Applied Behavior Analysis

The Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis (MABA), established in 2013, prepares students to make meaningful change in the lives of those in need. Whether it is a child with autism who engages in dangerous behavior or an adult who is trying to lose a few pounds, behavior analysis can help. After all, most problems are the result of human behavior – what better than the science of behavior to develop effective solutions?

The MABA program offers students a hands-on and face-to-face learning environment. Each course is designed to facilitate meaningful contact with the course content – professors make use of multiple class formats, such as seminars, workshops, lectures and interteaching. Faculty take what they do very seriously and enjoy working with students who are equally passionate about ABA.

Although success in each course is important, we believe that being a graduate student means more than just coming to class. MABA students are actively engaged in practice, research and MABA program events. Students attend regular lab meetings – MABA Lab – to discuss current projects, future plans, and research.

MABA projects:

Students Kristi Janoske and Lee Reed recently completed a project aimed at increasing recycling on the Mercyhurst Campus. They noticed that trash was often placed in the recycling bin and vice versa. The two created an informative prompt, designed to increase waste disposal accuracy. The prompt resulted in an increase of waste disposal accuracy by over 85 percent on average.

Meet the director of MABA:

Jonathan Ivy, Ph.D., the director of the MABA program, has conducted multiple research projects related to token reinforcement and token economies. His most recent project is an evaluation of two different token economy arrangements in which the unit cost of the back-up reinforcer is held constant. Dr. Ivy believes that this research could help practitioners develop more effective token economies.

If you are interested in learning more about the Applied Behavior Analysis Master's Degree, please contact Dr. Jonathan Ivy at or at (814) 824-3371.

Contact us today if you have any question or want to learn more about the program.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

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