Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Washington, D.C.
- Full-Time, Part-Time
- 5 Years Full-Time, 10 Years Part-Time
Graduates of The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis program in Washington D.C. will have the foundation to become lead practitioners and researchers in educational, clinical, and business settings. Guided by practitioner faculty, the Applied Behavior Analysis program in Washington D.C. includes advanced coursework in: The experimental analysis behavior Philosophical and conceptual issues Research methods Experimental […]
Graduates of The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis program in Washington D.C. will have the foundation to become lead practitioners and researchers in educational, clinical, and business settings.
Guided by practitioner faculty, the Applied Behavior Analysis program in Washington D.C. includes advanced coursework in:
- The experimental analysis behavior
- Philosophical and conceptual issues
- Research methods
- Experimental and instructional design
In addition, students are required to pass a comprehensive written and oral exam and to conduct dissertation research that makes an original contribution to the knowledge base of the field.
In the on-ground blended program, students take two courses concurrently within a 15-week semester in a cohort fashion, learning and sharing experiences with the same group of classmates for the duration of the program. Classes meet face-to-face two weekends per month, with online assignments and discussions between classes.
Eligible to pursue certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts, graduates emerge from the Applied Behavior Analysis program with an extensive knowledge in the field, preparing them for successful careers as practitioners and researchers in the following settings:
- Government agencies
Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program: Washington, D.C. Student Experience
Surrounded by much of the nation’s historical and cultural riches, students will have the opportunity to benefit from a location essential to much of the United States’ political, governmental, and multi-national affairs.
Expanding on the success of the Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. campuses, the D.C. campus reflects The Chicago School’s commitment to diversity and effort to expand mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.
Critical Analysis of Research in Verbal Behavior
Verbal Behavior offers a conceptual analysis of verbal behavior. This course provides students with the opportunity to analyze research that has influenced a behavior-analytic conceptualization of verbal behavior and to examine current trends in research related to verbal behavior. Students will read research that has contributed to empirical support for Skinner’s conceptualization of verbal behavior and analyze the strengths and limitations of these studies in order to identify areas of research that are still needed for a complete understanding of verbal behavior. Students will then develop a framework for determining which aspects of verbal behavior have empirical support and which aspects of verbal behavior have yet to be explored.
Supervision and Consulting in ABA
In this course, students will learn how to supervise behavior analysts and other practitioners. Topics addressed include: supervising direct care staff, teachers, and parents; professional development and training; in-home and school consulting; and competency-based staff training. Ethical issues associated with supervision as a behavior analyst will also be discussed. As part of this course, students will supervise graduate students at practicum sites.
Experimental Analysis of Behavior
This course addresses critical areas of the experimental analysis of behavior (EAB) literature and focuses on thematic research in several sample areas of stimulus equivalence, generalization and discrimination, concept formation, escape and aviodance, and schedule-induced behavior. Students read classic research articles in the field of EAB, as well as more current research designed to assess behavioral mechanisms associated with experimental findings. By the end of the course students will know how to read and understand basic research articles (e.g., in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and other journals in experimental psychology) and will understand the implications of such research for the theoretical basis of the field and its application to human behavior.
Post-Baccalaureate Program Entry:
Students that enroll in the post-baccalaureate Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis program sequence complete all program requirements and can apply for the award of the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis degree as part of their Ph.D. program. Both the Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis and the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis are aligned with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®). Applicants for BCBA® certification must meet additional requirements established by BACB® including application, examination, and background check.
Post-Master’s Program Entry
Students that have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the BACB®, but have not completed the BACB®-approved course sequence will meet degree, coursework, and supervised experienced requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task list) at the completion of the Credentialing Track curriculum requirements.
BCBA Examination Pass Rates
*Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.
State Professional Licensure
There may be state professional licensure requirements to practice applied behavior analysis. A state’s licensure board determines the specific requirements for candidates seeking professional licensure and those requirements are subject to change. The following is professional licensure information as of the date of publication:
- The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis, Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the BACB® in conjunction with BCBA® certification aligns with degree and certification requirements for professional licensure in Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Graduation from the above listed degree programs aligns with degree requirements for professional licensure in Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York. Note that candidates for licensure may be required to meet additional state requirements such as application, examination, and background check.
- A professional license is not required to practice behavior analysis in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. State laws on professional licensure are subject to change by their legislatures.
It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any state not listed above. The Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis may meet some or all of the requirements of states not listed, but additional state-specific approvals or coursework and/or practicum hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements. Some state licensing requirements include the following: completion of a master’s degree, post-graduate field work, certification as a board certified behavior analyst, examination, and application for license.
Due to recent and ongoing changes in state professional licensure of applied behavior analysis practitioners, students should contact the state board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure. To assist with this research, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysists (APBA) publishes information regarding state licensure.
Students are also required to complete a dissertation. The dissertation must be a data-based empirical evaluation that marks an original contribution to the published literature. The Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence facilitates student completion of the dissertation with a carefully designed course sequence that has the necessary steps toward dissertation completion embedded into the required coursework. Students receive detailed information about the dissertation process and related requirements during their first year in the program.
Students applying to the Ph.D. in, Behavior Analysis Specialization program must submit the following:
c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900
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Students applying to the Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis: Credentialing Track must submit the following:
- Application Fee: $50
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Essay – Please answer the following two questions on separate sheets of paper (approximately 500 words each).
- Describe the areas of applied behavior analysis that most interest you – including your professional goals – and how those interests developed. How will completion of the doctoral program in Applied Behavior Analysis facilitate achieving your professional goals?
- As a behavior analyst, you are likely to work and study with people from many different backgrounds. Tell us some of the challenges you see studying and working with people different from yourself, and what you would contribute in your interactions.
- Official College/University Transcripts
- Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis program (post‐Master’s) is open to any person who has earned a Master’s degree as specified below from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. The school admits applicants whom it judges to possess sufficient academic aptitude, as well as the emotional and social maturity to function effectively as a professional behavior analyst. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to engage in graduate work.
Factors considered in admission are:
- Undergraduate and any graduate coursework
- GPA from undergraduate and graduate schools
- Successful work history
- Admission essay(s)
- Letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors
An undergraduate or graduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the school’s Applied Behavior Analysis doctoral program.
Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.
Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. post‐Master’s must fall into one of these three categories:
- Category A: Have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and hold a current BCBA® certification in good standing.
- Category B: Have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and have completed the BACB® approved courses required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task) list.
- Category C: Have a master’s degree in Psychology, Education, Behavior Analysis, or other related degree in field that is recognized by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and that have not completed the BACB® approved courses required to qualify for the BCBA® credentialing examination (based on the Fourth Edition Task) list. Students admitted upon category C will be required to successfully complete the Credentialing Track requirements (28 credits).
The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.