Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 466–472 | Cite as

Casting a Wider Net: an Analysis of Scholarly Contributions of Behavior Analysis Graduate Program Faculty

  • Christina AlligoodEmail author
  • Cynthia Anderson
  • Heather McGee
Discussion and Review Paper


As interest in careers in behavior analysis has grown, there has been a concomitant increase in the number of training programs providing coursework in behavior analysis. There is a growing need for indices of quality of these programs, with some authors recently suggesting that faculty research productivity might serve as one indicator of program quality. We continue this conversation, taking a broad view of faculty scholarly contributions by conducting a search of all articles authored by instructors in graduate-level Behavior Analyst Certification Board verified course sequences (VCSs) and published from 2000 to 2015 in peer-reviewed journals indexed by the PsycINFO database. The resulting list includes 8,906 publication records in 715 journals, authored by 1,232 instructors from 224 programs. Our analysis suggests that graduate-level VCS instructors have published in a broad array of journals and topic areas. We discuss implications of these data for prospective students’ evaluations of program quality and fit.


Behavior analysis Scholarship Graduate training Faculty publications 



We thank the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for providing a list of verified course sequence instructors and Cassandra Standish and Chelsea Weibel for assistance with literature searches, data entry, and data review.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The first and second authors are recent representatives to the Association for Behavior Analysis International Executive Council. The third author declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Disney’s Animal Kingdom®, Animal Programs AdministrationLake Buena VistaUSA
  2. 2.May Institute and the National Autism CenterRandolphUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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