Madeleine D. Keevy

Madeleine Keevy

Madeleine D. Keevy

PhD in MSIA - Applied Behavior Analysis

2018 Innovative Student Research Dissertation Grant, presented by the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis

The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) provides funding for innovative dissertation research in psychology or behavior analysis that promotes basic or applied research in the experimental analysis of behavior. Two grants are awarded annually to fund research that demonstrates an especially notable and strong commitment to the field of behavior analysis or psychology. Madeleine Keevy, a PhD student in MSIA – Applied Behavior Analysis, was awarded an Innovative Student Research Dissertation Grant to support her project entitled “Mitigating Relapse of Destructive Behavior in Children Diagnosed with ASD.” The grant will assist Madeleine in determining the effects of reinforcer preference on relapse of destructive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder. Her project uses a translational preparation involving controlled conditions and arbitrary responses to evaluate the relative accuracy of two quantitative models of relapse, by varying the value of the reinforcer for appropriate alternative behavior.  Madeleine completed her dissertation research under the supervision of Dr. Wayne W. Fisher, receiving the PhD degree in May 2020.