Board Certified Behavior Analysts’ Supervisory Practices of Trainees: Survey Results and Recommendations

  • Tyra P. SellersEmail author
  • Amber L. Valentino
  • Trenton J. Landon
  • Stephany Aiello
Research Article


The field of behavior analysis relies on supervised fieldwork to shape the repertoires of individuals aspiring to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) exam. Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®) who are providing supervision to those seeking certification must follow the supervision and ethics requirements as directed by the BACB. We conducted a survey of BCBAs currently providing supervision to gather information about current practices and barriers. The top areas of success and need are presented based on the responses of 284 participants who completed the entire survey, along with recommendations.


Certification Fieldwork Supervision Supervisory practices Trainee 


Author Note

This article is not an official position of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Tyra P. Sellers declares that she has no conflict of interest. Amber L. Valentino declares that she has no conflict of interest. Trenton J. Landon declares that he has no conflict of interest. Stephany Aiello declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.BACBLittletonUSA
  3. 3.Trumpet Behavioral HealthLakewoodUSA

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