Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the philosophy and science of human behavior. It has been developed over the past 75 years by literally hundreds of researchers studying human behavior and misbehavior in dozens of different settings. While ABA is most often associated with the teaching of students with autism spectrum disorder, it has been successfully used across many populations including teaching children and adults with developmental disabilities, improving workplace performance and the safety of employees (Organizational Behavior Management), helping people make life style changes including decreasing smoking behavior, increasing exercise and healthy eating habits (Behavioral Medicine), overcoming fears and phobias (Systematic Desensitization), and helping people overcome mental health stressors such as anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder (Cognitive Behavior Therapy).
Behavior analysts focus on the individual needs of their clients and assist them and their families to identify socially significant behaviors that would make the individuals more likely to be independent and successful during their lives. ABA involves a variety of interventions that primarily teach new skills to accomplish independence and success based on personal goals. Every intervention is designed specifically for an individual based on their unique needs and skills.
Behavior analysts complete a prescribed course of study, have at least a master’s degree, engage in a large number of supervised practice hours and must pass a rigorous national exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The BCBA credential is nationally recognized as the highest standard in the field. Within the Applied Psychology Department, Antioch University New England is proud to offer a M.S. degree in ABA. Our program is an Accredited Course Sequence (ACS) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, the credentialing agency for the BCBA designation. Our students work with a variety of children and adults in all of the above referenced populations and are well-respected professionals throughout New England and beyond.