Associate professor Dr. Sheila Quinn and Salve Regina's Department of Psychology have received approval from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for a course sequence that, with supervised fieldwork, qualifies students to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam.
Applied behavior analysis is a scientifically valid, systematic approach to behavior change that examines the variables that reliably influence socially important behaviors. Behavior analysis is used wherever people are interested in behavior change: consumer marketing, rehabilitation clinics, schools, prisons and athletic coaching.
The program that Quinn has implemented offers students the chance to gain valuable research experience while working with autistic children in facilities in Rhode Island. "It's an amazing opportunity to prepare yourself for graduate school, your career or whatever other field you may want to pursue," Samantha de Martin '14 says.