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Graduate Research and Training Opportunities

ABA Courses

The Clinical Faculty members, as well as DDDC staff, teach a 6-course Certificate Program in ABA. These courses are graduate-level courses covering the theoretical foundation of ABA and clinical applications of ABA. The courses have been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as fulfilling the educational requirements for exam eligibility. Students can complete these courses through the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology’s stand-alone Certificate Program in ABA, or as part of the course requirements for the Master of Applied Psychology with a Concentration in ABA, or for the Master’s Degree in Special Education with a Concentration in ABA.

Students who take this course sequence are eligible (education requirement) to take the national exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.



All research at DDDC is conducted within the guidelines of the Institutional Review Board of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Rutgers University and includes fully informed parental consent.

Each year several graduate students in psychology and education receive advanced training in the implementation of ABA-based instructional methods, behavioral consultation to staff, and leading sibling support groups. As behavioral consultants, graduate students learn and practice state-of-the-art functional assessment and treatment procedures in coordination with the staff at the DDDC, while being supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The DDDC welcomes practicum students from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology’s doctoral programs in School Psychology and Clinical Psychology and Master of Applied Psychology program, as well as from the Graduate School of Education’s master’s program in special education. Additionally, the DDDC offers a pre-doctoral internship to doctoral students in school psychology through the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology’s School Psychology Internship Consortium. All students who complete a 2-year part-time practicum at the DDDC or a 1-year full-time internship (experience requirement) also have the opportunity to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

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