Department of Psychology

PhD Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific discipline that involves the comprehensive use of the principles of learning to design, implement, and evaluate strategies that promote socially significant improvements in behavior. The scope of behavior analysis is wide-ranging, including work in populations with developmental disabilities, in behavioral medicine, educational settings, non-profit organizations, and many others with emphasis placed on providing evidence-based intervention services.

Students in the ABA concentration have the opportunity to engage in coursework (approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.®) and training designed to provide strong backgrounds in the experimental and applied analyses of behavior and in the methodological and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis.

Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty with expertise in experimental, conceptual, and applied behavior analysis and developmental disabilities. Post Master’s degree, students will gain experience in the training and supervision of ABA service providers and meet criteria to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) exam.

For more information, including Admission, Degree, & Course Requirements for a Ph.D. in Psychology, please see the current UNCW Graduate Catalogue.