Claudia L. Dozier

Claudia L. Dozier
  • Professor
  • Co-Director of the Edna A. Hill Child Development Center

Contact Info

Dole Human Development Center, 4043
Haworth Hall, 1150


Dr. Claudia Dozier is a Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Dozier received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno, and her doctoral degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Dozier’s areas of research include assessment, treatment, and prevention of behavior disorders, as well as schedules of reinforcement, and preference for and reinforcer efficacy of stimuli (e.g., social interaction). Dr. Dozier is Co-Director of the Edna A. Hill Child Development Center at the University of Kansas. In addition, she and her graduate students provide consultation services to a large residential program serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities where they also have a clinical research lab. She has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and serves on the editorial boards of several other behavioral journals. In 2020, Dr. Dozier received the Steeples Service to Kansans Award for her service to the people of Kansas as a purposeful extension of her teaching and research. Recently, she and her colleagues received a $2.5 million federal grant to provide telehealth services to families with children with autism who engage in disruptive repetitive behavior.


Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavior Analysis), University of Florida
M.A. in Psychology (Behavior Analysis), University of Nevada, Reno
M.S. in Psychology, Florida State University


Research interests:

  • • Functional behavioral assessment, prevention, and function-based intervention across the lifespan
  • Pre-school classroom behavior management
  • Conditioned reinforcement
  • Early intervention and adult service provision
  • Preference and reinforcer efficacy


Teaching interests:

  • Research methods
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Functional behavioral assessment and function-based intervention
  • Autism intervention
  • Undergraduate research
  • Service learning
  • Research experience program

Selected Publications

Harper, A. M., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., Diaz de Villegas, S., Ackerlund Brandt, J. A., & Jowett Hirst, E. S. (2021). Preference for and reinforcing efficacy of different types of attention in preschool children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(3), 882-902.

Diaz de Villegas, S. C., Dozier, C. L., Jess, R. L., & Foley, E. A. (2020). An evaluation of synchronous reinforcement for increasing on-task behavior in preschool children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(3), 1660-1673.

Holehan, K. M., Dozier, C. L., Diaz de Villegas, S. C., Jess, R. L., Goddard, K. S., & Foley, E. A. (2020). A comparison of isolated and synthesized contingencies in functional analyses. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(3), 1559-1578.

Jess, R. L., & Dozier, C. L. (2020). Increasing handwashing in young children: A brief review. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(3), 1219-1224.

Briggs, A. M., Dozier, C. L., Lessor, A. N., Kamana, B. U., & Jess, R. L. (2019). Further investigation of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior without extinction for escape-maintained problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 956-973.

Foley, E. A., Dozier, C. L., & Lessor, A. L. (2019). Comparison of Components of the Good Behavior Game in a Preschool Classroom. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis52, 84-104.

Zonneveld, K. Neidert, P. & Dozier, C. L. (2019). Assessing factors that influence food choices by young children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis52, 240-257.

Dracobly, J. D., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Juanico, J. L. (2017). An analysis of procedures that affect response variability. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis50(3), 600-621. DOI: 10.1002/jaba.392.

Dracobly, J. D., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Juanico, J. C. (2017). Reliability and validity of indirect assessment outcomes: Experts versus caregivers. Learning and Motivation. DOI:10.1016/j.lmot.2017.02.007

Payne, S. Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. & Newquist, M. H. (2016). An analysis of group-oriented contingencies and associated side effects in preschool children. Journal of Behavioral Education.

Juanico, J. F., Dozier, C. L., Payne, S. W., Brandt, J. A., & Jowett Hirst, E. S. (2016). An Evaluation of Toy Quality for Increasing Self-Control in Typically Developing Preschool Children . Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis49(3), 460-471. DOI:10.1002/jaba.320

Jowett Hirst, E. S., Dozier, C. L., & Payne, S. W. (2016). Efficacy of and Preference for Reinforcement and Response Cost in Token Economies. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis49, 329-345.

