University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - Department of Psychology - Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
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. Located at 440 River Road (across the Red River from Duff Robin) St. Amant provides a wide range of service options that include community residences, a school, a vocational program, an integrated preschool, and community supports such as respite, crisis stabilization, and clinical services (Psychology/SLP/OT/PT).

DataIn 1997, St. Amant established a quality of life research program under the direction of Dr. C. T. Yu. Through ongoing partnership with the U of M and support from The Winnipeg Foundation, the research program is now an interdisciplinary Research Centre with a team of four researchers (including current director, Dr. Toby Martin), administrative support, and physical resources to support graduate student research.


 discrete trialSt. Amant Autism Programs is a provincially-funded service that began in 1999, and that currently provides home-based Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention for young children with autism, a school age program, and continued supports for children reaching adolescence. Many of our ABA program graduates, and current graduate students, work as clinical consultants and managers in Autism Programs. St. Amant, and the Autism Programs in particular, are strongly committed to evidence-based practice and provide a highly supportive environment for applied research.