PED676 Applied Behavior Analysis
Lead Faculty: Dr. Bill Matthew, PhD, BCBA-D, NCSP
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 – of Applied Behavior Analysis, including assessment and intervention design.
- Define characteristics of behaviorism and of applied behavior analysis per Baer, Wolf & 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.