In behavior analysis, change is good and often has a lasting, positive impact on a business, school or individual. The first step to a meaningful career in the field can be taken at the University of North Texas by pursuing a Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis.
The Department of Behavior Analysis' innovative program provides:
You can pursue one of two tracks depending on your career interest. The applied track prepares you to work as a behavior analyst upon graduation, while the research track prepares you to enroll in a doctoral program. We also offer courses that focus on autism or lead to certification in applied behavior analysis.
Our faculty members include professors who've been recognized by the American Psychological Association and the National Institutes of Health, among others. They also provide consultations regarding behavioral interventions and human performance in institutions, business and industry. Their current research includes:
The department was instrumental in founding the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis and remains its headquarters. Our graduate program was also the nation's first to earn accreditation from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (550 West Centre Ave.; Portage, Mich. 49024; telephone 269-492-9310). This distinction means we meet or exceed strict standards for excellence in education. The department was also awarded the 2012 Enduring Programmatic Contributions Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis for establishing a tradition of leadership in teaching, service and scholarship.
The Beatrice Barrett Neuro-Operant Lab employs students to run experiments using fMRI to measure neural events as learning occurs. All experiments are administered by Dr. Michael Schlund.
The Behavior Analysis Resource Center research and treatment team assesses and develops treatment for behavior disorders exhibited by persons with developmental disabilities. This project provides services to residents at the Denton State Supported Living Center, Denton County MHMR Center and the Child Study Center. Faculty supervisor: Dr. Richard Smith.
The Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory focuses on understanding drug action in terms of basic behavioral processes. Past studies conducted by the lab include environmental determinants of drug tolerance, the role of reinforcement conditions in modulating drug-induced stereotypy, the effects of drugs on decision making (delay discounting) and conditioned taste aversion to drugs of abuse. Faculty supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Pinkston.
Direct Assessment, Teaching and Analysis research examines the effects of behavioral interventions on an individual's acquisition, fluency and generalization of academic or communication skills. An emphasis is placed on conceptual systematic interventions that enhance aspects of verbal behavior. Faculty supervisor: Dr. Traci Cihon.
The Human Operant Lab attempts to understand the processes that underlie complex human behavior such as abstraction, concept formation and remembering. Populations studied typically include developing and developmentally delayed persons of all ages. Areas of focus include stimulus equivalence, short-term remembering and attending. Faculty supervisor: Dr. Manish Vaidya.
The North Texas Autism Project provides services that apply behavioral approaches to treating autism. Training opportunities are available in the Family Connections Project, Teaching Partners in Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions, Distance Education Program and Global Learning Community Project. Faculty supervisor: Dr. Shahla Ala'i-Rosales.
The Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals is a group interested in gaining experience in animal training. Faculty supervisor: Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz.
The Pigeon Lab seeks to understand the limits of human-nonhuman similarities and differences by studying the development of complex performances in pigeons. Recent topics have included concept learning and short-term remembering. Faculty supervisor: Dr. Manish Vaidya.
You must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and the following program requirements. The graduate school admission requirements are outlined on their website. The program requirements are:
Amounts vary each year, but the following financial assistance programs are available to help you pursue your education:
Information about other financial assistance programs is available at the Financial Aid website.
Shahla Ala'i-Rosales, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Applied behavior analysis and autism; early childhood education; parent and teacher training; errorless teaching techniques.
Traci M. Cihon, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Verbal behavior; applied behavior analysis and autism; effective instruction in higher education; translational research.
Jonathan Pinkston, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida. Basic behavioral pharmacology; basic processes in drug/ behavior interactions.
Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Applied behavior analysis in the community; experimental analysis of stimulus control; behavior development; generalization processes.
Richard G. Smith, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Florida. Behavior analysis in developmental disabilities; analysis of basic processes in severe behavior disorders; treatment of self-injurious behavior; parent training and related services.
Karen Toussaint, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Early intervention for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
Manish Vaidya, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida. Basic stimulus control processes; memory and cognitive deficits in aging; history and philosophy of behavior analysis; technology transfer; organizational behavior management.