PSY 471AB – Advanced Inquiry in Clinical Psychology: Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis
Instructor: Tara Fahmie
Office: Sierra Tower 321
Office Hours: M/W 9:45-10:45am
Meeting Room: Sierra Hall 386/391
Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays
This course includes 3 units of lecture and 2 units of seminar in the science of behavior analysis and its application to
improve socially significant behavior in clinical and community populations. The goal of this course is for students to
learn the applications of behavior analytic theories, methods, and research. Students will learn to address specific
behavioral considerations and challenges with varying populations. Emphasis will be placed on evidence-based practices
and procedures to increase appropriate behaviors and to reduce maladaptive behaviors. Students also will integrate this
knowledge from research to applied practice and dissemination. Finally, students will learn about the philosophical and
scientific foundations of the field of behavior analysis, which continue to guide practice.
1. Martin, G. and Pear, J. (2014). Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it. 10th edition
2. Pryor, Karen. (1999) Don’t shoot the dog. Revised edition.
3. Skinner, B. (1974) About Behaviorism. New York: Knopf; [distributed by Random House]
• Lectures will supplement the reading material or will present new information related to, but not contained in, the
readings. A variety of media will be incorporated into lectures and participation will be expected periodically. Fill-inthe-blank lecture notes will be provided, and it will be your responsibility to complete these notes during class. In the
case of absence, you should obtain missed lecture notes from a peer in the class in a timely manner.
• Seminars are intended to be interactive and insightful....