The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 131–133 | Cite as

Editorial: An Introduction to the Special Section on Diverse Origins of Graduate Training Programs in Behavior Analysis

  • James E. CarrEmail author
  • Melissa R. Nosik
  • Molli M. Luke
Original Article

Applied behavior analysis has grown considerably as a profession in recent decades, an assertion that is supported by numerous metrics. In the USA alone, dozens of state laws have been enacted to fund behavior-analytic treatment (Autism Speaks, 2016) and regulate behavior-analytic practice through licensure (Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, 2016). In addition, the demand for behavior-analytic practitioners in the USA more than doubled from 2012 through 2014 (Burning Glass, 2015) and the number of Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) certificants has grown by 154 % in the last 5 years (to 22,908 in April 2016). These recognition and demand variables have led to the development of a number of new graduate training programs in behavior analysis, and continued growth will likely necessitate further program development and expansion.

Developing a new graduate-training program or increasing the capacity of an existing one can be challenging due to bureaucratic barriers...


Behavior analysis Graduate training programs Higher education Teaching behavior analysis 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  2. Autism Speaks. (2016, April 13). State initiatives. Retrieved from
  3. Burning Glass. (2015). US behavior analyst workforce: understanding the national demand for behavior analysts. Retrieved from

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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • James E. Carr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Melissa R. Nosik
    • 1
  • Molli M. Luke
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavior Analyst Certification BoardLittletonUSA

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