BCU students, faculty present at behavior analysis convention in Chicago

BCU students, faculty present at behavior analysis convention in Chicago

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A group of Briar Cliff graduate students and professors presented their research on May 25-27 at the 42nd annual Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Convention in Chicago, Ill.

Jessica Sauter, a student in the Master of Science in Behavior Analysis (MSBA) program at Briar Cliff, and Dr. Corey S. Stocco, assistant professor of psychology, contributed to research titled, “Improving the On-Topic Conversation of Individuals with Autism.” Their research covered evaluations of effective interventions for helping those with autism hold dialogue with other people. Dr. Rachel H. Thompson of Western New England University also helped with the research.

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Jessica Sauter is pictured, middle, with other researchers at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International convention in Chicago, Ill.


Meanwhile, students Atalie Arnold, Jessi Corrick, Francesca Randle and Dr. Stephanie Hood, assistant professor of psychology, contributed to research titled “Increasing Giving and Accepting Compliments with High-Functioning Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” Their research discussed ways to improve social interactions with high-functioning individuals with disabilities by teaching them to give and accept compliments.=

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Briar Cliff students pictured at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International convention in Chicago, Ill.


Since 1974, the ABAI has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application and teaching of behavior analysis. The ABAI holds an annual convention promoting dissemination of the science of behavior analysis.

Briar Cliff’s Master of Science program in Behavior Analysis prepares students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). The University has also launched an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Behavior Analysis program, designed to prepare students to become Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs). Both programs partner with regional organizations to provide students with hands-on practicum experiences.

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