The Behavior Analysis Research Clinic (BARC) uses applied behavior analysis methods to increase and maintain desirable adaptive behavior, reduce interfering behavior, teach new skills, and generalize these skills to a variety of settings and circumstances. Dr. Timothy Vollmer and the BARC clinical director, Kerri Peters, Ph.D., BCBA-D, supervise doctoral and undergraduate behavior analysis students when providing these services in our on-campus clinic, homes, and schools.
The purpose of BARC is to improve the functioning of individuals with disabilities in order for them to live productively and to teach best practices in applied behavior analysis to University of Florida graduate and undergraduate students. Initially, we identify three targeted and individualized goals with input from parents, teachers, or both. Specialized assessment, treatment, and parent and/or teacher training will follow. Some examples include the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, functional communication training, skills training, and parent training.
The University setting allows several benefits. The BARC engages in various research projects that help us evaluate the effectiveness of our interventions. This ensures that the strategies we use are empirically validated best practices. In fact, we are involved in the identification of those practices through our lines of research regarding treatment for problematic behavior, language development, instruction following, and evaluation of alternative treatments, to name just a few. Additionally, we are able to provide high quality services for our clients because we are staffed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts and PhD and masters-level experts in the field. Students at all levels are able to receive training and participate in supervised service-learning opportunities.
Florida Autism Center (www.flautism.com)
BARC is excited to be collaborating with the Florida Autism Center. BARC provides behavior analytic services for the FAC Gainesville site and peer review consultative services to all FAC locations. The University of Florida’s mission includes research, education, and service as stated objectives. Partnering with FAC has allowed BARC to better accomplish these goals. Through this partnership, BARC graduate and undergraduate students are able to participate in educational, patient care, and administrative matters. Additionally, FAC receives high-quality peer review services from experts in the field in order to ensure on-going best practice. Please see “Projects” for more information about our Peer Review services.