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The Psychology Newsletter for Spring 2013 (.PDF, 690 KB) covers updates for the Science IV and V Buildings, profiles some of our faculty and alumni (both Graduate & Undergraduate), and highlights our Honors students and awards winners from 2012.


Applied Behavior Analysis Major

The psychology major track in applied behavior analysis (ABA) prepares students with a strong interest in children's services for graduate school and/or careers in human services, specifically clinical psychology, education, speech pathology, research, and public policy. This major track has specific concentrations in developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and measurement/evaluation.

Applied behavior analysis – a specific conceptual and methodological approach for educational and treatment intervention that historically derives from research in basic learning processes – refers to the precise analysis of behavior and learning patterns and 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:

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 in 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 come to the adivising office (S4-230B) to declare the ABA track. Students enrolled in the track are STRONGLY urged to also fullfill 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.

Do you want learn more about the specific major requirements? Check out the Psychology ABA major requirements worksheet.

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Last Updated: 4/2/14