Applied Behavior Analysis

Sharon A. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Department Chair and Co-Coordinator
Kenneth F. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Co-Coordinator


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a well developed scientific discipline that entails the comprehensive use of empirically validated principles of learning to develop, implement, and evaluate practical strategies to enhance the abilities and self-direction skills of both children and adults in the context of community, home, and educational settings. Although the principles and procedures developed within ABA have been successfully applied in areas such as psychology, traditional and special education, business, industrial safety, addiction, self-management, and rehabilitation, ABA has been most publicly successful in its application to skill development and behavior change for people with developmental disabilities, such as those with autism-spectrum disorders and cognitive delays.


Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis
M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis
Combined B.A. in Psychology/M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis
Post-Master in Applied Behavior Analysis

The core of each program is 24 credits which have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. These courses are:
• ABA 526 Behavior Analysis and Learning
• ABA 534 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis
• ABA 537 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
• ABA 553 Assessing Autism Interventions
• ABA 556 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
• ABA 563 Ethics for Behavior Analysts
• ABA 574 Professionalism for Behavior Analysts

Those who wish to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® examination must meet additional requirements to qualify for certification.
(See for certification requirements.)