Online MA in ABA


Project MABAS

Project MABAS: (Enhancing the Promotion of Mental Health Wellbeing of Children and Youth in High-Need Schools through Preparing School-Based Behavior Analysts and Social Workers)

This project aims to prepare students to employ universal wellness promotion and prevention strategies, incorporate trauma-informed care into the assessment process and interventions, and work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, particularly in school-based settings, to provide culturally and linguistically inclusive practices. Students admitted into Project MABAS will receive interdisciplinary training to expand the evidence base on effective behavioral and mental health services for youth who require individualized support in a variety of educational settings and to promote the overall mental health and social-emotional well-being of school-aged children. Students receive a full tuition scholarship, a monthly stipend, and attain, in addition to their masters in ABA, a graduate certificate in Children’s Mental Health.

Project MABAS is a collaboration between the ABA MA/MS Program, Department of Child & Family Studies and the School of Social Work MSW Program at the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences University of South Florida in partnership with Hillsborough, Hernando, and Manatee  School Districts.

ABA Program Application Process

All students accepted in the online or campus ABA Master’s Programs are eligible to apply to participate in Project MABAS. The ABA Master’s Program will distribute a Project MABAS application form to each student during the first week of classes. Interested applicants should submit the completed application form, a letter of intent, and a curriculum vitae to Dr. Catia Cividini-Motta in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida.

Scholarship Support

Project MABAS students will receive

  • Paid tuition for the entirety of the Master’s program
  • Monthly Stipends
  • Financial assistance for conference attendance
  • Financial assistance for travel to school districts during school-based fieldwork

Contact information

Dr. Catia Cividini-Motta

Tracy-Ann Gilbert-Smith | 813-974-3096