Dole Human Development Center

Department of Applied Behavioral Science

Applied Behavior Science Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, we understand that an equitable and safe multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural environment produces innovative thinking, research, and learning. We seek to provide an environment for learning and working where differences are valued and each person in the ABS community is supported and offered an equitable opportunity – irrespective of national origin, age, sex, health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability – to achieve their academic and professional goals. These efforts are led by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and are supported by our faculty and staff.

Welcome to the Department of Applied Behavioral Science

We are a premier undergraduate and graduate training program with a rich 50+-year history. We have 20 regular faculty members, over 200 undergraduate majors, and approximately 100 graduate students. Several of our faculty members hold joint appointments in the Psychology Department as members of an independent graduate training program – the Clinical Child Psychology Program.

We have several respected and high-quality graduate programs, including an online and campus master’s degree in behavior analysis, a doctoral degree in behavioral psychology, a joint program with master’s in public health and doctorate in behavioral psychology, an online ABAI-verified course sequence, and a graduate certificate in community health and development. Moreover, our master’s and doctoral programs are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Please feel free to click around our site to learn more about our faculty, students, and programs. If you cannot find the information you’re seeking, contact our department at or call the department directly at 785-864-4840.

Florence D. DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Associate Professor and Chairperson

Graduate Application Fee Waivers

If you are a current McNair scholar, you are eligible for an application fee waiver and can mark as such on the application. The waiver will be applied to your application once you have marked your status.

A limited number of KU application fee waivers are available for non-McNair Scholar applicants. These are provided on a first-come first-serve basis, and are not guaranteed due to the limited availability of funds. Please email Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed if you meet any of the below criteria and would like to request the application fee waiver:

  • Applicants who are both first-generation and income-limited college students,*
    * The term “Income-limited” is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as having a household taxable income for the preceding year of less than 150 percent of the poverty level amount.
  • Applicants who are members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in higher education (excluding international applicants),
  • Applicants who are active members of the U.S. Armed Forces or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and
  • Applicants who have served for two or more years in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or a similar governmental or NGO service program. 

Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Derek Reed, Director of Graduate Studies, at