Assistant Behavior Analyst Certification

Applied behavior analysis is a scientifically valid, systematic approach to behavior change that examines the variables that reliably influence socially important behaviors. Behavior analysis is used wherever people are interested in behavior change: consumer marketing, rehabilitation clinics, schools, prisons and athletic coaching.

The Department of Psychology offers a sequence of courses that prepare students to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam upon graduation. Students also complete 1,000 hours of fieldwork with actual clients under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, often working with special-needs populations such as children with autism.

The course sequence includes:

  • PSY210: Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • PSY320: Psychology of Learning and Behavior
  • PSY410: Applied Behavior Analysis II

Students can complete their fieldwork at the Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, which offers intensive applied behavior analysis therapy to children and adolescents with autism. In addition, students may have the opportunity to present their research at national and regional professional conferences and to lead research teams on independent projects.

For more information, contact Dr. Sheila Quinn at (401) 341-3104 or

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