Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis


Salve Regina University’s Ph.D. program in behavior analysis provides the coursework, research mentorship and supervised clinical work necessary to help students establish a well-rounded behavior analytic repertoire. Students who complete this terminal degree meet the qualifications to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and are highly equipped for advanced clinical, research and teaching positions.

Meet the Demand for High-Quality Behavior Analysts 

Behavior analysis is a rapidly growing profession, with continuously evolving opportunities for professional development. With diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities increasing, the need for high-quality behavior analysts is soaring. In Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts alone, demand for behavior analysts with advanced degrees increased 350% from 2018-2021.

Salve Regina’s doctoral program in behavior analysis provides a high-touch educational experience that optimizes each student’s outcomes while maintaining academic rigor and emphasizing experiential learning. Students conduct research and provide services to address societal issues, including helping individuals with developmental disabilities increase their autonomy and independence.

Evening courses are offered at our Newport campus, while student research, practicum placements and other experiential opportunities are scheduled flexibly in terms of time and location.

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Advance Your Career

The demand for high-quality behavior analysts is soaring. With one of the most affordable programs in the Northeast, our Ph.D. program in behavior analysis provides a pathway to upward mobility, professional advancement and enhanced career satisfaction.

Learn by Doing

Following a scientist-practitioner approach, Salve Regina's behavior analysis program offers exceptional opportunities to conduct mentored research, practice clinical skills in supervised settings and participate in unique hands-on experiences.

Dedicated Faculty

Our dedicated faculty are accomplished professionals whose interests span the scope of the field. Their clinical expertise includes assessment and treatment of problematic behavior, skill acquisition and specialized instruction, and training and supervision.

Explore Salve Regina's Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis Curriculum

Prior to enrolling in the Ph.D. in behavior analysis, students must meet the requirements for Salve Regina's M.S. in behavior analysis. Students who are currently pursuing the M.S. in behavior analysis are eligible to complete an internal application for the Ph.D. program near the completion of their master's program.

Course Requirements

12 courses | 36 credits

Required courses:

  • PSY623: Autism Spectrum and Other Developmental Disabilities
  • PSY630: Advanced Research Methods
  • PSY631: ABA Consultation
  • PSY636: Experimental Analysis of Behavior II
  • PSY642: Behavior Analysis and Societal Issues
  • PSY672: Practicum III
  • PSY673: Practicum IV
  • PSY675: Behavior Analysis: College Teaching
  • PSY690: Dissertation Research and Writing I
  • PSY691: Dissertation Research and Writing II

Students also choose two of the following elective courses:

  • PSY613: Educational Psychology
  • PSY621: Health Psychology
  • PSY625: Mental Health Constructs
  • PSY633: Organizational Behavior Management
  • PSY640: Current and Professional Issues in Behavior Analysis
  • PSY651: Critical Thinking and Decision Making in Psychology
  • PSY680: Individual Research
  • PSY699: Special Topics

Time to Complete


2-3 years

Program Format


Evening classes

Application Deadline


Dec. 15 - Priority admission
May 1 - Regular admission

Learn More About Salve Regina's Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis

Our terminal degree in behavior analysis empowers students to fill the need for highly qualified professionals in a variety of settings. We provide the leadership, research and advanced clinical skills needed to impact your organization and the field in meaningful ways.

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