Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate - Additional Details
Please note that space is limited. Registration will be completed on a first come, first serve basis among students who meet the registration criteria for their respective programs.Please send your resume outlining your education and professional experience, and a 1-page letter of intent to the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at email@example.com. In your letter, please outline the reasons why you would like to pursue the BCBA® or BCaBA® certification.
BCBA® interested students must either hold, or be in the process of completing, a master’s degree. BCaBA® interested students must either hold, or be in the process of completing, a bachelor’s degree. If your degree was conferred in behavior analysis or one of the approved academic areas listed on the BACB website, you do not need to take any action. All other degree determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. To request consideration of your degree, use this form to provide BACB with some basic information. If students use this form and upload a scanned copy of their transcript, there is no need to mail anything to BACB. If you degree is not in one of the approved academic areas, we will need to have proof of degree approval from the BACB before you begin your certification coursework at CU Denver.
After December 31,
2015, all BCBA applications must meet the following degree requirement: Possession of a minimum of a master’s degree
from an accredited university that was (a) conferred in behavior analysis,
education, or psychology OR (b) conferred in a degree program in which the
candidate completed a BACB approved course sequence.
Please note that in order to apply for the BCBA® Examination or BCaBA® Examination you will need to have COMPLETED:
|UC Denver BCBA®’s course sequence
||UC Denver BCaBA®’s course sequence|
|Supervised experience - see below.
||Supervised experience - see below.|
Required Supervised Experience
Students must complete between 750-1500 hours of supervised experience in order to take the examination. There are two options available for CU Denver students.
Supervised Independent Fieldwork
***We are not currently offering the intensive practicum option. Please check back for more information at a later date.***
Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify. We encourage all students to check the required supervised experience guidelines established by the BACB by visiting their website at www.BACB.com
The BACB examinations will be offered during
“testing windows” of approximately one month's duration three times per
calendar year. The examination will be available only during these testing
For 2013, the dates are the month of January, May, and September. Applications should be submitted up to two weeks before the
testing window begins.
University of Colorado Denver BCBA® Instructors
Rebecca Arvans-Feeney, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Arvans-Feeney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who obtained her doctorate in psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She completed an APA approved internship at the Munroe Meyer Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Arvans-Feeney has worked with children and adults across several settings, including outreach clinics, early intervention home and school programs, mental health clinics, medical centers, juvenile homes, and assessment clinics. Her primary areas of interest include the use of empirically supported treatments with children and parent training.
Brian Feeney, M.A., BCBA
Brian Feeney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who obtained his bachelors degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and his masters degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Brian has worked with children and adults with varying disabilities and mental health issues and their caregivers since 1999 across a variety of settings. His primary interests include addressing behavioral problems and how the process of aging alters learning behavior.
David Hatfield , Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Hatfield is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-D, and has been involved in applied behavior analysis in developmental disabilities and autism treatment since 1989. He obtained his masters degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Science from Florida State University, and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since then he has held positions as an assistant professor, state clinical director for a large residential provider company, ABA consultant, outpatient therapist, and executive director of his own company. At this time Dr. Hatfield’s company has the largest concentration of board certified staff in Colorado, and specializes in treatments for children and adults with Autism.
Dr. Hatfield is an Autism Commissioner for the State of Colorado and Director of the Colorado Coalition of Autism Professionals. He holds appointments with two state universities where he trains doctoral candidates, APA interns, and Post-docs on methods for integrating ABA and Behavior Therapy.
Teresa Camille Kolu, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Kolu is a
doctoral Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Ph.D from Rutgers
University. Dr. Kolu has been dynamically engaged with families affected by
Autism Spectrum Disorders or language delays for 14 years, and trained in
University of North Texas’ program in Behavior Analysis during her
undergraduate and first graduate program. Dr. Kolu has published research on
the neurobiology of contextual learning in peer-reviewed journals, and
presented workshops and trainings on teaching social skills to learners with
autism, improving teaching outcomes in an integrated preschool for autism, and
arranging public and private educational environments to promote learning,
independence, social interaction and communication. As a university instructor
at Rutgers and UNT she taught courses in behavior analysis, autism, psychology,
conditioning and learning, and writing. Her community based practice serves
learners, families, and educational facilities affected by challenges from
autism to traumatic brain injury and feeding concerns. Dr. Kolu is grateful to
join the team at UCD, to continue engagement with students learning to
incorporate ABA in their education and practice.
Jeff Kupfer, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Kupfer is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, Colorado and Nebraska, and a doctorate level board certified behavior analyst. He is a founder and member of the Board of Trustees for the Cambridge Center for Behavior Studies. He is the Past President of the Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Kupfer received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Florida, specializing in the experimental analysis of behavior. He has practiced in outpatient clinics, schools, in-patient hospitals, nursing homes and residential settings, and has treated severe behavioral disorders such as aggression and self-destructive behaviors. He has extensive experience treating persons with brain injury, pervasive developmental disabilities, autism, mental illness, and other neurologically-based disorders, and has published articles in the areas of behavior analysis, pharmacology and visual impairments.
Edith Purcell, M.A.
Edy has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from CU-Denver and has completed all requirements for the BCBA certification. She works on a variety of projects through the University of Colorado at Denver including : providing clinical services through the Colorado Autism Waiver, conducting assessments on children with autism for a longitudinal research study, and training classroom teams in the use of evidence-based strategies for working with young children with autism. Her work outside the University focuses on working as a bilingual independent contractor providing developmental intervention services to infants and toddlers.
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