What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Applied Behavior Analysis involves the application of behavioral principles to produce socially significant changes in behavior. Practitioners use direct assessments, research evidence, and single-subject research designs to inform and evaluate interventions designed to increase behavior (e.g., social skills) or decrease behavior (e.g., smoking).
- Client populations served include children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Applied Behavior Analysis approaches may involve services for a full spectrum of mental health difficulties, including and especially pervasive developmental disorders.
- Other areas of practice include work with communities and with organizations.
- Behavior analysts may work independently or in agency/organizational settings.