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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Odessa Luna, PhD, BCBA-D

Second Advisor

Benjamin Witts, PhD, BCBA-D

Third Advisor

Michelle Traub, PhD, BCBA-D

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Discrete Trial Teaching; Novel Stimuli


Previous research has shown that board certified behavior analysts have participated in gift giving exchanges with their clients. There is minimal guidance from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in what constitutes a gift and how gift giving might influence client behavior during discrete-trial training sessions. This proposal aims to provide a foothold into research on the use of stimuli provided by behavior change agents and parents in applied behavior analysis. Behavior change agents may include multiple members of a client behavior change team, such as therapists and parents. First, the study aims to evaluate if stimuli provided by behavior change agents, or parents, influence discrete trial teaching performance when compared to standard stimuli typically used during sessions. The second dependent variable will be the duration of client engagement with stimuli from each source. Third, the present study will explore the duration of problem behavior(s) during DTT sessions. The fourth dependent variable will be clients’ staff preferences. Lastly, the present study also explores the extent to which researcher or parent-provided stimuli may impact duration and content of parent interactions with therapists.



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