NEWPORT – Salve Regina University has announced a new, 36-credit master’s degree in applied behavioral analysis, the first program of its kind in Rhode Island.
The program will train students in what the university called one of the fastest-growing professional areas in psychology.
“There is a desperate need for trained ABA professionals,” said Sheila Quinn, the university’s graduate director in psychology.
The university is currently enrolling students for the program’s fall 2013 classes. The program incorporates six master’s-level courses and practicum experience required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to sit for the national certification exam.
Graduates would be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including law enforcement and corrections, business, hospitals and treatment centers.
Applied behavior analysis is a systematic approach to behavior change that examines variables that influence social behaviors. •