University of Florida | Department of Psychology

Graduate Information

The graduate program in Behavior Analysis emphasizes integration of theoretical, experimental, and applied behavior analysis. The organizational theme of the program is the premise that the theoretical aspects of behavior analysis combined with a natural-science approach to research unite the basic and applied areas. This orientation is reflected by required courses in theoretical foundations of behavioral analysis, quantitative methods, advanced experimental analysis of behavior, and applied behavior analysis. Advanced seminars are offered on topics such as behavioral pharmacology, behavioral medicine, substance abuse, verbal behavior, behavioral assessment, human operant behavior, developmental disabilities, and others. Additional course work in Psychology and other departments is completed according to individual goals and interests as specified in each student’s individual program of study.  All faculty and students meet weekly in a “current topics” seminar in which research and professional issues of general interest are discussed.

Letter to Prospective Applicants

Research

Human operant research involves choice and decision making, behavioral economics, substance abuse, cigarette smoking, and other topics. Applied research includes behavioral processes (preference, response acquisition, stimulus control) in disorders of learning and behavior, contingency management to promote health behavior, functional analysis and treatment of problem behavior, and school-based interventions. Students work closely with one or more of the faculty in developing a continuing research apprenticeship and routinely publish their thesis and dissertation research in major behavioral journals including the Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The consistent productivity of our students and faculty has earned our program the #1 ranking among universities and research institutions in publication frequency in behavioral journals (Shabani et al., 2004).

Requirements

All graduate students fulfill general requirements of the Graduate School, the Department, and the Behavior Analysis programs.  Students are expected to complete a qualifying exam during the spring term of their third year; exceptions may be granted if a student enters the program with a master’s degree.  For details about the timing, requirements, and content of the qualifying exam, please click here.  (If you entered the program before fall of 2017, you may choose the old format, click here for details.)

Outcomes

Since its beginning in 1970, the Behavior Analysis program has graduated more than 100 Ph.D.’s, with initial placements at Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Louisiana State University, Stanford Medical School, University of North Carolina, Walter Reed Medical Center, University of Kansas, among others. Many graduates of the program now hold senior positions at their respective institutions, are Fellows in APA, serve on editorial boards of major journals, and have achieved national and international distinction. The Behavior Analysis Program has achieved international recognition by receiving the Award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis from the Association for Behavior Analysis in 2002.

Graduate Courses:

EAB 6099 – Survey of Behavior Analysis

EAB 6118 – Theoretical Foundations of Behavior Analysis

EAB 6707 – Applied Behavior Analysis

EAB 6712 – Experimental Psychopathology

EAB 6716 – Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities

EAB 6719 – Strategies and Tactics of Human Behavioral Research

EAB 6750 – Quantitative Methods

EAB 6780: Ethics and Professional Issues

EAB 6937 – Special Topics in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

EAB 6939 – Special Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis

EAB 7090 – Verbal Behavior