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Utilising Applied Behaviour Analysis for Inclusive Education

Utilising Applied Behaviour Analysis for Inclusive Education


Outline, including interdisciplinary dimension

This project will focus on a topic related to Applied Behaviour Analysis, Autism, Developmental and other disabilities for various age groups, from very young babies (parent training), children (intensive behavioural interventions) to adults (life skills and employment, mental health and criminal justice). The research would be based on the MScABA (students who are Board Certified Behaviour Analysts would be preferred, The methodology would be one of different kinds of Single System Research designs (Johnston and Pennypacker, 2008). The application of behaviour analysis would be individually tailored and include any one or more of the different existing procedures (e.g., Discrete Trial Teaching, Pivotal Response training, verbal behaviour etc.) or developing new procedures. An experimental design would be used as the overall structure (i.e. a number of studies would be conducted using an iterative framework).

Key words/descriptors

applied behaviour analysis, autism, developmental and other disabilites

First supervisor

Professor Karola Dillenburger - School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Secondary supervisor from a complementary discipline


Supervisors’ track record of PhD completions, plus excellence and international standing in the project area

Prof Karola Dillenburger is an internationally recognised researcher in the field of applied behaviour analysis and developmental disabilities, including autism. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst-Doctoral as well as a Clinical Psychologist. She has published 70+ peer reviewed papers and 8 books in the area. She has delivered 100+ conference presentations and 40+ funded keynote addresses internationally. She has a highly successful record of PhD supervision.

Intersectoral exposure and/or international mobility

(e.g. secondments to/collaboration with partner organizations)

Parents Education as Autism Therapists, SOLAS Charity and/or Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Other international partners are those involved in projects.

Training that will be provided through the research project itself

Students are expected to have competed the MScABA, those that have not, will audit the modules. Research seminars, active participation in Doctoral Research Centre at SOE. Regular supervision and full participation in activities of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis.

Examples of additional training in non-research transferable skills

The Centre of Behaviour Analysis provides a lively research environment where PGR and PGT students’ social skills as well as organisational skills e.g., involvement in annual conference organisation) are fostered.

Expected dissemination of results: peer-reviewed journals, seminars, workshop and conferences at European/international level

(e.g. public talks, visits to schools, open days, QUB impact showcase)

The full range of dissemination activities that are to be expected of any good research project, including peer-reviewed papers, conference presentations, lay publications, talks and workshops at national and international level.

Expected impact activities

(e.g. public talks, visits to schools, open days, QUB impact showcase)

The full range of impact activities that are to be expected of any good research project including lay publications, talks and workshops, in schools and community, impact showcases.