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What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a discipline concerned with the application of behavioral science in real-world settings with the aim of addressing socially important issues such as behavior problems and learning. Specifically, ABA refers to a systematic approach to the assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the application of empirically based interventions to improve behavior. Procedures derived from the discipline of ABA have been implemented in areas such as:

• Autism
• Intellectual disabilities
• Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation
• Gerontology
• Gambling
• Behavioral pharmacology
• Organizational management
• Education & instructional design

Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. ® (BACB) was created to develop and implement professional standards in the field of ABA. The BACB created the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential to meet this need, and many states now require that practicing behavior analysts hold the BCBA credential. Eligibility for the BCBA credential requires an ABA course sequence approved by the BACB, a supervised fieldwork experience practicing behavior analysis with clients, and a passing score on the BCBA examination. For detailed information on the certification process, visit the BACB website.

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