Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Educational Measurement and Research

Major Professor

Evan Dart, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Rose Iovannone, Ph.D.

Committee Member

John Ferron, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jose Castillo, Ph.D., NCSP


applied behavior analysis, behavioral interventions, classwide intervention, group contingencies


Challenging behavior in the context of education poses a number of significant issues for students and teachers, alike. Students who engage in significant challenging behaviors face poor educational outcomes and interpersonal conflict with peers. Educators must balance curriculum responsibilities and administrative duties while also addressing behavioral concerns that arise. Additionally, most educators are provided limited, if any specific training on the use of behavioral interventions. The proposed study aims to examine a classwide, behavioral intervention, the Good Behavior Game (GBG) and its utility in addressing challenging behaviors while informing research questions relevant to efficient practices for training educators.