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Stephanie Kincaid, PhD

Assistant Professor in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science

Stephanie Kincaid Professor in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science

Welcome to my page! I am an Assistant Professor in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science at Rollins College and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D).

I earned my Ph.D. from West Virginia University, an institution with a long history in behavior analysis.  Following my Ph.D., I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Severe Behavior at the Marcus Autism Center, an NIH Autism Center of Excellence, in Atlanta, GA. 

I am very interested in disseminating the field of Behavior Analysis (i.e., I love talking about what we do!) so please feel free to reach out to me to learn more. 

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Assistant Professor | Rollins College
August 2018 - present   
Department of Health Professions, Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science Program

Visiting Assistant Professor | Rollins College
August 2016 - July 2018
Department of Health Professions

Postdoctoral Fellow | Marcus Autism Center
July 2015 - July 2016
Severe Behavior Program

Adjunct Faculty | Georgia State University
January 2016 - May 2016
Educational Psychology

Kincaid Lab: What We Do

We are interested in bridging the gap between laboratory research and the many real-world settings in which behavior analysis can change lives.  Our projects range from basic Skinnerian operant research to clinical applications.  Currently, our research centers around three main themes:

Relapse Phenomena:  Why do behaviors that were once eliminated come back? 

Everyone knows that just because you stopped doing something at one point, doesn't mean you'll never go back to that behavior again.  From failed diets to drug relapse, or even relapse of problem behavior following effective treatment with ABA, the return of behavior is everywhere.  Though "relapse" has a negative connotation, behavior coming back can also be a force for good!  Behavior recurrence is involved in creativity and problem solving, and allows us to adapt to new situations.  These examples illustrate the importance of understanding why, and how,                     once "extinguished" behavior returns. 

Organizational Behavior Management:  How can we use the power of reinforcement to bring out the best in people at work? 

Have you ever had a boss that never used the "carrot," but always the "stick?"  Or maybe you're a supervisor that reminds your employees over and over again about their responsibilities, but they never listen- they just complain that you're just "nagging" them?  Understanding the application of behavior principles to workplace situations can help manage a diverse range of organizational problems.  Also importantly, being able to use behavior analytic skills in a management/supervisory context is essential to be an effective BCBA

Behavior-Analytic College Teaching:  Innovation in higher education using behavior analysis.

This line of research is focused on applying cutting-edge ABA research to the college classroom.  From effects of technology on classroom behavior, to active-learning strategies, to optimizing online education using Personalized Systems of Instruction (PSI), we are committed to investigating and applying empirically-supported, innovative approaches to instruction of undergraduate and graduate learners.   

Getting Involved

If you are interested in joining the lab as an undergraduate or graduate research assistant, please contact Dr. Stephanie Kincaid. 

Current Projects

  • Concurrent resurgence of negatively-reinforced caregiving behavior. 
  • Resurgence of maladaptive parenting behavior in a simulated caregiving context.
  • Identifying workplace reinforcers in Applied Behavior Analysis Clinics. 
  • Effects of visual prompts on cleaning and safety behavior in organizational settings.   

Recent Publications

Kincaid, S.L., & Lattal, K. A. (2018). Beyond the break point: recurrence of ratio-strained behavior with Reinstatement, Resurgence, and Renewal. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
Nighbor, T.D., Kincaid, S.L., O'Hearn, C.M., & Lattal, K.A. (2018). Stimulus contributions to operant resurgence.  Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. 
Lattal, K.A., Cancado, C. R., Cook, J.E., Kincaid, S.L., Nighbor, T.D., Oliver, A.C. (2017) On defining resurgence. Behavioral Processes, 141, 85-91.
Kincaid, S. L., Lattal, K. A., & Spence, J. (2015). Super-resurgence: ABA renewal increases resurgence. Behavioral Processes, 115, 70-73.

Courses Taught

  • BACS 522: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • BACS 521: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • BACS 537: Behavioral Psychopharmacology
  • BACS 561: Organizational Behavior, Culture, and Leadership
  • BACS 551: Law, Ethics, & Behaviorism
  • BACS 671, 672, 673: Intensive Practicum
  • BACS 681, 682, 683: Thesis & Capstone

PSY 330: Organizational Behavior

Innovation in Teaching

  • I believe that, as behavior analysts, we should "practice what we preach" in the classroom.  That means that I strive to incorporate behavior-analytic, empirically-supported teaching techniques.  My approach is active-learning based and student-centered.  Some of my favorite techniques include: 
    • "Flipped Class" (watch a video lecture at home, then do activities in class)
    • Class debates and discussions
    • Role-play exercises
    • Response cards
    • Scavenger hunts and games
    • ...and more! 
In 2018 I was awarded a Faculty Instructional Technology Integration (FITI) Grant.  Click here to learn more about how I used the FITI grant to incorporate innovative techniques in one of my introductory courses.  

I am a current member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA). Both of these organizations host annual professional conferences that I attend with ABACS students.

In addition, I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D). This credential is managed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®).  


Rollins students, alumni, and faculty provide support for autism caregivers

Faculty members from the Hamilton Holt School's Applied Behavior Analysis & Clinical Science master’s program are offering guidance to caregivers of individuals with autism and related disorders at no cost via video chat. The program is the brainchild of Kara Wunderlich, a visiting professor in the Department of Health Professions, who wanted to provide support to parents and guardians of those with developmental disabilities who are faced with new challenges due to mandatory stay-at-home orders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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