ABA students are encouraged to get involved in behaviorally-based research projects under the mentorship of a faculty member to learn about the science of behavior analysis outside of the classroom. ABA research topics range from functional analysis of problem behavior, to the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders, to research on organizational behavior management. Students become involved in multiple facets of the project including conceptualization of the problem / question, data collection, data entry, data analysis, graphic display of data, and manuscript development. In addition, students should consult faculty profile pages and attend the Scott Center research meetings or individual faculty research meetings to identify research efforts that match their research interests.
Teams of faculty and students have formed to study topics such as social skills training, translational research, and behavior-based safety. ABA students present their research at state and national conferences, such as the annual meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Many students have even been authors on manuscripts published in professional journals in behavior analysis. These journals include the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions.