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Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis is a specific conceptual and methodological approach for education and treatment intervention that historically derives from research in basic learning processes. Applied behavior analysis refers to the precise analysis of behavior and learning patterns as well as the conditions that serve to elicit and maintain these behaviors and patterns.

In addition to drawing upon work in experimental psychology, applied behavior analysis encompasses research from the fields of:

  • clinical psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • educational psychology
  • neuropsychology

Applied behavior analysis must also be discussed within the context of the particular characteristics of the individual receiving services, as well as family, social and political contexts. The choice of setting, structure and goals is highly dependent upon diagnostic issues such as autism, emotional disturbance, learning disability, etc. that surround the individual.

Strong emphasis is placed on knowledge of basic and applied research, professional ethics and practical skills.


Admission to the track in applied behavior analysis is open only to students who are enrolled in or who have completed PSYC 355, the Lab in Child Behavior. Entry into this course is by interview only. General information meetings with interviews are held each semester during pre-registration for enrollment for the following semester. Dates will be posted under the events page and sent out to the listserv. For questions about the timing or nature of the interviews, please contact

To declare this track, students must have earned a C or higher in PSYC 111 and PSYC 243 as well as have previously taken or be currently registered for PSYC 355. If a student meets these conditions, they may fill out the ABA Declaration of Major Form here . Students enrolled in the track are STRONGLY urged to also fulfill all requirements for the psychology major.

For more information on the psychology: ABA major, contact Dr. Raymond Romanczyk at the Institute for Child Development, 607-777-2829 or

Do you want learn more about the specific major requirements?

Psychology ABA major requirements worksheet (pdf, 649kb)

Last Updated: 10/30/17