Program is only sequence in Kentucky to receive verification from Association for Behavior Analysis International

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Department of Psychology’s undergraduate specialty track in applied behavior analysis (ABA) has been verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International as meeting the core academic requirements for the board certified assistant behavior analysis credential. Murray State’s ABA track is the only undergraduate course sequence in the commonwealth of Kentucky to have received verification. 

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Established in 2018, the ABA track in psychology is designed to give students broad exposure to the core principles and applications of behavior analysis. From courses in behavioral measurement and learning principles to specialized seminars in professional ethics and autism spectrum disorders, the sequence provides students with a combination of academic knowledge and practical skills. 

“We are pleased to be the first program in Kentucky to offer a verified course sequence in applied behavior analysis at the undergraduate level,” said associate professor of psychology Dr. Mike Bordieri, who oversees the ABA program. “Students in the track will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of behavioral interventions and gain practical experience through classroom activities and projects. There is a tremendous need for more behavioral support for children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and behavioral problems in the western Kentucky region, and our hope is that this track will help prepare our graduates to meet this need.”

ABA uses psychological principles of behavior change to increase socially meaningful behaviors and reduce behaviors that limit independence. Grounded in basic psychological research, ABA is the gold-standard treatment for autism spectrum disorder, and it has been applied broadly with a range of other populations and social problems. Behavior analysts work in schools, businesses, hospitals, clinics and other settings to design environments that lead to meaningful improvements in people’s lives.

For more information on the program, contact Bordieri at mbordieri@murraystate.edu or visit the ABA track website at murraystate.edu/psychABA.

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