Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Dr. Sarah Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Rachel Garcia, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Evan Dart, Ph.D., BCBA-D


assessment, autism, problem behavior, video modeling


Although many behavior analysts recognize the value of conducting a functional analysis (FA), some report being hesitant to conduct the assessment (Oliver et al., 2015). Two potential barriers to conducting FAs include setting limitations (Roscoe et al., 2015) and lack of trained staff (Deochand et al., 2020). Researchers have addressed these limitations by developing variations of the traditional FA and demonstrating that those procedures could be taught across various populations. Perhaps the issue related to training has less to do with the ability to train FA procedures, and more to do with the accessibility of such trainings. Study 1 addressed these limitations by demonstrating that Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) could be taught trial-based FA procedures through a remotely delivered video modeling intervention. Study 2 evaluated the generalization of these skills to the natural environment by having the BCBAs conduct the assessment with a client. Furthermore, maintenance of the procedures was demonstrated through role play with the researcher four weeks following the final FA session.