Department of Psychology

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.

ABA Concentration Requirements

In addition to course requirements for all doctoral students, students seeking a PhD in the Applied Behavior Analysis concentration will take:

  • PSY 518 – Applied Behavior Analysis: Behavior Reduction Credits: 3
  • PSY 519 – Conceptual Issues in Behavioral Analysis Credits: 3
  • PSY 521 – Applied Behavior Analysis: Skill Acquisition Credits: 3
  • PSY 522 – Advanced Topics in Behavior Analysis Credits: 1 (3 credits required)
  • PSY 593 – Clinical Practicum: Applied Behavior Analysis Credits: 1-3 (4 credits required)
  • PSY 596 – Applied Behavior Analysis: Implementation, Considerations, and Management  Credits: 2
  • PSY 617 – Advanced Topics in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior Credits: 3
  • PSY 619 – Verbal Behavior: A Translational Approach Credits: 3
  • PSY 693 – Intermediate Clinical Practicum: Applied Behavior Analysis Credits: 1-3 (3 credits required)
  • PSY 793 – Advanced Clinical Practicum: Applied Behavior Analysis Credits 1-3 (5 credits required)