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Our Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) ®. You can learn more about the certification process at www.bacb.com.
Psyc 207 - Learning
An overview of the scientific investigation of learning and behavior. Both experimental and related theoretical developments are considered, as well as applications of the basic principles of learning to issues of social significance.
Psyc 251 - Behavioral Treatments and Applications
Focuses on the application of behavior analytic principles and methods in applied settings, with an emphasis on behavior change procedures, maintenance and generalization of behavior change, and emergency interventions. Topics addressed include the definition and characteristics of applied behavior analysis, selection and evaluation of intervention strategies, measurement of behavior, display and interpretation of behavioral data, and behavioral assessment. Additionally, basic behavioral principles, single-case experimental design, and ethical issues will be discussed in the context of behavioral assessment and intervention.
Psyc 253 - Supervising and Teaching Behavior Change
Introduces graduate students to the role of practicum supervisor and instructor. Under the supervision of thePSYC53 course instructor, students develop, sustain, and evaluate their own interventions at pre-approved externship sites. Students conduct bi-weekly discussion groups providing undergraduate students enrolled in PSYC53 with additional resources for the course. Students meet weekly with the instructor to discuss practicum concerns and teaching responsibilities. Students gain practical experience carrying out independent research projects, which are often presented at research conferences, as well as teaching experience. All responsibilities are carried out under the supervision of the PSYC53 instructor.
Psyc 256 - Behavioral Medicine
A survey class on the overlapping fields of behavioral medicine and health psychology. Covers current applications of cognitive-behavioral treatments for a number of chronic diseases, among them chronic pain, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, AIDS, and obesity. Includes discussion of behavioral economics and health behavior, changing disease patterns, psycho-neuro-immunology, the stress-illness connection, medical compliance, and the role of the doctor-patient relationship in achieving desired medical outcomes.
Psyc 258 - Behavioral Assesment
Provides an overview of behavioral assessment techniques. Specific topics to be covered include data collection, inter-observer agreement, social validity, treatment integrity, functional assessment, stimulus preference assessment, indirect assessment techniques, and psychometric assessment procedures. Emphasis will be placed on: (1) Measurement of Behavior; (2) Displaying and Interpreting Behavioral Data; (3) Descriptive Analysis; (4) Experimental (Functional) Analysis; and (5) Preference Assessment. In addition, the course covers basic behavioral principles, single-case experimental methodology, and ethical issues as they relate to behavioral assessment.
Psyc 283 - Research Design
Design and analysis of research using single subjects and groups. In this course, students will develop their thesis idea and initial proposal draft.
Psyc 293 - Special Topics (e.g., Radical Behaviorism, Verbal Behavior, Experimental Analysis of Behavior)