Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 80–85 | Cite as

School-wide PBIS: An Example of Applied Behavior Analysis Implemented at a Scale of Social Importance

  • Robert H. Horner
  • George Sugai
Discussion and Review Paper


School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an example of applied behavior analysis implemented at a scale of social importance. In this paper, PBIS is defined and the contributions of behavior analysis in shaping both the content and implementation of PBIS are reviewed. Specific lessons learned from implementation of PBIS over the past 20 years are summarized.


Positive behavioral interventions and supports Whole-school social culture Applied behavior analysis 


This research was supported by the Office of Special Education Programs US Department of Education (H326S980003). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the US Department of Education, and such endorsements should not be inferred.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OregonEugeneUSA
  2. 2.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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