PSYCHOLOGY

M.A. in Behavior Analysis


The field of behavior analysis consists of two interrelated components. Experimental analysis is designed to investigate the fundamental principles of behavior and applied behavior analysis is designed to apply those principles to solving socially important problems of human behavior. The program is designed to give students the training needed to understand these fundamental principles and to apply them to the solution of human problems.

The program requires the completion of 36 credits, and includes a thesis and a non-thesis option. It is designed so that all requirements can be met within two years. Classes typically meet in the evening ( 4:30 pm or later). Depending on the content, classes are either face-to-face, blended, or online.

The degree, along with the hours of required supervised clinical experience, can qualify students to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination (for more information visit https://www.bacb.com)We have affiliation agreements with local service agencies for experience hours. 

Courses

Fall 1st year

  • PSY 607 Experimental Methods in Psychology I (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • PSY 610 Behavior Assessment (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • PSY 651 Behavior Analysis and Learning (3 credits, face-to-face)
Spring 1st year
  • PSY 657 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • PSY 704 Advanced Issues in Psychology I: Autism (3 credits, face-to-face)

Summer 1st year

  • PSY 658 Ethics and Professional Development in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits, blended)
  • PSY 705 Advanced Issues in Psychology II: Development of Behavior Intervention Programs (3 credits, blended)
Fall 2nd year (Non-thesis option)

  • PSY 659 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • PSY 660 Current Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • EDI 643 Education for Cultural Diversity (3 credits, blended)

Fall 2nd year (Thesis option)

  • PSY 707 Thesis Tutorial I (3 credits,, face-to-face)
  • EDI 643 Education for Cultural Diversity (3 credits, blended)
Spring 2nd year (Non-thesis option)
  • PSY 659 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • PSY 759 Maintenance of Client Records (2 credits, online)
  • PSY 799 Behavior Analysis in Theory and Practice (1 credit,, face-to-face)
Spring 2nd year (Thesis option)
  • PSY 659 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • PSY 708 Thesis Tutorial II (3 credits, face-to-face)
  • PSY 759 Maintenance of Client Records (2 credits, online)
  • PSY 799 Behavior Analysis in Theory and Practice (1 credit, face-to-face)

Application for Admission 

This program admits for the Fall only. To ensure attention to individual growth, the number of students is limited. Most have undergraduate degrees in psychology or related disciplines. Applications are processed as they are received. Applications are accepted until August 1.

  • Application fee (non-refundable).
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Submit the results of the General Graduate Record (GRE) Exam.
  • Applicants must have achieved at least a 3.0 overall grade point average or equivalent in a bachelor's program. Students who do not meet this requirement are welcome to discuss their options for admissions with the graduate advisor.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant's potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Personal statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213computer based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5
Applications can be started online (https://apply.liu.edu/quickapp2/?campus=P) and supporting materials can be sent to: 

Graduate Admissions Office 
LIU Post 720 Northern Boulevard 
Brookville, NY 11548-1300 

For information regarding tuition and fees, see http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/Enrollment-Services/Tuition;
For information regarding financial aid, see http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/Enrollment-Services/Financial-Aid;
For additional information, please contact Dr. Benigno Alonso-Alvarez at Benigno.AlonsoAlvarez@liu.edu

Course descriptions

PSY 607 Experimental Methods in Psychology I 

This course establishes the background for using single-case designs, and discusses strategic issues in conducting single-case experiments, focusing on establishing functional relations, types of replication, and the development of experimental questions.

PSY 610 Behavior Assessment 

Behavioral assessment is designed to identify, specify, and measure specific behaviors and client goals, and to design intervention strategies for individual clients relative to these behaviors and goals.

PSY 651 Behavior Analysis and Learning 

This course introduces the basic principles of conditioning and learning including reinforcement theory, stimulus control, and aversive control. In addition, it will introduce students to the history and philosophy of Behavior Analysis.

PSY 657 Applied Behavior Analysis 

This course involves an examination of the theory and practice underlying the application of the principles of classical and operant conditioning to the analysis and treatment of problems in human behavior.

PSY 660 Current Issues in Applied Behavior Analysis 

Students will discuss assigned readings on selected topics on applied behavior analysis in this seminar course. They will also write a review paper on a topic of their choice.

PSY 704 Advanced Issues in Psychology I: Autism

This course focuses on the causes of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD), assessment, identification and implementation of evidence-based strategies in the areas of communication and social relationships, transition to adulthood, and systems of support.

PSY 658 Ethics and Professional Development in Applied Behavior Analysis. 

This course will consist of a discussion of ethical issues related to the practice of applied behavior analysis and professional issues including certification and licensing, the use of punishment, and the evaluation of new procedures in applied behavior analysis.

PSY 705 Advanced Issues in Psychology II

Development of Behavior Intervention Programs. The focus of this course is on integrating the components of behavioral programming in applied settings. The final project will require a written document integrating all components of the intervention and evaluation program. 

PSY 659 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis

Students will gain practical experience in the design and implementation of behavioral programs with individuals with developmental disabilities. All students will work in community-based agencies, attend and complete agency orientation, meet agency guidelines for volunteers and/or employees, and will be supervised by community agency and LIU faculty. 

PSY 707 Thesis Tutorial I

Student receives guidance on the selection of problem and execution of the thesis experiment, followed by an oral defense of the thesis.

PSY 708 Thesis Tutorial II

Student receives guidance on the selection of problem and execution of the thesis experiment, followed by an oral defense of the thesis. 

PSY 759: Maintenance of Client Records

This course is designed to educate behavior analysts and provide a framework for making decisions regarding professional record keeping. Students will be familiarized with the legal and ethical requirements for record keeping of their specific professional context and jurisdiction, including the requirements of state and federal laws.

PSY 799 Behavior Analysis in Theory and Practice

The purpose of this course is to serve as an end-of ­program experience for students in the program, as they address theory and practice of behavior analysis. In this course, they will review fundamental idea and principles of behavior analysis, as well as situations in which it makes sense to use behavior analysis.

EDI 643: Education for Cultural Diversity

The principles and practices of multicultural education are studied in this course, which provides a practical approach to implementation of a culturally diverse Curriculum and Instruction. Major issues covered include human rights, involvement of parents and the community, criteria for multicultural curricula, global issues in education, and formulating an agenda for educational and social action.


CONTACT

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean