northeastern university seal

Applied Behavior Analysis

Danielle Fontaine was a dual American sign language and psychology major. photo by Brooks Canaday/Northeastern University

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an approach to identifying and studying the environmental influences on behavior to help provide techniques for constructive changes and performance improvement. Behavior Analysts collect and analyze data in order to produce behavior-analytic treatment plans. ABA is an often used therapy to help children on the autism spectrum.

For more information, please see the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)® website, and the psychology department’s ABA advisor, Prof. William Sharp.

ABA at Northeastern

The Department of Psychology in the College of Science together with the Department of Applied Psychology in Bouvé College of Health Sciences offer a “+1” Master of Science program in Applied Behavior Analysis.  This program allows psychology undergraduate majors to complete four graduate courses in the last year of their Bachelor of Science degree that count toward both the psychology major requirements and the Master’s degree.  This means a student could complete the graduate degree in one year after their bachelor’s degree (hence the +1 name). This may also help students interested in applying to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as part of the path to certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Bachelor of Science and BCaBA Courses

“Welcome to the Department of Psychology website. I am Professor William Sharp. I am both an assistant teaching professor and clinician in private practice. I can help you with any questions you have about the ABA program.”




Master of Science and BCBA PlusOne Program

“Welcome, I’m Prof. Laura Dudley. I am the director of the ABA graduate program and can help you with any questions you have with the MS in BCBA PlusOne Program. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. My research interests include experimental functional analysis, parent and staff training, social skills, and  curriculum and program development.”