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Behavior Analysis

The Behavior Analysis program at Utah State University provides students the opportunity to earn a PhD in Psychology with a focus on laboratory and translational research investigating experimental variables that influence human and nonhuman behavior. The Behavior Analysis program has exemplary faculty with interests in decision making, impulsivity, and resurgence. The translational implications of this research extend to substance abuse, the treatment of severe problem behavior, and healthy eating. Students receive extensive hands-on training in laboratory research. They also complete coursework in modern theories of learning, statistical analyses, experimental design, and applied behavior analysis.

Students accepted into the Behavior Analysis program receive tuition awards and assistantship stipends. Learn more about applying to the program, how students are funded, and a week-in-the-life of a student in our department.

Course Highlights

Theories of Learning - This course covers modern theoretical developments in the experimental analysis of behavior and covers topics such as matching theory, behavioral momentum, relapse, behavioral detection, behavior systems, and information theory. Implications of these theories for the modification of behavior in general and their application to specific areas like developmental disabilities and drug abuse are also discussed.

Behavioral Economics - From demand curves to delay discounting, from substitutes to complements, this course provides students with a theoretical, methodological, and quantitative foundation in behavioral economics. Key findings and unanswered questions are discussed.

Behavior Theory & Philosophy - This course covers the philosophical origins, foundations, and assumptions of the science of behavior. Topics range from the ancient philosophical foundations of science to modern philosophical thought in behavior analysis.

Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior - Within Behavior Analysis, the study of human behavior has yielded unexpected findings; findings that took the field in new and fruitful directions.  This course reviews those findings, those directions, and prepares students to understand modern behavior-analytic theories of human behavior, and the clinical extensions of those theories. 

Behavior Analysis Faculty and Lab Pages

Behavioral Economics Lab | Greg Madden

The Behavioral Economics Lab at Utah State University explores how human and nonhuman behavior may be positively influenced through curated environmental design.

Timothy Shahan Lab | Timothy Shahan

The Shahan lab focuses on quantitative analyses of conditioning and learning.


Katie Brown (Starting Spring, 2020)