National University

PED676 Applied Behavior Analysis

Lead Faculty: Dr. Bill Matthew, PhD, BCBA-D, NCSP

Course Description

Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific based method of understanding human behavior and using that understanding to change socially significant behaviors. This course provides an overview of the major components philosophical as well as applied Applied Behavior Analysis, including assessment and intervention design.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define characteristics of behaviorism and of applied behavior analysis per Baer, Wolf and Risley, 1968.
  • Understand behavioral principles and procedures for increasing behavior.
  • Understand principles and procedures for reducing behavior.
  • Understand behavioral principles and procedures for promoting the generation, generalization, and maintenance of behavior.
  • Understand the methods involved in conducting functional assessments and functional analyses.
  • Design and carry out a single-subject research design procedure.
  • Understand the various philosophies of behaviorism and the role of private events in each.
  • Understand the functionalist (vs. structuralist) approach to behavior change within an outcomes based context.
  • Understand the current status and future directions of school-based behavioral interventions.