PhD in ABA

Meet Our Current PhD Students

 2020 Cohort

S Deshmukh

Shreeya Deshmukh, M.S.

Research Interests:

  • ABA and sports
  • Behavioral coaching procedures
  • ABA therapy in a dance context

Current Research Projects:

  • A comparison of the effectiveness of verbal feedback and video feedback to improve dance skills
  • An analysis of the accuracy and completeness of verbal and video feedback during dance training

Classes taught or currently teaching:

  • Research Methods and Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis (Doctoral Teaching Assistant)
  • ABA Basic Principles (Doctoral Teaching Assistant)

A Fuller

Asha Fuller, M.S., BCBA

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Research Interests:

  • ABA in child welfare
  • BST and staff training
  • Teaching safety and self-advocacy skills
  • Law enforcement and correctional officer trainings

Current Research Projects:

  • Using BST to teach mandatory reporters the steps to reporting sexual assault and misconduct
  • Using BST to teach college students bystander intervention and sexual assault reporting skills
  • Evaluating training methods for law enforcement on interacting with individuals diagnosed with ASD and developmental disabilities

Classes taught or currently teaching:

  • Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Planning in Applied Behavior Analysis (Doctoral Teaching Assistant)
  • Single Case Experimental Design (Doctoral Teaching Assistant)

Justin B Han

Justin B Han, M.S., BCBA

Research Interests: 

  • Functional Analysis Methodology and Training
  • Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behaviors
  • Cultural Adaptation of Behavior Technology
  • Translational Research

Research Projects Underway: 

  • Visual-Inspection Fidelity of Functional Analysis 
  • Implementation and Efficacy of
  • Indirect and Descriptive Assessment  

Classes Taught or Currently Teaching: 

  • Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis (Doctoral Teaching Assistant)
  • Visual-Analysis of Functional Analysis Data (Graduate Level) 

Alyssa Rojas
Alyssa Rojas, M.S., RBT

Research Interests:

  • Establishing protective factors for problem behavior
  • Prevention of stereotypic behavior
  • Assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior
  • Early intervention
  • Interdisciplinary school-based intervention
  • Teacher training

Current Research Projects:

  • Descriptive study on appropriate behaviors of typically developing preschoolers
  • Function analysis of topographies of problem behavior
  • Review paper on addressing stereotypy as a risk factor for developing self injurious behavior

Classes taught or currently teaching:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Doctoral Teaching Assistant)
  • Practicum Seminar (Doctoral Teaching Assistant)

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2019 Cohort

Rasha Rida Baruni

Rasha Baruni, M.S., BCBA

Research Interests:
  • BST and safety skills
  • Increasing behavior variability for children with ASD using lag schedules of reinforcement
  • Assessment and treatment of problem behavior
Current Research Projects:
  • Emerging issues in the research on safety skills training
  • An evaluation of video self-modeling to teach firearm safety skills
  • An evaluation of parent implemented web-based behavior skills training for firearm safety skills
  • Using behavioral skills training to increase fidelity of staff room searches at a juvenile residential facility
  • Passive cooperation: A review of procedures to teach tolerance of unavoidable aversive events in daily life for individuals with autism or related disabilities.
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • Fundamentals of ABA (Co-instructor)

  • ABA Basic Principles (Teaching Assistant)

  • Fundamentals of ABA (Instructor)

Link to CV

Amalix Maria Flores Montero

Amalix Flores, M.S., BCBA

Research Interests:
  • Translational Research
  • Adventitious reinforcement and its impact on maintenance of problem behavior/errors emitted in the context of skill acquisition programs
  • Investigating the stimulus function of various behavioral procedures such as the High-P sequences
  • Investigating whether the temporal locus of certain clinical procedures correlates with its efficacy and/or differential effect
Research Projects Underway:
  • Assessing the effects of music on vocal stereotypy and skill acquisition
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • Single-case Experimental Design
  • Child Clinical Psychology- Behavior Therapy
  • Basic statistics
  • Psychology: Basic Process
  • Behavior Modification
  • Research Methods
  • Health Socio-anthropology
  • Practicum Seminar
  • Practicum

    Link to CV

Karie John

Karie John, M.S., BCABA

Research Interests:
  • Preference and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior
Research Projects Underway:
  • Some Effects of Functional Analysis Outside of Session
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • Behavior Assessment and Intervention Planning and Single Case Research Design (Teaching Assistant)

