Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis Offered at LIU Post
This M.A. program can result in an individual becoming licensed as a behavior analyst in New York State.
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brookville, N.Y. (Aug. 11, 2014) – The Psychology Department at LIU Post’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is now offering a Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis, which provides students with a natural-science approach to understanding behavior in individuals. The program will train students to become eligible to apply for certification as behavior analysts, who will serve children and adults with a wide array of emotional, behavioral, and neurological issues, such as intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and emotional issues.
Behavior analysts study how biological, pharmacological, and experiential factors influence the behavior of humans and animals. Recognizing that behavior is something that individuals do, analysts place special emphasis on studying factors that reliably influence the behavior of individuals. Behavior analysts have made discoveries that have proven useful in addressing socially important behavior for the treatment of pervasive developmental disabilities. Examples of behavior analysis include helping children with autism spectrum disorder learn appropriate skills for routine daily activities. Some of these might include academic work or the skills necessary for everyday functioning.
The M.A. in Behavior Analysis requires the completion of 36 credits, includes a thesis, and is designed so that all requirements can be met within two years. The degree can lead to eligibility as a licensed behavior analyst in N.Y. State. In this role, the analyst designs, implements, and evaluates environmental modifications, using behavioral stimuli and consequences, to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior.
“Behavior Analysis is an area of study and application that is designed to help our students be prepared for meaningful careers that will allow them to help their clients improve their functioning at home, in school, and in the community,” said Dr. Gerald Lachter, Ph.D., BCBA-D chairperson, Psychology Department, LIU Post.
For more information on the program and qualifications, visit: liu.edu/CWPost/Academics/Schools/CLAS/Dept/Psychology/Graduate-Programs/MA-Behavior
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