PhD Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis is using the science of behavior to make meaningful impacts on people’s lives. Doctoral students specializing in applied behavior analysis (ABA) will study advanced concepts and principles in ABA. Additionally, doctoral students will gain knowledge and experience in conducting behavior analytic research, teaching ABA courses, and supervising preservice behavior analysts. Doctoral students will have the opportunity to practice and conduct research at the Baylor Clinic for Assessment, Research & Education (CARE), Baylor's ABA clinic housed at the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD).
Certification and Licensure
- Students interested in a career in applied behavior analysis should be aware of the two primary credentials that are often needed: board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and licensed behavior analyst (LBA; sometimes called a licensed applied behavior analyst or LABA).
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ABA Specialization Doctoral Courses
EDP 5301 Philosophy of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDP 5302 Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDP 5354 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDP 5357 Single Subject Research Design
EDP 5358 Teaching Individuals with Autism & Developmental Disabilities
EDP 5V98 Practicum in ABA
EDP 5361 Challenging Behavior
EDP 5374 Managing Behavior Change Programs
EDP 6320 Assessment in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDP 6325 Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
EDP 6343 Consultation and Supervision in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDP 6354 Advanced Single Case Research
EDP 6355 Advanced Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDP 6363 Verbal Behavior
EDP 6380 Community Experience in Developmental Disabilities
Jessica Akers, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Akers’ research interests include strategies for promoting appropriate social and play skills and verbal behavior in individuals with autism and related disabilities.
Tonya Davis, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Davis’ research interest involves the treatment of severe challenging behavior among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Stephanie Gerow, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Gerow’s research interests include applied behavior analysis, challenging behavior interventions, and teaching natural change agents (e.g., parents, teachers) to implement interventions.
Kristen Padilla-Mainor, EdS, LSSP, BCBA
Ms. Padilla-Mainor’s scholarly interests are in the areas of behavioral assessment, behavior management, and autism spectrum disorder.