Severe Behavior Program
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Dr. Tara Fahmie, BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Severe Behavior Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. Dr. Fahmie received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2005. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley in 2007. She received her PhD from the University of Florida in Behavior Analysis under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Iwata in 2012. Between 2012 and 2020, Dr. Fahmie was a faculty member of the Psychology Department at California State University, Northridge. In 2021, Dr. Fahmie joined the Severe Behavior Program at the Munroe-Meyer Institute as an Associate Director. The Severe Behavior Program clinics provide assessment and treatment services to children with severe problem behaviors. The aim of services is to provide evidence-based behavioral assessment, intervention, and training to individuals and their caregivers, focusing on decreasing problematic and maladaptive behaviors and teaching functional, alternative behaviors using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Fahmie specializes in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and has experience providing these behavioral services in various settings (homes, schools, residential programs, clinics). At California State University, Northridge, Dr. Fahmie directed the Functional Assessment and Healthy Behavior (FAHB) clinic and research lab, which provided low- or no-cost access to assessment and treatment services in an outpatient university setting and in collaboration with local schools and autism agencies. In addition, Dr. Fahmie regularly consults with service providers in her local community and internationally to assist in the development and implementation of evidence-based, best practice strategies for the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Dr. Fahmie focuses on training and consultation models that are culturally informed and sustainable. Dr. Fahmie also investigates assessment and intervention strategies that will prevent minor forms of problem behavior from escalating in severity.
Dr. Fahmie thoroughly enjoys mentoring students and professionals from various backgrounds and strives to provide an inclusive training environment that embraces diverse perspectives.
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral Level (1-11-9297)
- PhD, University of Florida – Gainesville, FL 2012
- M.A., University of Kansas – Lawrence, KS 2007
- BS, University of Florida – Gainesville, FL 2005
- Dr. Fahmie has taught courses related to behavior analysis, assessment of problem behavior, professional development, developmental psychopathology, and research methods. She also has supervised students completing practicum courses towards behavioral credentialing.
Research Interests and Projects
- Functional analysis methodology
- Function-based interventions for severe problem behavior
- Assessment and prevention of emerging problem behavior
- Training and international dissemination of behavior analytic strategies
Selected Publications (within the last 5 years)
*denotes graduate student co-authors
**denotes undergraduate student co-authors
- Fahmie TA, Garcia AR*, Poetry JH*, Tierman EM*, Hamawe R*, Marks ST**, Jin S. Topographies and functions of emerging problem behavior and appropriate requests in neurotypical preschoolers. J Appl Behav Anal. 2020 Sep;53(4):2199-2214. doi: 10.1002/jaba.741.
- Sivaraman M, Fahmie TA. A systematic review of cultural adaptations in the global application of ABA-based telehealth services. J Appl Behav Anal. 2020 Sep;53(4):1838-1855. doi: 10.1002/jaba.763.
- Sivaraman M, Fahmie TA. Evaluating the Efficacy and Social Validity of a Culturally Adapted Training Program for Parents and Service Providers in India. Behav Anal Pract. 2020 Dec;13(4):849-861. doi: 10.1007/s40617-020-00489-w.
- Nava CE**, Fahmie TA, Jin S, Kumar P**. Evaluating the Efficacy, Preference, and Cultural Responsiveness of Student-Generated Content in an Undergraduate Behavioral Course. Behav Anal Pract. 2019 Dec;12(4):747-757. doi: 10.1007/s40617-019-00344-7
- Gover HC*, Fahmie TA, McKeown CA*. A review of environmental enrichment as treatment for problem behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement. J Appl Behav Anal. 2019 Feb;52(1):299-314. doi: 10.1002/jaba.508.
- Bell MC*, Fahmie TA. Functional analysis screening for multiple topographies of problem behavior. J Appl Behav Anal. 2018 Jul;51(3):528-537. doi: 10.1002/jaba.462.
- Sivaraman M, Fahmie TA. Using common interests to increase socialization between children with autism and their peers. Research in autism spectrum disorders. 2018 July; 51:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2018.03.007.
- Fahmie TA, Luczynski KC. Preschool life skills: Recent advancements and future directions. J Appl Behav Anal. 2018 Jan;51(1):183-188. doi: 10.1002/jaba.434.
- Fahmie TA, Macaskill AC, Kazemi E, Elmer UC**. Prevention of the development of problem behavior: A laboratory model. J Appl Behav Anal. 2018 Jan;51(1):25-39. doi: 10.1002/jaba.426
- Luczynski KC, Fahmie TA. Preschool Life Skills: Toward Teaching Prosocial Skills and Preventing Aggression in Young Children. In: The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression. Sturmey P, editor. Online: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.; 2017. Chapter 59; p.1-12.
- Fahmie TA, Iwata BA, Mead SC. Within-subject analysis of a prevention strategy for problem behavior. J Appl Behav Anal. 2016 Dec;49(4):915-926. doi: 10.1002/jaba.343
- Fahmie TA, Iwata BA, Jann KE. Comparison of edible and leisure reinforcers. J Appl Behav Anal. 2015 Summer;48(2):331-43. doi: 10.1002/jaba.200.
- Association for Behavior Analysis International
- Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
- American Psychological Association, Division 25
- California Association for Behavior Analysis
- Association for Behavior Analysis International Outstanding Mentorship Award (2019)
- California State University, Northridge Distinguished Teaching Award (2019)