Special Education Lab for Applied Behavior Analysis
Program Director, Dr. Anjali Barretto, Ph.D.
The Special Education Lab for Applied Behavior Analysis in Spokane, WA serves children with mental disabilities from all over the inland northwest. Graduate and undergraduate students take advantage of the rare opportunity to participate in outpatient assessment and treatment, while working closely with faculty and a tight-knit group of student colleagues.
As a fundamental part of the experience, students perform traditional descriptive assessments. Working with faculty, the students use functional analysis to identify behavioral function. Students then develop treatment packages and implement them in the clinic throughout their degree program.
Completion of the functional analysis track in the M.Ed. program, plus 3 credits of Ethics courses, provides the required coursework needed prior to taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) also requires that experience hours be completed prior to qualification to take the BCBA exam. Those who take and pass the BCBA exam will find opportunities to serve as a practitioner, as an employee, or, with additional experience, to start an independent consulting practice. Gonzaga University does NOT provide supervision hours although many students obtain supervision through agencies in the Spokane area.
At Gonzaga University, we follow the Jesuit tradition of being deeply committed to community service and development. Partnered with a compelling approach to behavioral analysis and faculty with extensive experience and research, the program has distinguished itself as a leader in the field.
More importantly, we provide assistance to struggling families:
- Our services are provided at no cost to families
- Parents, teachers, and care workers can apply strategies provided in the child's typical environments.