Students collaborating

Faculty Research Interests

Listed below are some broad specialization areas in which graduate students in the Applied Behavioral Science department can work. The faculty members who are active in those research areas are listed. The Prospective students are responsible for identifying the area in which they would like to concentrate your studies and identify a professor(s) with whom they would like to study. More specific information about the research being conducted by each faculty member can be obtained by clicking on their name below.

The Department's research and scholarship span translational, discovery, applied, intervention, and prevention research, conducted by individual faculty members and research and training centers. Among the areas we span are positive youth development and the development of peer relations, child problem behavior, and resilience for youth exposed to trauma; the impact of terrorism, disasters, and violence on child and adolescent development; pediatric and clinical child psychology; early childhood education and intervention with typically developing children and children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities; assessment, prevention, and intervention of children's severe problem behavior; transformations in the environments of children and youth to improve their development; implementation of "best practices" in community programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities; the reduction of obesity and weight-related health problems; health promotion and maintenance in children and families; development and dissemination of evidence-based clinical interventions; drug prevention; disabilities studies; the behavioral economics of choice; environmental sustainability; staff training, treatment integrity, performance and organizational behavior management, and program evaluation; behavioral community psychology; understanding and improving how communities create conditions for health and human development; legal and ethical issues in all the above; and their historical, scientific, and conceptual foundations.


Community Health and Development

Developmental Disabilities and Independent Living

Early Childhood Education


Experimental Analysis of Behavior

History and Philosophy of Behavior Analysis

Juvenile Justice and Interventions