Undergraduate

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of learning and behavior used in order to solve socially significant problems (to influence changes in behavior that are meaningful to individuals and those around them). 

Applied Behavior Analysis Program

Program Tracks Available

Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 15

Early Action: November 15

Early Action II: December 15

Regular Decision: February 15


School

D'Amour College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department

Psychology

Program Contact

Karen Lionello-DeNolf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Applied Behavior Analysis
508-767-7498 Kennedy Memorial Hall - Room 144

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Cynthia Riley, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

I’ve been working with people with special needs for over 30 years.

I would have ideas on how to help them, but I didn’t have the authority to implement those ideas. The more I got into my ABA program, the more empowered I felt. Now I’m better able to help clients express themselves, improve their lives, and gain independence.
Joshua Jenness, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Shapiro Educational & Behavioral Consultants

The most rewarding aspect of my job is applying what I’ve learned on a day-to-day basis.

There’s a saying, ‘If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.’ Every client is different. Every day brings a unique challenge. I like that I can create new programs for specific individuals to help them move forward in their lives.
Anthea Oikonomou-Savvidis, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

ABA is different from psychology, as it’s a bit more scientific.

All of the classes we took provided us with a better understanding of the science and how evidence-based interventions make a socially significant difference.
Kate Diaz

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Behavioral Clinician, Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA)

The Applied Behavior Analysis program challenged and supported me in becoming a behavioral clinician

Each one of my instructors brought their own experience into the classroom which has been useful in my current position. I assist in creating Positive Behavioral Support plans that focus on adults increasing their independence and accomplishing their goals.
Amanda Maynard

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Special Education Teacher and BCBA (supervisor), Worcester Public Schools

The class sizes are small, and the professors are accessible and kind.

Assumption’s ABA program provided opportunities for learning and assessment of student knowledge, practicum experience, and covered the perfect amount of content taught seamlessly, which was hugely influential in my achievement of passing the board exam through the BACB.

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Cynthia Riley, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

I’ve been working with people with special needs for over 30 years.

I would have ideas on how to help them, but I didn’t have the authority to implement those ideas. The more I got into my ABA program, the more empowered I felt. Now I’m better able to help clients express themselves, improve their lives, and gain independence.
Joshua Jenness, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Shapiro Educational & Behavioral Consultants

The most rewarding aspect of my job is applying what I’ve learned on a day-to-day basis.

There’s a saying, ‘If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.’ Every client is different. Every day brings a unique challenge. I like that I can create new programs for specific individuals to help them move forward in their lives.
Anthea Oikonomou-Savvidis, BCBA, LABA

Applied Behavior Analysis 2018
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Institute

ABA is different from psychology, as it’s a bit more scientific.

All of the classes we took provided us with a better understanding of the science and how evidence-based interventions make a socially significant difference.
Kate Diaz

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Behavioral Clinician, Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA)

The Applied Behavior Analysis program challenged and supported me in becoming a behavioral clinician

Each one of my instructors brought their own experience into the classroom which has been useful in my current position. I assist in creating Positive Behavioral Support plans that focus on adults increasing their independence and accomplishing their goals.
Amanda Maynard

Applied Behavior Analysis 2019
Special Education Teacher and BCBA (supervisor), Worcester Public Schools

The class sizes are small, and the professors are accessible and kind.

Assumption’s ABA program provided opportunities for learning and assessment of student knowledge, practicum experience, and covered the perfect amount of content taught seamlessly, which was hugely influential in my achievement of passing the board exam through the BACB.
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Discovery Day

With classes in session and the leaves changing colors, we’d love to invite you to take a closer look at Assumption University this fall. During this special event for high school seniors, you will experience, first-hand, the excitement of Assumption’s academic opportunities and campus life.

Sep. 24, 2021
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Sep 28 Tue

Hound Academy: Building Your Resume & Writing Your Essay

Join Assumption Admissions for an informative discussion on building your resume and writing your essay. During the virtual workshop, you will learn more about marketing your achievements, choosing the right essay topic for you, and preparing an application that stands out.

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Student Life Presentation and Panel

Join us virtually to take a closer look at student life at Assumption. During the presentation and panel, you will: Learn more about living and learning at Assumption University Hear about residential life, student involvement, campus traditions, and more Ask your questions to students

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ABA Dual Degree Program

Apply as a high school senior into the Applied Behavior Analysis Dual Degree Program with one application and, if admitted, you will be enrolled in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. You'll also benefit from being considered for a $2,500 Dual Degree Scholarship (per year for your 4 undergraduate years) and a $1,000 Dual Degree Scholarship for every term you are enrolled at least part time in your graduate program at Assumption. Learn more about all of the University's dual degree offerings.

ABA Dual Degree Program

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