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Applied Behavior Analysis

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based, data-driven, systematic approach to intervention.  ABA applies principles of reinforcement and focuses on applications that improve the quality of life for individuals.

Behavior analysts provide services in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, rehabilitation settings, residential facilities, social service agencies, mental health facilities and client homes.

Behavior analysts work with diverse populations including autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities, brain injury, mental health, geriatrics, child abuse and neglect.

Behavior analysts are in high demand, particularly for providing autism related services.  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is recognized as the Standard of Care for Autism when provided by well-qualified professionals.

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Oregon and ABA

Oregon has recently passed an Autism Insurance Reform bill (SB 365). Passage of this bill will bring relief to Oregon families by establishing requirements for state-regulated health plans to approve and manage autism treatment, including ABA therapy and ensuring that treatment will be provided by well-qualified professionals. To ensure that well-qualified providers are available to families, a seven-member Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board (BARB) will be established within the Oregon Health Licensing Agency to license providers. The BARB will establish the criteria for providers to be eligible for licensure. These criteria will include rigorous coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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ABA at Oregon Tech

Oregon Tech has experience in providing courses in ABA and currently offers a four-course undergraduate sequence that has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the coursework standards for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).

Oregon Institute of Technology offers undergraduate and graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). These courses are designed to provide the rigorous training in ABA that will prepare professionals working in the field of autism to be ready to meet the need for well-qualified, credentialed providers at the state and national level.


Dr. Maria Lynn Kessler