Ciobha A. McKeown

Ciobha McKeown

Ciobha A. McKeown

PhD in MSIA - Applied Behavior Analysis

2018 Sidney W. & Janet R. Bijou Grant, presented by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis

The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) provides annual grants to support research in and the development of behavior analysis. Among the available funding mechanisms, the Sidney W. & Janet R. Bijou Grant supports doctoral student research that incorporates behavioral principles to advance our understanding of human development. Ciobha McKeown, a PhD student in MSIA – Applied Behavior Analysis, was one of three students awarded a Bijou Grant in 2018. The $10,000 grant supports her dissertation research on systematically teaching friendship skills in children diagnosed with autism or related disabilities, including extending and evaluating procedures needed to teach prosocial skills, incorporating persistence teaching, and assessing caregiver satisfaction with the results. The outcomes are envisioned to have direct implications for teaching prosocial behaviors to children with and without disabilities. Ciobha completed her dissertation research under the supervision of Dr. Kevin C. Luczynski, receiving the PhD degree in May 2020.