Behavior Analysis is the scientific study of principles of learning and behavior. Two primary areas of study include:
  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior:
    The basic science of the discipline and has, over many decades, accumulated a substantial and well-respected body of research literature on how behavior is learned and changes over time. The experimental analysis of behavior is the scientific foundation of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):
    A systematic approach for influencing socially important behavior through the identification of reliably related environmental variables and the production of behavior change techniques that make use of those findings. Practitioners of behavior analysis provide services consistent with the dimensions of ABA.

    Common services may include, but are not limited to:

    • Conducting behavioral assessments
    • Analyzing data
    • Writing and revising behavior-analytic treatment plans
    • Training others to implement components of treatment plans
    • Overseeing the implementation of treatment plans

    Behavior analysts provide services to clients with a variety of needs including, but not limited to:

    • Organizational Functioning (e.g., staff performance, management and pay structure interventions)
    • Skill Deficits (e.g., communication, adaptive behavior)
    • Problem Behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behavior)

For the purposes of BACB certifications and exams, the content of applied behavior analysis is contained in the BACB Task List.

Informational resource on identifying ABA Interventions  (APBA, 2017)