State University’s psychology graduate program in applied behavior analysis is
the only one in Louisiana accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis
International and one of only 20 accredited programs in the nation, according
to Dr. Cameron Melville, coordinator of the psychology graduate program at
"And an article in the ABAI journal,
Behavior Analysis in Practice, has ranked our graduate program as one of the
top 10 ABA programs for research, training and quality of faculty,” says
Melville. "Accreditation and being named a top training program in applied
behavior analysis just confirms that our program is high quality.”
Melville says McNeese’s program is
considered a verified course sequence that offers both academic training and supervised
work experience necessary for graduates to apply for national certification as
a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
ABA program prepares graduate students to practice in community and educational
settings as applied behavior analysts.”
complete 24 credit hours of core psychology classes and 31 credit hours of ABA
concentration classes and internships for a total of 55 credit hours.
Currently, there are 66 ABA students enrolled in
ABA program is offered both on campus and online and over 90 percent of the
students receive internships and paid graduate assistantships under the
supervision of eight analysts to gain the hands-on experience needed to sit for
students with internships work with the McNeese Autism Program,” says Dr. Melville.
"MAP, which was established 10 years ago on campus, serves as a training site
for ABA students.”
autism program currently sees over 50 clients - ages 2 to 18 - and depending on
the level of therapy needed, he says an intern may spend 10 to 40 hours per
week with a client on campus or at the client’s home or school.
students are able to complete their internship hours at an approved off-campus
site. The first online ABA program students will graduate in December 2018.
such a comprehensive ABA program is one reason McNeese was my first choice for
graduate school,” said McNeese graduate student Kylie Hernandez. "After
graduation, I will have more than the required observation hours to sit for the
BCBA exam. Thanks to this program, I don’t have to wait to begin my career.”
graduate student Jasmine Mitchell said the graduate assistantship offers hands-on
experience working with clients, but the internship provides extra
opportunities. "Through the internship, I’ve been a team lead and a case
manager. With my graduate assistantship, I get to shadow one of the behavior
analysts, which offers insight into what a behavior analyst does inside and
outside a client session.”
more information about the ABA program at McNeese, visit http://www.mcneese.edu/psychology/applied_behavior_analysis. Registration
for the 2018 summer session and 2018 fall semester at McNeese are currently