Catherine defends her Master's thesis!

Catherine Williams successfully defended her Master’s thesis, which addressed the extent to which academic responses resurge when previously learned strategies are placed on extinction. Catherine is currently conducting a follow-up study to her thesis, which was funded by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and hopes to publish the studies as a two-experiment paper in the coming year.

Sydney Hull receives SURE award!

Undergraduate team member Sydney Hull received a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award for the summer of 2019. As part of the award, Sydney will be paid to conduct research full-time with the lab. Find out more about the SURE program here: https://undergraduateresearch.wvu.edu/research-opportunities/wvu-opportunities/summer-undergraduate-research-experience-sure

2019 Maryland ABA

Claire had the opportunity to present at the 2018 Maryland ABA conference, where she described some of the work conducted in the lab about teacher training and inclusion of behavior analysis into K-12 public school systems (click here for a copy of the presentation).

An additional wonderful aspect of MABA was having the opportunity to reconnect with former students and introduce them to each other. It was a great pleasure to hear about what former lab members are doing these days!

St. Peter Lab members after graduation

Fall 2017 saw two St. Peter lab members graduate and start new jobs! Apral Foreman received her PhD. Dr. Foreman is now working as a manager at The Shape of Behavior in Texas. Gabrielle Mesches received her Master's degree. Gabrielle will be the Research Coordinator for a lab in Chicago, and owns a private animal-training business. Congratulations to Apral and Gabrielle! We look forward to seeing how you go on to change the world for the better!

Are teachers surviving or improving challenging behavior?

Teachers sometimes struggle to improve challenging behavior in the classroom. Teachers who do not have the necessary skills to improve behavior may begin to just survive that behavior by giving in to students or using long-term implementation of ineffective strategies. Administrators can support teachers by identifying teachers who are just surviving and providing additional supports to those teachers. 

Interested administrators can read more about it here.

How do you select an empirically based behavior intervention?

There are lots of factors to consider when selecting an empirically established intervention for school-based challenging behavior. See Claire's slides on this topic from her September 2017 presentation to the WV Council for Exceptional Children here. You can also separately download the flowchart from that presentation, or resources on how to create a culturally responsive behavior system for your school.