As stated by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the field of behavior analysis has enjoyed a very broad range of application, from assisting individuals in overcoming drug addition, to improving workplace organizations, to other behavior change issues relevant to human behavior such as diet, exercise, delinquency, toilet training, education, etc.
Beginning with Ivar Lovaas’ 19871 landmark study, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been credited as an empirically-based intervention for improving the symptoms of autism and is recognized as a best practice in the field of autism. Proper training and professional certification of applied behavior analysts who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders is critical to ensuring delivery of the highest quality behavior analytic services to the consumer (Shook, 20022). The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph's University offers students educational and research opportunities to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The five course sequence in behavior analysis at Saint Joseph's University is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the coursework requirement for eligibility for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credentialing examination. Students pursuing the behavior analysis curriculum will complete five courses for 15 credits with 225 contact hours including Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis; Applied Behavior Analysis; Behavioral Consultation; Behavior Development; and Clinical Behavior Analysis. The BACB has also approved courses CRJ 790-792 (Behavior Analysis Internships 1-3) as meeting the requirements for the University Approved Practicum. Throughout this program students will develop the skills to transfer basic principles of behavior analysis into effective comprehensive functional behavioral assessments (FBA), behavioral interventions, and program evaluation in school, home, and other residential or treatment settings.
1. Lovaas, O.I. (1987). Behavioral treatment and normal educational and intellectual functioning in young autistic children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55 (1): 3-9.
2. Shook, G.L. Ala'i-Rosales, S., & Glenn, S. (2002). Training and Certifying Behavior Analysis. Behavior Modification, 26: 27-48.