Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Sarah E. Bloom, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Andrew L. Samaha, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Raymond G. Miltenberger, Ph.D.


Applied Behavior Analysis, Functional Analysis, Remote Teaching, Staff Training


The trial-based functional analysis (Trial-based FA) was adapted from the traditional functional analysis (FA) to make FA methodology more feasible to conduct in situations where controlled settings are unavailable. Additionally, teachers and paraprofessionals have been trained to conduct trial-based FAs with high fidelity (Kunnavatana, Bloom, Samaha, & Dayton, 2013). Behavioral analytic procedures such as video modeling are available to teach these skills to behavior analysts that do not have access to these training. This procedure is effective, well-liked, and can be used remotely. Video modeling may be used to train behavior analysts to conduct trial-based functional analysis remotely, which could lead to greater dissemination of this approach to behavioral assessment of problem behavior. The purpose of this study is to use video modeling to train 9 college students and Registered Behavior Technicians to conduct the trial-based FA with high treatment fidelity. Results showed that video modeling was successful at increasing the procedural fidelity of subjects in conducting a trial-based FA. No participants needed video feedback in order to reach 100% procedural fidelity. Social validity results showed that participants enjoyed the use of video models and felt more confident in their skills after the intervention.