Autism & Developmental Disabilities

The master’s program in Autism and Developmental Disabilities has a course sequence that is Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) approved.  The program prepares individuals to be Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and practitioners of evidence-based practices in the area of autism and developmental disabilities (A&DD). Our training focuses on evidence-based practices in A&DD, the use of scientist-practitioner methods, and culturally diverse populations. Our graduates own applied behavior analysis (ABA)-based clinics for children with autism; and they are employed as behavioral consultants, special education teachers, and ABA therapists.

Faculty

Mark O’Reilly (Area Co-Coordinator) Christina Fragale
Terry Falcomata (Area Co-Coordinator) Nina Zuna

In the Spotlight

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Game Changers: Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report estimates that 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder. Those are daunting numbers, but there is hope.

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Q&A on Challenging Behavior with Dr. Terry Falcomata

Dr. Falcomata’s involvement with education stretches back to his days as a seventh-grade language arts teacher. But it wasn’t until he tackled his master’s work in behavior analysis and training that he developed a passion for the research he currently pursues.