2012: University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis
The Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas (UNT) has a long tradition of leadership. Its forerunner, the Center for Behavioral Studies, began practicum training in 1971 through its Autism Treatment Center, Behavior Contracting Service, and Behavior Exchange Clinic. It morphed into the Center for Behavior Analysis in 1983 when behavior analysis courses were first introduced at UNT. In 1993, it became the nation's first stand-alone department of behavior analysis, thereby initiating a long line of firsts: the first graduate program accredited by ABAI, the first undergraduate degree in applied behavior analysis, and the first online program providing coursework for Behavior Analyst Certification Board certification. The department enjoys a longstanding reputation for excellence for its work in a variety of areas, and its MS program has attracted students from across the US as well as the UK, Iceland, Norway, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, and elsewhere. Accreditation reviews of the program have called it "rigorous and broad,” and the faculty has been described as "world class" and its research and service efforts "cutting edge."
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