Link to CV

Daniel Kwak
Daniel Kwak, M.A., M.S., BCBA

Research Interests:
  • Evaluating methods of assessing social validity and implementation of socially valid treatments
  • Considerations of culture in assessment, intervention, and training in behavior-analytic research and service provision
  • Considerations of resource allocation, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness in assessments and implementation of treatments
  • Improving assessment and intervention practices within tiered levels of supports
Research Projects Underway:
  • Evaluating methods of assessing social validity: A comparison study
  • Using data-based multicomponent class-wide intervention to increase handwashing in schools
  • A meta-analysis of high-quality studies on training school personnel to implement behavioral interventions
  • Cultural adaptations of assessment, intervention, and training in behavior analysis and related fields: A systematic review
  • Implementing the Class Pass Intervention within schoolwide positive behavioral interventions and supports
  • Using percentile schedules to increase on-task behavior
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • Research Methods and Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Functional Assessment
  • Psychological Methods: Research Procedures
  • Gaps in Educational Opportunity and Achievement

Link to CV

2018 Cohort

Jesse Depaolo, M.S., BCBA
Jesse Depaolo, M.S., BCBA

Research Interests:
  • The use of ABA in sports/athletics
  • Organizational Behavior Management
Research Projects Underway:
  • Negative reinforcement contingency to increase out of practice workouts for collegiate athletes
  • The use of sports based PDC on collegiate athletes
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • Behavior Assessments and Intervention Planning (undergraduate level)
  • Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis (undergraduate level)

Link to CV

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Natalie Mandel
Natalie Mandel, M.S., M.Ed., BCBA

Research Interests:
  • Efficiency of skill acquisition
  • Verbal behavior
Research Projects Underway:
  • An Examination of Skill Acquisition and Generalization of Tacts of Actions

  • Acquisition of Non-Target Stimuli Through Discrete Trial Instruction

  • A Comparison of Behavior-Specific and General Praise on Skill Acquisition

  • Evaluating the Effects of Matched Stimulation on Vocal Stereotypy and Skill Acquisition
  • Assessing Reinforcers and Preferences of Individuals: A Survey
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • ABA in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Fundamentals of Behavior Analysis
Link to CV

Trevor Maxfield
Trevor Maxfield, M.A., BCBA

Research Interests:
  • Safety Skills

  • Incorporation of technology into treatment

Research Projects Underway:
  • An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Bullying Interventions: A Meta-Analysis
  • Video Self-modeling to Teach Firearm Safety Skills
  • Evaluation of Parent Implemented Web-Based Behavior Skills Training for Firearm Safety Skills Group Study
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Research Methods and Ethical Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis

Link to CV

2017 Cohort

Jennifer Cook
Jennifer Cook, M.S., BCBA

Research Interests:
  • Improving sports, health and fitness behaviors
  • Passive cooperation
  • The assessment and treatment of stereotypy
  • Developing evidence-based practitioner models
Current Research Projects:
  • Passive cooperation: A review of procedures to teach tolerance of unavoidable aversive events in daily life for individuals with autism or related disabilities.
  • The behaviors and motivational variables of experienced runners: A survey.
  • An evaluation of the effects of music on running using a three-component multiple schedule.
  • A case study of tolerating aversive but necessary events for an individual with autism: Wearing a bike helmet.
Classes taught or currently teaching:
  • Fundamentals of ABA
  • Behavior Theory
  • Behavior Principles
  • Behavior Assessment and Intervention Planning
  • Ethics in ABA (Upcoming Spring 2020)

Link to CV

View ABA Graduate Student Assistance Fund Profile


 Program Graduates (by year)

2020

Marlesha Bell/ August

Anthony Concepcion/ August

Hannah MacNaul/ May

Bryon Miller/ August

2019

Spencer Gauert/ December

Jessica Moore/ May

Marissa Novotny/ May

Merritt Schenk/ August

Lindsey Slattery/ May

Jennifer Weyman/ May

2018

Claudia Campos/ August

Anna Garcia/ May

Cynthia Livingston/ August

Sindy Sanchez/ August

Leslie Singer/ December

Diego Valbuena/ May

2017

Rocky Haynes/ May

Mallory Quinn/ May