Applied behavior analysis is a science aimed at improving socially significant behavior through the application of learning principles. Typically working with individuals, but also with groups and organizations, a behavior analyst uncovers causes behind specific behaviors and designs strategies to alter undesired behaviors. The demand for behavior analysts is increasing in a range of healthcare settings including brain trauma, geriatrics, and organizational psychology, among other areas. The role is also increasingly in demand in educational and professional settings.
This program offers students a solid foundation in applied behavior analysis through an integrated and coordinated sequence of coursework, practicum, and supervision. Clinical practice and research in applied behavior analysis is wide-ranging and may include work in developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, chronic health conditions, health and wellness, and educational settings.
- Curriculum that meets the requirements of Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
- High quality clinical placements arranged by the program
- Clinical training applicable to a range of client types
- Online program with periodic onsite intensives
Graduates of the program will be prepared academically and clinically to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Careers in behavior analysis and therapy may include working with autistic children and adults as well as those with other developmental disabilities, consulting with businesses to help improve employee performance or workplace environment, working with the elderly in assisted living care facilities or nursing homes, working in primary care settings or hospitals with people with chronic health conditions, working with individuals with socio/emotional disorders, anxiety, addictions, and brain injuries, as well as working in a variety of other settings.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Apply principles of behavior analysis to address behaviors of clinical and social significance
- Conduct behavioral assessments
- Implement and monitor evidence-based interventions
- Consult and supervise people from diverse backgrounds in their delivery of behavioral interventions
- Deliver behavioral interventions in a culturally sensitive and multiculturally competent manner
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Embedded Clinical Practicum
The MA in Applied Behavior Analysis at John F. Kennedy University provides students with direct placement in local fieldwork agencies for their practicum work. With the clinical practicum embedded into the curriculum, students are ensured a high quality experience that satisfies BACB fieldwork requirements.
Practitioner-Scholars Who Practice What They Teach
College of Psychology faculty members collectively have published dozens of articles, books, and studies, and they have travelled the country giving talks on their respective areas of expertise. Their diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints exposes our students to the full breadth of clinical psychology and allows them to make informed decisions about which theoretical approaches and practice areas suit them best.
The MA in ABA is a 36-unit degree program:
24 units of required coursework to meet the requirements of BCBA®
6 units of field work
6 elective units