ABOUT BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS

Behavior analysis is the science of behavior, with a history extending back to the early 20th century. Its guiding philosophy is behaviorism, which is based on the premise that attempts to improve the human condition through behavior change (e.g., education, behavioral health treatment) will be most effective if behavior itself is the primary focus.

To date, behavior-analytic scientists have conducted thousands of studies to identify the laws of behavior—the predictable ways in which behavior is learned and how it changes over time. The underlying theme of much of this work has been that behavior is a product of its circumstances, particularly the events that immediately follow the behavior. Behavior analysts have used this information to develop numerous techniques and treatment approaches for analyzing and changing behavior, and ultimately, to improve lives. Because this approach—applied behavior analysis (ABA)—is largely based on behavior and its consequences, techniques generally involve teaching individuals more effective ways of behaving and working to change the social consequences of existing behavior. Treatment approaches based on ABA have been empirically shown to be effective in a wide variety of areas. However, because ABA was first applied to the treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism, this practice area has the largest evidence base and has received the most recognition.


Note: for the purposes of BACB certifications and examinations, ABA is defined as the content of the BCBA/BCaBA Task List and RBT Task List.

ABA Subspecialty Resources

The following educational resources highlight some of the many ABA subspecialty areas. The resources below were produced in partnership with dozens of subject matter experts who provided all of the intellectual content. These resources may be freely distributed and hosted online.

Fact Sheets

ABA Subspecialty Area Summary [PDF]

Autism & Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities [PDF] Behavioral Gerontology [PDF] Behavioral Pediatrics [PDF]
Sports [PDF] Brain Injury Rehabilitation [PDF] Prevention/Intervention in Child Maltreatment [PDF]
Clinical Behavior Analysis [PDF] Education [PDF] Health and Fitness [PDF]
Organizational Behavior Management [PDF] Sustainability [PDF] Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders [PDF]

Videos

Autism & Intellectual Disorders

By Jane S. Howard, PhD, BCBA-D

Behavioral Gerontology

By Jonathan C. Baker, PhD, BCBA-D

Behavioral Pediatrics

By Pat Friman, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Behavior Analysis

By Scott T. Gaynor, PhD

Education

By Janet Twyman, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Health, Fitness, & Sport

By Raymond Miltenberger, PhD, BCBA-D

Intervention in Child Maltreatment

By John R. Lutzker, PhD

Sustainable Practices

By William L. Heward, EdD, BCBA-D

Additional resources will be added to this webpage in the future.
 
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