) accredited on-campus terminal master’s graduate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program emphasizes a scientist-practitioner training model to provide our students with rigorous training in the conceptual foundations of behavior analysis. Students participate in a consistent program model where coursework, research, and intensive practica experience in our on-campus ABA clinic, The McNeese Autism Program, are of equal importance. An online-only program is also available with supervised, off-campus practicum placement. Both programs hold Verified Course Sequence (VCS) status. Each student partners with a core faculty member mentor on at least one publication quality research project as part of the Thesis requirement. Our faculty hold diverse research specialties and areas of expertise. Merit based graduate assistantships and tuition reductions are available. Out of state tuition waivers can be granted. Students from our program are immediately eligible to sit for credentialing to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s). Moreover, our coursework facilitates eligibility to apply for licensure as Licensed Behavior Analysts in several states. Graduates often pursue doctoral degrees in behavior analysis, psychology, or other closely related disciplines.
11. M. A. in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
JOHN C. BORRERO (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Mirela Cengher (UMBC), Adithyan Rajaraman (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Carrie S. W. Borrero (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Michelle A. Frank-Crawford (Kennedy Krieger Institute)
Abstract: The M. A. program provides coursework in basic and applied behavior analysis with an emphasis on essential aspects of Applied Behavior Analysis while also ensuring exposure to core areas of psychology. This coursework is designed to remain consistent with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board® standards. As part of the degree requirements, students complete a capstone project that is designed and conducted in collaboration with a designated committee chair and two other committee members. The student is expected to extend the research literature by asking an experimental question rather than simply applying known principles and procedures to a problem. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as well-trained clinicians and sufficiently prepared to initiate doctoral training in behavior analysis, should they choose.
12. Western Michigan University: MA and Ph.D. Programs in Behavior Analysis
JESSICA E. VAN STRATTON (Western Michigan University), Sacha T. Pence (Western Michigan University), Stephanie M. Peterson (Western Michigan University), Cynthia J. Pietras (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.
13. Applied Behavior Analysis at St. Cloud State University
MICHELE R. TRAUB (St. Cloud State University), Odessa Luna (St. Cloud State University), Benjamin N. Witts (St. Cloud State University), Kimberly A. Schulze (St. Cloud State University)
Abstract: Located on the banks of the Mississippi in central Minnesota, St. Cloud State University offers an undergraduate minor, accredited campus-based and fully distance Masters of Science degrees, and a new Doctor of Psychology degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students have the opportunity to gain clinical and research experience with faculty, obtain clinical mentorship at several area partner agencies, and study with classmates from across the country and around the world. Ask us about the exciting new developments and why now is the best time to be a Husky!
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)
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. Behavior Analysis Programs at the University of Nevada, Reno
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno), Bethany P. Contreras Young (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)
Abstract: This year marks the 31st 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 80 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 specialization in Behavior Analysis has provided training to over 200 undergraduate students since its accreditation in 2016. Our coursework requirements for taking the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst for BCBA and BCaBA examinations have remained verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Moreover, the Culturo-Behavior Science (CBS) course sequence from the University of Nevada, Reno has remained verified by ABAI.

University of Nevada, Reno Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis

Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno), Laura Barcelos Nomicos (University of Nevada, Reno), COURTNEY SMITH (University of Nevada, Reno)

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 Science degree in Behavior Analytic Psychology. This program is the only online Master's Degree Program separately 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. The curriculum for all three programs is verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International as meeting the course requirements for students pursing certification with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. This 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 other areas including Canada, China mainland, Jordan, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia.

17. Caldwell University’s Ph.D. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABAI Accredited)
KENNETH F. REEVE (Caldwell University), Sharon A. Reeve (Caldwell University), Tina Sidener (Caldwell University), Ruth M. DeBar (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University)
Abstract: 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 that is accredited by the Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board of ABAI. 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. Assistantships and tuition remission for working in the Center for Autism and ABA are available to Ph.D. students on a competitive basis. 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.
18. Caldwell University’s Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABAI Accredited)
SHARON A. REEVE (Caldwell University), Jason C. Vladescu (Caldwell University), Ruth M. DeBar (Caldwell University), Tina Sidener (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 an 8 course BACB verified course sequence (VCS; 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 practicum experience, with both basic and applied research opportunities, while serving individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. Assistantships for working in the Center for Autism and ABA are available to M.A. students on a competitive basis. 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.
19. The Programs in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University
JESSICA SINGER-DUDEK (Teachers College, Columbia University), Daniel Mark Fienup (Teachers College, Columbia University), R. Douglas Greer (Columbia University Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), Jo Ann Pereira Delgado (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Abstract: We will present the MA, Ph.D., and Advanced Certificate 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)
Abstract: The Ohio State University's ABAI-accredited graduate programs in special education have been advancing the study of applied behavior analysis and special education for almost 50 years. 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 master’s degree 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 programs offer an ABAI pre-approved verified course sequence to fulfill the course requirements for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.

University of North Texas, Department of Behavior Analysis

MANISH VAIDYA (University of North Texas)

The Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas offers 4 degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis, Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Ph.D. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Behavior Analysis. This poster will present information on the MS program, which is an ABAI accredited program. For more information on the other degree programs, please see our other poster.

22. Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program at West Virginia University
KAREN G. ANDERSON (West Virginia University), Rebecca Chalmé (West Virginia University), Olivia Harvey (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)
Abstract: 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.



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