The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 199–233 | Cite as

Developing Behavior Analysis at the State Level

  • J. M. Johnston
  • Gerald L. Shook


Over the past fifteen years, behavior analysts in Florida have worked together to develop the discipline with a multifaceted system of contingencies. Basing their effort in the area of retardation and with the cooperation of the state’s Developmental Services Program Office, they have gradually developed a regulatory manual of programming policy and procedures, a hierarchical system of responsibilities for programming approval and monitoring, a state-sponsored certification program, a professional association, and an active university community. These components are described and discussed in terms of suggested principles for developing the field of behavior analysis within a state.

Key words

peer review certification state association retardation developmental disabilities para-professional staff regulatory manual 


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Johnston
    • 1
  • Gerald L. Shook
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative ServicesTallahasseeUSA

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