Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Collecting DataApplied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) involves the systematic application of learning principles and techniques to assess and improve individuals’ covert and overt behaviours in order to help them function more fully in society. Training in the experimental analysis of behaviour (basic research on behaviour) is also provided. The Department of Psychology offers research and applied training at both the MA and PhD levels in ABA. Students have the opportunity to receive supervised training in the practice of ABA with varied clientele, and especially with persons with developmental disabilities, including autism. The program offers a course sequence that has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® as meeting the course requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. More details of the course sequence can be found in our Graduate Brochure.

 The faculty members in the ABA area are:

Garry L. Martin, Ph.D, C. Psych (Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Areas of Interest: Behavioural assessment and training strategies in developmental disabilities, including autism; behaviour analysis and sport psychology.
Toby Martin, Ph.D
Areas of Interest: Experimental and applied behaviour analysis, developmental disabilities, challenging behaviour, discrimination training.
Joseph J. Pear, Ph.D, C. Psych
Areas of Interest: Basic operant behaviour; applied behaviour analysis; applications and effects of CAPSI (computer-aided personalized system of instruction).
C. T. Yu, Ph.D, C. Psych
Areas of Interest: Behavioural assessment; intervention; and knowledge translation in developmental disabilities and autism.

The ABA program has many strengths, including:

Numerous publications, conference presentations, and major grants

 The ABA faculty members are well published and have received numerous grants. All ABA students are encouraged to co-author conference presentations and publications with ABA faculty.

Partnership with St. Amant

St. Amant is one of the largest disability service organizations in the Province of Manitoba. The Centre is comprised of a full spectrum of service options, including a residential treatment centre, a school, a vocational program, community residences, an integrated preschool, and an extensive variety of community supports such as respite care, outreach, clinical consultants, family support programs, and staff education and training services. In 1997, the Centre established a quality of life research program under the direction of Dr. C. T. Yu. Dr. Yu and other professional staff at St. Amant have been very supportive of research conducted by psychology students. In addition to its excellent support of research, the St. Amant Centre has been very supportive of ABA graduate students receiving supervised practica applying behavioural techniques with developmentally disabled persons.

DataManitoba ABA Program for Children with Autism (MABACA) is a government-funded program that was initiated in 1999, and that currently funds intensive ABA treatment for children with autism from the ages of 2 to 6. This program is directed from St. Amant and is supervised by Dr. Angela Cornick, Director of ABA Program and Psychology Services at St. Amant. Each child in the program receives 35 hours of therapy per week, including 27 hours with a tutor, three hours with a senior tutor, and five hours with a parent, all supervised by a clinical consultant. Every second week, the tutors, senior tutor, clinical consultant, and parents of a child participate in a three-hour clinic. Some of our ABA graduate students have been hired as clinical consultants in this program.


discrete trialAlliance with other professionals within the university and in the community, including the following adjunct professors and associates within the area:

Drs. Lorraine DeWiele, James M. Ediger, Daniela Fazzio, S. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Toby L. Martin, Kirsten Wirth, Javier Virués Ortega.