2008: Erick Dubuque

University of Nevada, Reno

In 2007, as a result of meeting with ABAI representatives, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan established the first Middle Eastern master’s degree program in behavior analysis. The program is housed at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in the Faculty of Nursing, where academic course instruction is delivered using a hybrid model of online and face-to-face formats. Recognized experts in behavior analysis are invited to teach in the program by the program coordinator, Dr. Linda J. Parrott Hayes. In addition to their academic coursework, students are required to complete four practical training courses—supervised training (by two master’s-level behavior analysts) in human service centers around Jordan primarily with developmentally disabled populations. An important component of any practical training course is ensuring students have the materials necessary to provide behavioral therapy effectively. These materials include items that assist with the facilitation of teaching, measuring, and delivering consequences. With the assistance of the SABA International Development grant, the program was able to purchase practicum materials such as timers, counters, resource manuals, flashcards, puzzles, and games.


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