If you wish to receive practicum credit or research credit for one or more of these projects, please talk to the instructor about what is required to obtain course credit. Each of you is strongly advised to participate for one or more semesters.
Teaching/Instructional Design Opportunities
- Teaching Assistant/Teaching Fellow -- Hone your own understanding of behavioral principles by teaching others. Develop teaching skills, presentation skills, organizational skills, group and information management skills. Paid positions possible, contingent on university budget and performance. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Sigrid Glenn (email@example.com)
- Instructional Technology Lab -- Instructional technology team is developing multimedia courses for internet delivery. Activities of the team include making videotapes depicting behavioral procedures, designing and testing instructional materials, developing computer-based training and testing programs, designing data collection systems and analyzing performance of learners. Dr. Sigrid Glenn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Leslie Burkett (email@example.com)
Applied Service/Research Opportunities
- Behavior Analysis Resource Center (BARC) -- A research and treatment team systematically assesses and develops treatment for behavior disorders exhibited by persons with mental retardation. This project is located on the campus of the Denton State School and is staffed by personnel from the Department of Behavior Analysis. Paid positions available for students who have demonstrated commitment. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Richard Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Behavioral Assessment & Technology Support System (BATSS) -- Work on a team of graduate and undergraduate students who are designing and implementing behavior programs to help school children with severe behavior problems. After you have gained experience, paid positions are available. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Janet Ellis (email@example.com)
- North Texas Autism Project (NTAP) -- This project involves a three-course sequence, practicum, internship, and thesis opportunities. Students are trained to develop, implement, supervise, and evaluate early intervention programs for children with autism. Students will participate in both classroom, clinical, and research activities, and will receive financial compensation for the research assistance and provision of services to children after the 1st component of training, Autism I. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Shahla Ala’i- Rosales (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA) -- ORCA is a group based out of the behavior analysis department for graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining experience in animal training. Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Jesus Rosales (email@example.com)
Basic Research Opportunities
- Human Operant Lab -- This lab is focused on studying basic behavioral processes related to stimulus control with humans. Current projects include: (1) two experiments investigating the role of equivalence relations in the extension of stimulus function; (2) one experiment investigating the role of stimulus properties in the dynamics of remembering; (3) one experiment investigating the acquisition of conditional discriminations with complex stimuli. Project due to start soon will include: (1) an investigation of the effects of schedule of reinforcement on matching to sample with children and pigeons; (2) phonological awareness and recombinative generalization with children and developmentally delayed adults; and (3) the development of cross modal equivalence classes with children with autism. The lab consists of six graduate students and two undergraduate students. Students meet weekly to present data and to discuss experimental strategies. In addition, students are encouraged to present their work in departmental colloquia as well as at regional and national conferences. Contact Dr. Manish Vaidya (Manish.Vaidya@unt.edu).
- Behavior Research Laboratory -- Studies on the relationship between environmental events, physiological events, and verbal behavior. Use biofeedback equipment to monitor physiological responses. If research credit is desired (BEHV 5900) arrange course objectives with supervisor, Dr. Jesus Rosales (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also for students interested in learning to run experiments designed to study basic behavioral processes. Meet at least once a week with faculty and/or graduate students and run experiments at times arranged between you and individual subjects.
- Pigeon Lab The work in this lab is focused on studying basic behavioral process related to stimulus control with nonhuman (pigeon) subjects. Projects due to start soon include: (1) an investigation of the effects of schedules of reinforcement on a matching to sample task: and (2) an investigation of the role of several procedural factors on the development of generalized identity matching in the pigeon. Contact Dr. Manish Vaidya (email@example.com) for information.