Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science

BACS 511: Behavior Assessment [4]

Course covers principles and practice of behavioral assessment and how behavior assessment data inform a functional analysis. Students will learn direct/indirect assessment, relevant statistical metrics, and report writing principles

BACS 512: Single Subject Design [4]

Course covers single subject experimental and quasi-experimental designs and relevant within subject statistical and graphing principles. Single subject designs will be contrasted against group designs typically employed in psychological research.

BACS 515: Clinical and Consulting Skills [4]

Course focuses on core clinical competencies including attending, listening, and diagnostic interviewing skills. Course also reviews consulting skills that facilitate effective work with families and educators as well as interdisciplinary treatment teams.

BACS 521: Experimental Analysis of Behavior [4]

Course covers basic behavioral research and operations, introducing students to such topics as: schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, establishing operations, differential reinforcement, conditioned reinforcement, and theories of motivation.

BACS 522: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis [4]

Course reviews clinical application of behavioral principles using research reports of specific cases. Course focuses on research surrounding the practical application of principles and techniques

BACS 530: Behavioral Medicine [4]

Course surveys the application of behavioral techniques to the management of health issues (e.g., medication compliance, healthy living, biofeedback, rehabilitative medicine, preventive medicine, and applications to public health).

BACS 531: Advanced Research Methods and Statistics [4]

This is an advanced course in comparative research design and statistics meant to illustrate similarities and differences in single subject experimental designs and group designs in behavioral research. The course emphasizes scholarly understanding of both group and single subject statistics while also helping students refine their scientific writing. .

BACS 532: Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis [4]

Course explores the science and pseudoscience behind psychological assessment. Historical treatment of psychological assessment and exposure to DSM-V will help students become conversant in basic assessment terminology.

BACS 533: Child Behavior Disorders [4]

Course explores the science and pseudoscience behind psychological assessment. Historical treatment of psychological assessment and exposure to DSM-V will help students become conversant in basic assessment terminology.

BACS 534: Adult Behavior Disorders [4]

Course explores advanced concepts in diagnosis and treatment of child behavior disorders. An emphasis is placed on doing a functional analysis, behavioral interventions, and developmental factors that impact treatment outcomes.

BACS 535: Behavior Therapies [4]

Course surveys the different forms of behavior therapy (e.g., cognitive-behavior therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, exposure therapy, virtual treatments) and other behavioral techniques not considered to be applied behavior analysis.

BACS 536: Behavioral Neuroscience [4]

Reviews basic brain biology relationships to human behavior: neuroanatomy structure and function, neuropathology, and effect of neuropathology on observable behavior. Distinguishing neuropathological effects on behavior from environmental determinants are discussed.

BACS 537: Behavioral Psychopharmacology [4]

Course reviews mechanisms of drug action. Students will identify behavioral effects of substance use and learn to distinguish those effects from neuropathology and behavior that results from environmental contingencies.

BACS 538: Clinical Science of Stress, Trauma, and Recovery [4]

Course reviews biological and behavioral effects of stress and traumatic stress. Focus will be on the relationship between neuroanatomical changes and adaptive coping mechanisms. Empirically supported treatment options are discussed

BACS 539: Special Topic: Seminar in Behaviorism and Clinical Science [4]

Course discusses application of science and behaviorism to mental health treatment. Focus on the dangers of pseudoscience and issues surrounding demonstration of empirically supported treatments.

BACS 541: Behavioral Interventions I: Applications [4]

Course demonstrates the operations of principles of behavior across a range of investigative areas. Topics include functional analysis, differential reinforcement, procedures to expand behavioral repertoires, and stimulus control procedures.

BACS 542: Behavioral Interventions II: Special Populations [4]

Course demonstrates advanced applications of behavioral interventions across multiple populations (e.g., special needs, medical and institutionalized patients, autistic children and adults) and settings (e.g., homes, institutions, schools).

BACS 551: Law, Ethics, and Behaviorism [4]

This course aims to develop in students competence in the law as related to behavioral interventions and a keen understanding of professional ethics.

BACS 561: Organizational Behavior, Culture, and Leadership [4]

Course reviews organizational behavior literature focusing on how leadership behaviors affect culture and organizational success. Research studies will be reviewed as major principles of organizational leadership will be covered.

BACS 613: Seminar in Radical Behaviorism [4]

Course surveys the conceptual and empirical foundations of the radical behavioral approach and contrasts it against other behavioral perspectives and mainstream assumptions of clinical psychology.

BACS 661: Professional Development I [2]

Students in this course will receive career advisement, refine professional skills, and investigate training options at the doctoral level.

BACS 662: Professional Development II [2]

Students in this course will focus on preparing for board certification and will complete a mock board certification examination. A student must pass the mock board certification examination in order to pass the course.

BACS 671: Practicum I [2]

Students in this course complete a practicum that involves 250 hours of supervised clinical experience. Students will be mentored by a faculty supervisor.

BACS 672: Practicum II [2]

Students in this course complete a practicum that involves 250 hours of supervised clinical experience. Students will be mentored by a faculty supervisor.

BACS 673: Practicum III [2]

Students in this course complete a practicum that involves 250 hours of supervised clinical experience. Students will be mentored by a faculty supervisor.

BACS 681: Thesis or Capstone I [2]

This is the first course in a two-course sequence for completing a culminating project. Students will detail research methodology and prepare a document describing planned execution of project.

BACS 682: Thesis or Capstone II [2]

This is course two in a culminating project sequence. Students will collect data or complete a capstone project that requires a high level of intellectual inquiry regarding behavioral interventions.