Title

Emerging Opportunities in Higher Education: Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

European Journal of Behavior Analysis

Volume

11

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Online

Publication Date

1-30-2017

First Page

207

Last Page

216

Abstract

The growing number of children diagnosed with autism and the recognized importance of evidence-based interventions has substantially increased the need for well-trained applied behavior analysts. Relative to public/consumer demand, there are very few higher education programs that are equipped to train behavior analysts specializing in autism. Worldwide, there are only a few programs accredited by Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), that have course sequences approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), and have formal institutional course approval for classes in autism and behavior analysis. The purpose of this paper is to introduce a series of expert commentary on the context, content and systems required to build quality higher education programs in autism and applied behavior analysis. Together the articles in this special section of the European Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis form a resource for faculty and university administrators interested in the development of innovative and socially relevant training programs in higher education.

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