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Mission and Goals

The mission of SUNY Upstate Medical University is “To improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research, and healthcare.” Pursuant to training in Behavior Analysis Studies, students in the Behavior Analysis Studies program will be trained to address autism and related disorders, one of the most pressing health concerns in the US. Moreover, there is a shortage of Behavior Analysis Studies providers in NYS, especially Central New York. After graduation, behavior analysts might be employed in medical settings, schools, community-based programs, or private practice. The Behavior Analysis Studies Program prepares students with the requisite knowledge and clinical skills to sit for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst.

Behavior Analysis Studies Program Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the entire curriculum Behavior Analysis Studies Students will:

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with a variety of stakeholders.
    • Communicate effectively with consumers, peers, faculty, other health care providers, patients, and family members.
    • Prepare and deliver oral presentations in front of an audience of faculty and peers.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, fiscally responsible and culturally competent practice.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant ethical guidelines and demonstrate professional behaviors across environments.
    • Demonstrate competency of issues associated with and best practices for maintaining confidentiality and secure record keeping.
  • Examine, evaluate, diagnose, establish prognosis for, and provide intervention for behavioral concerns in individuals with autism and related disorders.
    • Demonstrate competency in data collection and analysis, preference assessment, functional behavior assessment, and treatment development for autism and related disorders.
    • Demonstrate competency in basic principles and advance concepts that underlie clinical practice.
    • Demonstrate ability to apply general treatment services to other settings.
  • Critically evaluate and apply evidence as a basis for practice, determine the effectiveness of intervention(s), and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
    • Demonstrate competency in applied, experiential learning environments.
    • Demonstrate competency in single-case experimental designs and use of these to affect positive behavior change.
    • Fully complete an independent research project that is appropriate for scientific dissemination.