Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
Odessa Luna, PhD, BCBA-D
Benjamin Witts, PhD, BCBA-D
Michelle Traub, PhD, BCBA-D
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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.
Groh, Dylan, "Evaluating Participant Performance During Discrete Trial Training with Various Sources of Materials" (2021). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 81.