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Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis Program Overview

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) can be defined as the “The science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for the improvement in behavior.”

The Graduate programs in ABA were developed in response to the increasing demand for professionals who are trained to design, implement, and supervise behavior analytic programs for individuals with autism and related disorders, and for a variety of other students with and without disabilities.

The aim of the Graduate program in ABA is to prepare students as scientist-practitioners who can use behavior analysis to solve problems of human importance. Students will learn to conduct descriptive and systematic behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provide behavior analytic interpretations of the results. Students will learn to administer and supervise behavior analytic interventions and to analyze the effectiveness of their educational and behavioral programs.

The Masters of Professional Studies in ABA and the Advanced Certificate in ABA are approved by New York State for licensing as a Behavior Analyst and The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified our courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will also need to meet fieldwork requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examinations. Coursework may also be taken simply for individual professional development.


Licensure and Certification Information

If you are interested in a career in applied behavior analysis there are two primary credentials that are typically needed. The first is Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and the second is Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).

The BCBA credential is a nationally recognized professional credential. The LBA credential is a state specific credential that has specific state requirements and regulations on the practice of applied behavior analysis. The requirements for licensure vary by state. Here in New York candidates require specific coursework and fieldwork above and beyond that which is required to become a BCBA. In addition, NY State currently restricts the practice of behavior analysts to individuals with autism. Students interested in other state licenses should review the desired state’s criteria.

The ABA program helps guide students through the complex requirements and processes for national certification and for New York State licensure.


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    Jessica Tully
    Director of Graduate Programs