CALDWELL, NJ- History was made the week of July 2 when The Caldwell University Department of Applied Behavior Analysis received accreditation for it’s Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), making it the first ABAI-accredited program in New Jersey. Caldwell University now included, there are only 20 such institutions recognized worldwide.
ABAI is a professional organization that “contributes to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.” (www.abainternational.org).
“We are proud to be recognized for the quality of academic and clinical training we provide in our M.A. in ABA program,” said Dr. Ken Reeve, the Alvin R. Calman Professor of ABA and director of research.
As the ABAI executive council stated in its letter to Dr. Sharon Reeve, chair of the ABA department, and Dr. Kenneth Reeve, the “accredited programs are distinguished by the quality of their education, and tend to attract the best students of behavior analysis.”
With one in 45 individuals affected, New Jersey has the highest rate of autism spectrum disorders in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One in 28 boys in New Jersey is on the spectrum. “Given that New Jersey has such a high rate of autism, it is especially rewarding to know that we are providing high-quality training for those professionals who can provide the greatest benefits to individuals on the autism spectrum,” said Dr. Sharon Reeve.
To address the need for trained professionals to work with children on the spectrum, the Caldwell M.A. program in behavior analysis was established in 2005, making it the first program in New Jersey. The program is housed in the state-of-the-art Caldwell University Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis, which holds classrooms, observation rooms, video and auditory equipment, computer-based data collection systems, and areas designed to promote skill acquisition. Graduates of the program are making great strides in the field as evidenced by the work of professionals such as Mark Mautone, an alumna and Hoboken educator, who was named Hudson County Teacher of the Year.
For more information about Caldwell University, visit caldwell.edu.