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Advisory Committee

Dr. Nicole Rodriguez (Chair and Program Director), Graduate Faculty members associated with Applied Behavior Analysis

PhD Curriculum

The PhD program in Applied Behavior Analysis is aimed at providing students with independent study, investigation, and research skills in applied behavior analysis that will prepare students for prominent leadership positions in academic, clinical, and research arenas.

General Requirements

  • Completion of the comprehensive exam.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.  
  • Completion of a full-time, 1-year internship.  
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.
  • Meets all UNMC Graduate College degree requirements. 
  • Completion of eight didactic courses. 

All HPSY courses are advanced level courses with student prerequisites including:  (a) a Master's degree in a related area, (b) graduate coursework in applied behavior analysis at the Master's level, and (c) preparation and classes leading to eventual certification as a behavior analyst (i.e., BCBA credential).  Students not meeting these requirements may request special permission from the course instructor.  Course schedules are subject to change. 

Core Requirements
HPSY 835EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR *3
HPSY 911BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGY: DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN *3
HPSY 920ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF SEVERE BEHAVIOR DISORDERS *3
HPSY 940ANALYSIS OF VERBAL BEHAVIOR *3
HPSY 935QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR *3
HPSY 950ADVANCED METHODS IN SINGLE CASE RESEARCH *3
HPSY 980PRACTICUM IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS1-15
HPSY 990INTERNSHIP IN APPLIED BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGY1-15
HPSY 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-9
Electives (2 courses, selected from the following)
HPSY 906BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY APPLICATION IN SCHOOLS3
HPSY 908ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY3
HPSY 915BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY3
HPSY 916BEHAVIORAL PSYCH IN AUTISM AND RELATED DISORDERS3
MSIA 998SPECIAL TOPICS (Grantsmanship)1-9
PSYC 8700 (ETHICS AND LAW FOR PSYCHOLOGY AND APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
PSYC 9010 (PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS I - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha)3
PSYC 9020 (PROSEMINAR: STATISTICAL METHODS II - This course is offered at the University of Nebraska - Omaha )3
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training
*ABA students must have completed three of these courses and one elective prior to comprehensive exam