Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or closely related field including human services, sociology, education and/or work experience in the ABA field. 
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate Psychology Statistics course (or equivalent). This requirement can be completed after acceptance, and before the completion of the first 9 credits.
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading system is required. Students not meeting this requirement but who otherwise give evidence of strong academic ability may be admitted.
  • Signature on the Psychology Department “Competency and Fitness” and “Self Disclosure” forms.

Admission Process

  • Fall semester application deadline: August 15
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis and decisions are made by the Psychology Department.
  • Students may be admitted to a maximum of 9 credit hours (3 courses) in a non-matriculated status with permission of the Director of the ABA Program. Following completion of 9 credit hours, students must be admitted to the program to continue studies.

Submit the following:

  • Graduate application
  • Three letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to send letters from both academic settings addressing academic readiness, and from work settings addressing capacity for employment in ABA.
  • A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. Applicants should write about their experience in ABA and/or readiness for training in ABA.

Faculty teaching in the ABA program

Rowland P. Barrett, PhD
Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh:
Clinical and research interests include autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, co-morbid psychiatric disorders, clinical behavior therapy, self-injurious behavior, epilepsy.

R. Thomas Boone, PhD
Social and Developmental Psychology, Brandeis University:
Studies emotion communication and cooperation.

Jane I. Carlson, PhD, BCBA-D
Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook:
Interests include functional analysis and behavior intervention planning, early, intensive, behavioral interventions for children with ASD’s, and dissemination of evidence-based practices in autism treatment

Aminda J. O’Hare, PhD
Experimental Psychology, University of Kansas:
Studies cognitive and affective neuroscience

Gary M. Pace, PhD, BCBA-D
Learning and Physiological Psychology, University of Kentucky: research interests include applied
behavior analysis, severe behavior disorders, antecedent control procedures, treatment integrity, acquired brain injury.

Andrew J. Revell, PhD
Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University:
Studies cognitive changes in aging

Learning Style: On campus

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