What Is A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) And What Do They Do?

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst working with a child

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a professional who specializes in the principles and techniques of behavior analysis. BCBA is a certification that requires a master’s degree, coursework in behavior analysis, supervised experience, and passing an exam.

The primary role of a BCBA is to design, implement, and supervise behavior intervention programs for individuals with behavioral or learning challenges. A BCBA conducts assessments to identify behavior problems, develop behavior intervention plans based on the principles of behavior analysis, and oversee the implementation of those plans by behavior technicians, caregivers, or other professionals.

In addition to developing and supervising behavior intervention plans, a BCBA also:

  • Trains and supervises staff and caregivers on the implementation of behavior intervention plans.
  • Collects data on behavior and program implementation to monitor progress and make data-based decisions.
  • Collaborates with other professionals, such as speech-language pathologists or occupational therapists, to provide comprehensive care for individuals with complex needs.
  • Conducts research on behavior analysis and its applications.

Overall, a BCBA plays a critical role in supporting individuals with behavioral or learning challenges and their families, helping them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.

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