College of Education and Professional Studies

What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?

Applied Behavior Analysis is a systematic approach for influencing socially important behavior through the identification of reliably related environmental variables and the application of behavior change techniques that make use of those findings.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts conduct behavioral assessments, analyze data, prepare behavior-analytic treatment plans, training others to implement components of treatment plans, and oversee the implementation of treatment plans. Behavior analysts are qualified to provide services to clients with a variety of needs, including improvements in organizational functioning (e.g., staff performance, management and pay structure interventions), skill deficits (e.g., communication, adaptive behavior), and problem behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behavior), among others.

What can I do with a BCBA Certification?

Our program prepares professionals in the fields of psychology and education to work with individuals who would benefit from positive changes in behavior. Our students have found employment in clinic, school, private practice, and clinical settings where they help bring about positive behavior change. The majority of our graduates work with children and adolescents in home and school settings through consultation and direct intervention. We also have graduates who work with adults in need of behavioral services.

Behavior Analysts work with people with behavioral and emotional challenges, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and neurological impairments. BCBAs have also been used to help with health behaviors and organizational staff behavior.

Upon completion of the program and practicum hours individuals are eligible to take the BCBA licensing examination and to obtain certification with the BACB Board.  An individual certified by the BACB Board is licensed by OKDHS DDSD to provide applied behavior analysis services in Oklahoma.