Brandt, J. A., Dozier, C. L., Juanico, J. F., Laudont, C. L., & Mick, B. R. (2015). The value of choice as a reinforcer for typically developing children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis48, 1-19.

Greer, B. D., Neidert, P. L., & Dozier, C. L. (2015). A component analysis of toilet-training procedures recommended for young children. Journal of applied behavior analysis. DOI:10.1002/jaba.275

Bancroft, S. Thompson, R. Peters, L. Dozier, C. L., & Harper, A. M. (2015). Behavioral variability in the play of children with autism and their typically developing peers. Behavioral Interventions.

Payne, S. W., Dozier, C. L., Neidert, P. L., Jowett, E. S., & Newquist, M. H. (2014). Using additional analyses to clarify the functions of problem behavior: An analysis of two cases. Education and Treatment of Children37, 249-275.

Jones, B. A., Dozier, C. L., & Neidert, P. L. (2014). An evaluation of the effects of access duration on preference assessment outcomes: Access duration and preference. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis47(1), 209-13. DOI:10.1002/jaba.100

Dozier, C. L., Dracobly, J. D., & Payne, S. P. (2013). Unique considerations of Prader-Willi Syndrome. In D. Reed, F. DiGennaro Reed, & J. Luiselli (Eds.), Handbook of Crisis Intervention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Springer.

Dozier, C. L., Iwata, B. A., Wilson, D. M., Thomason-Sassi, J. L., & Roscoe, E. M. (2013). Does supplementary reinforcement of stereotypy facilitate extinction?: Supplementary reinforcement of stereotypy? Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis46(1), 242-255. DOI:10.1002/JABA.15

Greer, B. D., Neidert, P. L., Dozier, C. L., Payne, S. W., Zonneveld, K. M., & Harper, A. M. (2013). Functional analysis and treatment of problem behavior in early education classrooms: Functional analysis in classrooms. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis46(1), 289-295. DOI:10.1002/JABA.10

Payne, S. W., & Dozier, C. L. (2013). Positive reinforcement as treatment for problem behavior maintained by negative reinforcement: Nonfunctional reinforcers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis46, 699-703. DOI:10.1002/JABA.54

Hagopian, L. Dozier, C. L., Rooker, G. & Jones, B. A. (2012). Assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. In G. J. Madden (Ed.), APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis Volume 2: Translating Principles Into Practice (pp. 353-386). Washington, DC: APA books.

Newquist, M. H., Dozier, C. L., & Neidert, P. L. (2012). A comparison of brief rules, a timer, and preferred toys on self-control. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis45, 497-509.

Dozier, C. L., Iwata, B. A., Thomason-Sassi, J. Worsdell, A. S., & Wilson, D. M. (2012). A comparison of two pairing procedures to establish praise as a reinforcer. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis45, 721-735.

Oppenheim, M. Leaf, J. Dozier, C. L., Sherman, J. & Sheldon, J. (2012). Teaching typically developing children to promote social play with their siblings with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders6, 777-791.

Dozier, C. L., Iwata, B. A., & Worsdell, A. S. (2011). Functional analysis and treatment of inappropriate sexual behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis44, 133-137.

Neidert, P. L., Dozier, C. L., Iwata, B. A., & Hafen, M. (2010). Behavior analysis in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Psychological Services7, 103-113.

Rolider, N. U., Iwata, B. I., & Dozier, C. L. (2009). Evaluation of timeout programs through phased withdrawal. Journal of Applied Research in Developmental Disabilities22, 203-209.

Iwata, B. A., & Dozier, C. L. (2008). Clinical application of functional analysis methodology. Behavior Analysis in Practice1, 3-9.

Dozier, C. L., Vollmer, T. R., Borrero, J. C., Borrero, C. S., Rapp, J. T., Bourret, J. & Guitterez, A. (2007). Assessment of Preference for Behavioral Treatment versus Baseline Conditions. Behavioral Interventions22, 245-161.

