Integrating School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis: a Proposed Training Model

  • Aaron J. FischerEmail author
  • Erica Lehman
  • Jenna Miller
  • Daniel Houlihan
  • Momoko Yamashita
  • Rob E. O’Neill
  • William R. Jenson


It is critical that schools reduce maladaptive behaviors and increase prosocial behavior through the provision of high-quality evidence-based practices (EBP). School psychologists are uniquely positioned to facilitate the delivery of evidence-based applied behavior analytic EBPs, with regard to the foundational training they typically receive in the areas of assessment, intervention, and consultation. However, the lack of comprehensive behavioral training in school psychology graduate programs exposes an existing training gap. Given a substantial content overlap and the significant contributions ABA offers to school-based practice, school psychology training programs should consider providing a stronger behavior analytic component that will enable program graduates to obtain the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certificate and more effectively address behavioral needs in schools. This paper describes the rationale for integrating a BCBA track into school psychology programs and discusses practical considerations that may arise.


Applied behavior analysis Integrated training School psychology 


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Informed consent was not obtained since this study did not involve human subjects.

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.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that have no conflict of interest.


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  • Aaron J. Fischer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Erica Lehman
    • 1
  • Jenna Miller
    • 1
  • Daniel Houlihan
    • 2
  • Momoko Yamashita
    • 1
  • Rob E. O’Neill
    • 1
  • William R. Jenson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Minnesota State UniversityMankatoUSA

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