Behavior Analysis

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

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Candidates for the PhD program in Behavior Analysis 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.

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

Admission options and prerequisites vary by program. Learn more about the requirements for the PhD in Behavior Analysis.

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Behavior Analysis at Simmons University

Our Behavior Analysis program prepares students for leadership roles in the implementation, evaluation and administration of applied behavioral analytic principles and methods.

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Ronald Allen

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Doctoral Program Director