Gutierrez, A. Vollmer, T. R., Dozier, C. L., Borrero, J. C., Rapp, J. T., Bourret, J. C., & Gadaire, D. (2007). Manipulating establishing operations to verify and establish stimulus control during mand training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis40, 645-658.

Worsdell, A. S., Iwata, B. A., Dozier, C. L., Johnson, A. D., Neidert, P. L., & Thomason, J. L. (2005). Analysis of response repetition as an error correction strategy during sight-word reading. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis38, 511-527.

Neidert, P. L., Iwata, B. A., & Dozier, C. L. (2005). Treatment of multiply controlled problem behavior with variations of differential reinforcement. Exceptionality13, 45-53.

Rapp, J. T., Vollmer, T. R., St. Peter, C. Dozier, C. L., & Cotnoir, N. M. (2004). Analysis of response allocation in individuals with multiple forms of stereotyped behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis37, 481-501.

Rapp, J. T., Dozier, C. L., Carr, J. E., Patel, M. R., & Enloe, K. A. (2004). Functional analysis of erratic body movement maintained by visual stimulation: Incorporating conjugate reinforcement into a paired-stimulus preference assessment. Behavior Modification28, 118-132.

Asmus, J. M., Franzese, J. C., Conroy, M. A., & Dozier, C. L. (2003). Clarifying functional analysis outcomes for disruptive behaviors by controlling consequence delivery for stereotypy. School Psychology Review32, 617-623.

Dozier, C. L. (2003). Problem behavior maintained by attention. Self Injury Abstracts and Reviews12, 1-4.

Thompson, R. H., Iwata, B. A., Hanley, G. P., Dozier, C. L., & Samaha, A. L. (2003). Reversal effects under extinction, noncontingent reinforcement, and differential reinforcement of other behavior: A comparative analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis36, 221-238.

Carr, J. E., Dozier, C. L., Patel, M. R., Nicolson, A. C., & Martin, N. (2002). Treatment of automatically reinforced object mouthing with noncontingent reinforcement and response blocking: Experimental analysis and social validation. Research in Developmental Disabilities23, 37-44.

Britton, L. N., Carr, J. E., Kellum, K. K., Dozier, C. L., & Weil, T. M. (2001). A variation of noncontingent reinforcement in the treatment of aberrant behavior. Research in Developmental Disabilities21, 425-435.

Rapp, J. T., Dozier, C. L., & Carr, J. E. (2001). Functional assessment and treatment of pica: A single-case experiment. Behavioral Interventions16, 111-125.

Dozier, C. L. (2001). Prader-Willi Syndrome. Self Injury Abstracts and Reviews10, 1-4.

Kellum, K. K., Carr, J. E., & Dozier, C. L. (2001). Response-card instruction and student learning in a college classroom. Teaching of Psychology28, 101-104.

Dozier, C. L., Carr, J. E., Enloe, K. Landaburu, H. Eastridge, D. & Kellum, K. K. (2001). Using fixed-time schedules to maintain behavior: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis34, 337-340.

Carr, J. E., Coriaty, S. & Dozier, C. L. (2000). Function-based interventions for aberrant behavior. In J. Austin & J. E. Carr (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis (pp. 91-112). Reno, NV: Context Press.

Carr, J. E., Coriaty, S. Wilder, D. A., Gaunt, B. T., Dozier, C. L., Britton, L. N., Avina, C. & Reed, C. L. (2000). A review of noncontingent reinforcement as treatment for the aberrant behavior of individuals with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities21, 377-391.

Rapp, J. T., Dozier, C. L., Carr, J. E., Patel, M. R., & Enloe, K. A. (2000). Functional analysis of hair manipulation: A replication and extension. Behavioral Interventions15, 121-133.

Patel, M. R., Carr, J. E., & Dozier, C. L. (1998). On the role of stimulus preference assessment in the evaluation of contingent access to stimuli associated with stereotypy during behavioral acquisition. Behavioral Interventions13, 269-274.