The Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies’ mission is to advance the knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis and support improved outcomes for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorders. Taking a lifespan, interdisciplinary perspective, the overarching goal of the Institute is to improve educators’, professionals’ and parents’ understanding of Autism and the means to assess and implement interventions and supports. Through degree offerings, clinical and educational services, professional development and training, community collaboration and research, the Institute serves as a leader in developing professionals with the ability to provide state-of-the-art intervention for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or related disabilities. The interdisciplinary focus is established with Fellows of the Institute from the Departments of Special Education, Counseling and Applied Behavioral Studies, Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Nutrition and Pharmacy as well as the Gengras Center, an on-campus laboratory school serving students with disabilities for 50 years.
- Develop graduate and undergraduate programs of study for educators, professionals and parents to meet the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan and lead to certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ®
- Expand community service offerings for parents, professionals and educators to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders through instruction, continuing education and intervention service
- Conduct applied and policy research to assess interventions and services available to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan
- Develop and conduct pre-service and in-service training for professionals who work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities
- Provide clinical services through a partnership with the Hospital for Special Care, including diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with autism and their families
- Provide consultation services to educational, governmental, medical and community organizations that serve individuals with autism and their families to improve service and outcomes
- Serve students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder through the Center for Applied Research (CARE), a collaboration between the Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies and the Gengras Center
The Graduate Programs in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Saint Joseph draw on the specialized expertise from core faculty of the Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies and other departments to offer graduate programs specifically designed to prepare Behavior Analysts for important careers across a wide variety of settings and populations. Coursework in these programs is pre-approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification BoardTM (BACB) as meeting the standards in preparation for certification in Behavior Analysis.
Special Education Programs
Collaborative Research Opportunities
The Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies seeks partnerships to develop research endeavors that support the evaluation of interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Areas of interest include treatment of severe challenging behavior, instructional strategies, clinical supports for secondary characteristics of ASD, treatment of restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interventions for social-emotional development and translational research.