James Madison University
PHOTO: BAC students

Concentration in Behavior Analysis

Dr. Dan Holt (holtdd@jmu.edu), Concentration Coordinator

Purpose


The behavior analysis concentration is for students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in behavior analysis or related disciplines (e.g., behavioral pharmacology, behavioral neuroscience, exceptional education); it is also for students interested in pursuing course work and experience requirements to qualify for examination to become a master's-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).

Overview


In this concentration, students will complete course work, conduct research and participate in practicums designed to facilitate mastery of major concepts, principles, practices, and theories in the experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and the philosophy of radical behaviorism. Students in this concentration are required to complete their research apprenticeship and thesis requirements through collaborative research activities with faculty who approach the scientific study of behavior from a behavior-analytic conceptual and theoretical framework.

Program Curriculum (36 credit hours)


Methodology and Research Core (15 credit hours)

  • PSYC 605 - Intermediate Inferential Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 602 - Psychological Research Methods (3 credits) --OR--
  • PSYC 606 - Measurement Theory (3 credits)
  • PSYC 700 - Thesis - For students in this concentration, the thesis must be an empirical study in either the experimental analysis of behavior or applied behavior analysis. (6 credit hours)
  • PSYC 805 - Single Case Experimentation (3 credit hours)

Content Courses (9 credit hours)

  • PSYC 610 - Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 613 - Cognitive Science -- OR --
    PSYC 616 - Social Psychology -- OR --
    PSYC 624 - Neuroscience (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 690 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3 credit hours)

Concentration and Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

EXED 501 - Behavioral Assessment (3 credit hours)

PSYC 695 - Practicum (3 credit hours)

Electives (6 credit hours approved by concentration coordinator)

Students pursing BCBA exam eligibility will take the following two courses as electives:

  • PSYC 601 - Ethics and Professional Development (3 credits)
  • EXED 510 - Systematic Behavioral Interventions (3 credits)

Students not pursing BCBA exam eligibility will have the option to take these or other courses, as approved by the adviser.

Other experiences


In addition to course work and other requirements of the psychological sciences program (e.g., Apprenticeship, Research Roundtable), students participate in a monthly concentration meeting where faculty and students discuss published research and professional issues related to behavior analysis. Additionally, students in the behavior analysis concentration may participate in the activities of various local, regional, national and international agencies, groups and professional organizations that advance the scientific study of behavior and its humane application to solve practical problems.

View representative scholarly work for students in the program

For further information, please contact the coordinator of the concentration in behavior analysis, Dr. Dan Holt (holtdd@jmu.edu).