EAB 3764: Applied Behavior Analysis

This course provides students with an introduction to the basic concepts of behavior analysis and their application with a wide range of human problems. The following topics are covered: principles of learning, research methods, aging, behavioral medicine, business and industry, child development, education, environmental applications, mental health, mental retardation, sports, and substance abuse.
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Graduate Instructor, Spring 2007 term: ➾ Carrie Dempsey
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EAB 4714C: Laboratory in Applied Behavior Analysis

This course provides students with an understanding of and experience in applying research methods in behavior analysis. Students spend six hours per week at a designated lab site participating in ongoing research on disorders of learning and behavior. Activities include: computerized data collection on therapist/client behavior, simple data analysis, and implementation of some aspects of experimental sessions. Students also attend weekly lab meetings, read and critique journal articles relevant to ongoing studies, and develop their own research proposal.
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Graduate TAs, Fall 2006 term: ➾ Jennifer Fritz and ➾ Amanda Banister
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EAB 6707: Applied Behavior Analysis

The field of applied behavior analysis is divided into several content areas: methodology, principles and techniques, conceptual issues, areas of application, and professional issues. In this seminar, we cover several topics in each of these areas by reviewing: the nature and defining features of applied behavior analysis; research methods used in applied settings, including measurement, design, and data analysis; social validity as both an evaluation standard and a process; several areas of current research interest; and issues related to training in applied behavior analysis

EAB 6716: Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities

This seminar focuses on behavioral approaches to the study and treatment of developmental disabilities. Topics of current interest are reviewed through an examination of primary literature and include: etiology and classification, assessment of preference and performance, methods for establishing and maintaining adaptive behavior, assessment and treatment of behavior disorders, biobehavioral study of medical disorders, staff training and management, and legal and ethical issues related to treatment

EAB 6939: Assessment & Treatment of Behavior Disorders

Most contemporary approaches to behavioral assessment have a similar focus: They attempt to identify the determinants (functional antecedents and consequences) of a particular problem behavior. Collectively, these approaches have been called “functional behavioral assessment” or “FBA” (1997 revisions of IDEA). In this seminar, we examine the three general methodologies currently in use: (a) functional (experimental) analysis, (b) descriptive (naturalistic) analysis, and (c) indirect (anecdotal) methods. After becoming acquainted with the defining characteristics, variations, strengths, and weaknesses of each approach, we will examine research in which functional analyses were either evaluated or used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes.