Mary Halbur, PhD, BCBA-D

Mary Halbur, PhD, BCBA-DMary E. Halbur, PhD, BCBA-D

Clinical Director, Autism Care for Toddlers in Omaha North (ACTION) Clinic
Assistant Professor, MMI - iCASD

integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD)
Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

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Professional Summary

Mary E. Halbur, PhD, BCBA-D is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD). Dr. Halbur is also the Clinical Director of the Autism Care for Toddlers in Omaha North (ACTION) Clinic that provides early intensive behavioral intervention services to young children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Halbur received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Iowa and Master’s degrees in Behavior Analysis and Psychology at St. Cloud State University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively. Dr. Halbur received her PhD in Psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from Marquette University under the supervision of Dr. Tiffany Kodak and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UNMC in the Munroe-Meyer Institute under the supervision of Dr. Regina Carroll. The majority of her research and clinical experiences include early behavioral intervention, language acquisition, and treatment team member (i.e., teacher, caregiver) involvement in behavior analytic service delivery for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Halbur serves on the editorial board of the Analysis of Verbal Behavior and has been a guest reviewer for a variety of behavioral journals.

Specialty Certifications

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral


  • PhD, Marquette University, 2020
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2018
  • MS, St. Cloud State University, 2016
  • BA, University of Iowa, 2014


  • Assessment and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

Special/Research Interests and Projects

  • Early behavioral intervention
  • Language acquisition
  • Treatment team member (i.e., teacher, caregiver) involvement in service delivery
  • Treatment integrity
  • Social validity
  • Staff training
  • Emergent responding
  • Daily living skills and tolerance training procedures

Publications on PubMed

Selected Publications (within the last 5 years)

  • Halbur, M., Kodak, T., McKee, M., Carroll, R., Preas, E., Reidy, J., Cordeiro, M.C., (2021). Tolerance of Face Coverings for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(2), 600-617.
  • Halbur, M., Kodak, T., Williams, X., Reidy, J., Halbur, C. (2021). Comparison of sounds and words as sample stimuli for discrimination training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 54(3), 1126-1138.
  • Kodak, T., Halbur, M. (2021). A tutorial for the design and use of assessment-based instruction in practice. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14, 166-180.
  • Halbur, M., Caldwell, R. K., Kodak, T. (2021). Stimulus control research and practice: considerations of stimulus disparity and salience for discrimination training. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14, 272-282.
  • Kodak, T., Halbur, M., Bergmann, S., Costello, D., Benitez, B., Olsen, M., Gorgan, E., & Cliett, T. (2020). A comparison of stimulus set size on tact training for children with autism spectrum disorder, Journal of AppliedBehavior Analysis, 53(1), 265-283.
  • Halbur, M., Kodak, T., Wood, R. Corrigan, E. (2020). An evaluation of parent preference for prompting procedures. Journal of AppliedBehavior Analysis, 53(20), 707-726.
  • Kodak, T., & Halbur, M. (2019) Consequent interventions. In S. Hupp, & J. Jewell. Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. Wiley Blackwell.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group