University of Nebraska Medical Center

PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis

Staff and students work with an MMI patient

The ABAI-accredited PhD program in applied behavior analysis at UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) provides students with training experiences that integrate research and clinical practice. Through coursework, specialized practica and research, students develop a strong conceptual background in behavior analysis and its application within human services. Graduates are well-positioned for leadership roles in academic, clinical and research arenas. 

To be eligible to apply for the program, students must have completed a master’s degree and qualify to be credentialed as a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

The three-year program features:

  • clinical and research training by leading experts in behavior analysis, including faculty who regularly publish in our flagship journals and who currently serve on the editorial board or as associate editor of JABA
  • principles and concepts introduced in the classroom that are immediately applied in clinical and research practica
  • a stipend of $27,000 per year, free health care benefits and a full-tuition waiver for up to 12 credits per semester
  • financial support for travel, meals and accommodations for local and national behavior analysis conferences (subject to budgetary constraints)
  • supervised training in grant writing with the opportunity to prepare and submit a grant
  • opportunities to specialize in autism, behavioral pediatrics, community outreach, feeding disorders, or severe behavior disorders

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Program Faculty

This program is directed by Nicole M. Rodriguez, PhD, BCBA-D and other UNMC faculty members associated with Applied Behavior Analysis.

  • Regina Carroll, PhD, BCBA-D – iCASD, Autism Care for Toddlers Clinic
  • Tara Fahmie, PhD, BCBA-D – Severe Behavior Department
  • Mary Halbur, PhD, BCBA-D – iCASD, Autism Care for Toddlers Clinic
  • Bethany Hansen, PhD, BCBA-D – Pediatric Feeding Disorders
  • Cynthia Livingston, PhD, BCBA-D – Severe Behavior Department
  • Catalina N. Rey, PhD, BCBA-D – iCASD, Early Intervention Program
  • Nicole M. Rodriguez, PhD, BCBA-D – iCASD, Early Intervention Program | Director of ABA PhD Program
  • Alice Shillingsburg, PhD, BCBA-D – iCASD Director
  • Amanda Zangrillo, PsyD, BCBA-D – Severe Behavior Department