What is the Research Course at the DDDC?

The course is designed to expose students to applied behavior analytic research with children with autism. Students are introduced to autism and the science of applied behavior analysis and the utility of single-subject research design. Students learn the essential elements of research in ABA, such as data collection, various research designs, and reliability. Concurrently, students work alongside graduate students and faculty members at the DDDC conducting research in skill acquisition and behavior reduction in learners with autism spectrum disorder. Some of the activities involve collecting observational data, running assessments, data coding, checking data, helping with preparatory work, sending surveys and mailings, and entering data. Reliability training will be a part of preparing for all observations and data coding.

Course Requirements

  • 8.5 hours of work as a research assistant per week
  • Participation in a weekly seminar
  • Completion of Rutgers’ Human Subjects Certification Program
  • Two article summaries
  • Final paper
  • Textbook

Kazdin, A.E. (2011).Single Case Research Designs: Methods for Clinical and Applied Settings. Second Edition. Oxford University Press. The book and other readings are on reserve in the research office.

* Assigned readings from this book will be emailed out on a weekly basis

For more information, or to enroll in the Research Course, contact:

Robert Isenhower
Phone: (848) 932-4500
Office hours: By Arrangement

DDDC Research Course