Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Kimberly Crosland

Committee Member

Rachel Garcia, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Nicole Gravina, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Rocky Haynes, BCBA-D

Committee Member

Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Applied Behavior Analysis, Assessment, Organizational Behavior Management, Teaching


Behavior analysts have been studying behavior related to academic instruction for decades (Dunlap et al., 2001). Instruction has focused primarily on K-12 teachers with much less emphasis on college level instructors (Baum & McPherson, 2019). Additionally, studies related to improving instruction often lack information related to why a particular intervention was chosen. Creating an assessment tool to assist in determining interventions that would be most effective for improving classroom or virtual instruction could be beneficial. Therefore, the purpose of study one was to develop the Performance Diagnostic Checklist for Instructors (PDC-I) which will help guide supervisors of college instructors into choosing the most effective and efficient type of intervention(s) to improve at least one aspect of their teaching behavior. The purpose of study two was to evaluate the use of the PDC-I with three instructors teaching online courses at the graduate level. Results suggest that the interventions developed based on the results of the PDC-I improved each instructors performance of responding appropriately to student discussion board posts.