I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and an alumnus of the TCS Applied Behavior Analysis program. I have been teaching behavior analysis since 2011, and have taught both on ground at the Chicago campus and online. I have taught a wide range of courses including Behavior Analysis of Human Sexuality, Verbal Behavior, Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Assessment and Intervention – the common thread of the science of human behavior is what excites me as both a teacher and an eternal student.
Behavior analysis is not only the science of human behavior, but also the science of learning. As such, my teaching philosophy is strongly grounded in this field. My definition of learning is, fairly simply, an increase in correct responding over time that endures over time, combined with the ability to synthesize educational material from multiple sources into a new product. A common behavior analytic saying is, “the learner knows best”. This means that, if a student is not successful in one of my courses, my goal is to alter my own strategies and the course environment to better ensure that success. While I aim to be flexible in my teaching style, what I find to be critical for all students is ongoing interaction with course material, timely submissions and communication, and self-advocacy. My role is that of a facilitator, and students should feel free to approach me for help and suggestions.