Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a scientific discipline concerned with applying techniques based upon the principles of learning to change behavior of social significance. It is the applied form of behavior analysis; the other two forms are radical behaviorism (or the philosophy of the science) and the experimental analysis of behavior (or basic experimental research).

The name "applied behavior analysis" has replaced behavior modification because the latter approach suggested attempting to change behavior without clarifying the relevant behavior-environment interactions. In contrast, ABA tries to change behavior by first assessing the functional relationship between a targeted behavior and the environment. Further, the approach often seeks to develop socially acceptable alternatives for aberrant behaviors.

ABA has been brought to bear on a wide range of areas and behavioral problems. Examples include such things as early intensive behavioral interventions for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), research on the principles influencing criminal behavior, as well as HIV prevention, conservation of natural resources, education, gerontology, health and exercise, industrial safety, language acquisition, littering, medical procedures, parenting, psychotherapy, seatbelt use, severe mental disorders, sports, substance abuse, phobias, pediatric feeding disorders, and zoo management and care of animals.

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Capella University

Four or more years; Private for profit; $14,148 average out-state tuition; $14,148 average in-state tuition

National University

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Florida Institute of Technology

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Purdue University Global

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Simmons University

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University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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Pepperdine University

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Scholarships for Applied Behavior Analysis Majors

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Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $65,000 November 01, 2024 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

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Up to $65,000

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November 01, 2024
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Tennessee Behavioral Health Pathways Scholarship

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Up to $15,000 Varies See Details
 

Tennessee Behavioral Health Pathways Scholarship

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

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UNCF/CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$10,000 May 31, 2024 See Details
 

UNCF/CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

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$10,000

deadline

May 31, 2024
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Springfield Research Fund Dissertation Fellowship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

Up to $10,000 June 12, 2024 See Details
 

Springfield Research Fund Dissertation Fellowship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

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Up to $10,000

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June 12, 2024
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Honors Scholarship - Bethel College, Kansas

Bethel College - Kansas

$7,500 Varies See Details
 

Honors Scholarship - Bethel College, Kansas

Bethel College - Kansas

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$7,500

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Mat-Su Health Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Mat-Su Health Foundation

Up to $5,000 Varies See Details
 

Mat-Su Health Foundation Vocational Scholarship

Mat-Su Health Foundation

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Up to $5,000

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Sharon Stephens Brehm Undergraduate Psychology Scholarship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

$5,000 July 10, 2024 See Details
 

Sharon Stephens Brehm Undergraduate Psychology Scholarship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

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$5,000

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July 10, 2024
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APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

$4,000 January 31, 2025 See Details
 

APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship

American Psychological Foundation (APF)

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$4,000

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January 31, 2025
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Prof. Morris R. Lewenstein Memorial Scholarship

San Francisco State University

$2,500 April 08, 2025 See Details
 

Prof. Morris R. Lewenstein Memorial Scholarship

San Francisco State University

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$2,500

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April 08, 2025
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Mental Health America of Tarrant County Scholarship

Mental Health America of Tarrant County

Up to $5,000 June 15, 2024 See Details
 

Mental Health America of Tarrant County Scholarship

Mental Health America of Tarrant County

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Up to $5,000

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June 15, 2024
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