The PhD program in Behavior Analysis is a 68-credit doctoral program designed to train and position qualified behavior analysts to make significant contributions to the science and to the community.

Candidates should have the motivation and capacity to contribute to professional literature. They should also be interested in a fusion style of research wherein the findings from other disciplines are used to improve behavior analytic research.

Coursework includes topics such as behavioral assessment, descriptive analysis, demonstration of functional relations, measurement and intervention tactics, data display and interpretation, selection of target behaviors and goals, family issues, legal and ethical issues and crisis management.

While many students in our Applied Behavior Analysis programs are drawn from the fields of education and special education, the potential applications for this degree vary widely. Our alumni go on to satisfying careers in diverse fields such as behavioral medicine, organizational behavior management, instructional design and animal training.

Program Requirements

Candidates must have a Master’s degree or higher in Behavioral Education, Applied Behavior Analysis or a related field, including psychology, education, or special education, and must be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst™. Additional requirements include official transcripts from all coursework completed since high school, three letters of recommendation, a résumé, a statement of purpose, an analytical writing sample, an interview, and official GRE general test scores.

This program requires 68 semester hours, the equivalent of 17 courses. Students may enroll on either a full- or part-time basis beginning in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.


CORE COURSES

DEDU 651 Applied Statistical Analysis I

DEDU 652 Applied Statistical Analysis II

DEDU 653 Qualitative Research

DEDU 654 Quantitative Research

DEDU 655 Diversity in Education

DEDU 670 Dissertation Seminar

DEDU 690 Dissertation

DEDU 699 Dissertation Extention


COGNATE COURSES

DABA 601 History of Applied Behavior Analysis

DABA 610 Verbal Behavior

DABA 615 Behavioral Research in Education

DABA 616 Behavioral Consultation in Schools

DABA 620 Organizational Behavior Management

DABA 625 Advanced Functional Assessment and Analysis

DABA 630 Experimental Analysis of Behavior

DABA 635 Behavioral Medicine

DABA 640 Professional and Scholarly Activity

Faculty
    Russel Maguire
    • Russell Maguire
    • Associate Professor/Chair, Grad Prog. Director, Behavior Analysis
    • Phone: 617-521-2550
    • Office: W303E
    Ronald Allen
    • Ronald Allen
    • Associate Professor of Practice
    • Phone: 617-521-2571
    • Office: W303F
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    Gretchen Dittrich
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Courses
Verbal Behavior DABA-610 4.00 Lecture
Organizational Behavr Managmnt DABA-620 4.00 Lecture
Behavioral Research in Educ. DABA-615 4.00 Lecture
Behavioral Consults in School DABA-616 4.00 Lecture
Adv. Func. Assess & Analysis DABA-625 4.00 Lecture
Experimental Analysis of Behv DABA-630 4.00 Lecture
Behavioral Medicine DABA-635 4.00 Lecture
Applied Statistical Analysis I DEDU-651 4.00 Lecture
Applied Statistics Analysis II DEDU-652 4.00 Lecture
Qualitative Research DEDU-653 4.00 Lecture
Quantitative Research DEDU-654 4.00 Lecture
Diversity in Education DEDU-655 4.00 Lecture
Dissertation Seminar DEDU-670 2.00 Lecture
Dissertation Extension DEDU-699 0.00 Lecture
History of Behaviorism DABA-601 4.00 Lecture
Scholarly & Prof. Activity DABA-640 4.00 Lecture
Research

Collaborative Research

Students are actively engaged in professional research, teaming up with Simmons's nationally renowned faculty to implement, write, and publish research, and to present their work at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

Recent research topics include:

  • Learning to Ride: Pedaling Made Possible Through Positive Behavioral Interventions
  • Constructed-Response Spelling and Literary Development: An Application in an Urban Classroom
  • Task Analysis, Correspondence Training, and General Case Instruction for Teaching Personal Hygiene Skills
  • The Effects of Word-Picture Associations on the Vocabulary Development of High School Students with Dyslexia
How to Apply

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