Caldwell, N.J., July 2, 2014 –The Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis has received accreditation for its Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Caldwell’s M.A. in ABA program is the first ABAI-accredited program in New Jersey and only the 20th worldwide to be so recognized.
As the ABAI executive council stated in its letter to Dr. Sharon Reeve, chair of the ABA department, and Dr. Kenneth Reeve, the Alvin R. Calman Professor of ABA and director of research, the “accredited programs are distinguished by the quality of their education, and tend to attract the best students of behavior analysis.” ABAI is a professional organization that “contributes to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.” (www.abainternational.org).
“We are proud to be recognized for the quality of academic and clinical training we provide in our M.A. in ABA program,” said Dr. Ken Reeve.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, New Jersey has the highest rate of autism spectrum disorders in the United States, with one in 45 individuals affected. One in 28 boys in New Jersey is on the spectrum. “Given that New Jersey has such a high rate of autism, it is especially rewarding to know that we are providing high-quality training for those professionals who can provide the greatest benefits to individuals on the autism spectrum,” said Dr. Sharon Reeve.
To address the need for trained professionals to work with children on the spectrum, the Caldwell M.A. program in behavior analysis was established in 2005, and it was the first such program in New Jersey. The program is housed in the state-of-the-art Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, which holds classrooms, observation rooms, video and auditory equipment, computer-based data collection systems, and areas designed to promote skill acquisition. Graduates of the program are making great strides in the field as evidenced by the work of professionals such as Mark Mautone, an alumnus and Hoboken educator, who was named Hudson County Teacher of the Year.
In 2009, Caldwell launched the first and only Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis program in New Jersey. Students graduate prepared for high-level employment in areas demanding competent professionals with expertise in applied behavior analysis including developmental services, special education, mental health and academia.
Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 25 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today’s global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II athletic teams and numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities on a beautiful 70-acre campus located in the suburbs of Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life. For more information about Caldwell University, visit caldwell.edu.