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Earn your Psychology degree at UCM - Lee's Summit

Designed for busy, career-driven students, UCM offers a B.A. in Psychology completion program at UCM - Lee's Summit.

Testimonial about the B.S. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I chose Psychology at UCM because of the real-life aspect of the program and the technology in it."
- Madeline Cramer, B.A. in Psychology alumna

Testimonial about the B.S. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I've been able to experience on-the-job training while assisting Dr. Lundervold in the Behavioral Medicine Lab."
- Amy Garcia, B.S. in Psychology graduate and current Psychology graduate student

Testimonial about the B.A. in Psychology degree at UCM

"I've been able to apply what I've learned in my classes to the real world and many of my other classes."
- Sara Thomas, B.A. in Psychology graduate and current Criminal Justice graduate student

Testimonial about the B.A. in Psychology degree at UCM

"The psychology professors at UCM were more than willing to be mentors. They genuinely cared about my goals and success."
- Brittany Echols, B.A. in Psychology alumna


Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis Students Attending 2015 Kansas ABA Conference


What is Behavior Analysis?

Behavior analysis is the scientific study of principles of behavior (operant conditioning, respondent conditioning) with humans and other organisms.

When these principles of behavior are used to address socially significant problems in the settings where they occur, it is referred to as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). There is a significant need for bachelor degree- and master’s degree-level Board Certified Behavior Analysts to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities, traumatic head injury, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders..

If you use principles of behavior in an office setting to improve the day to day functioning of individuals and assist them to manage the challenges of living this process is called Behavior Therapy. Problem areas addressed through Behavior Therapy include stress, anxiety, depression and coping with chronic pain. Professionals who practice Behavior Therapy are licensed as a psychologist, professional counselor, or social worker.

For more information, see the following resources:
A short video about the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
An article about the variety of job settings in which Behavior Analysts work.
An article about the use of applied behavior analysis to train dogs to detect land mines.
Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis
Association for Behavior Analysis International


ABA Course Work and Certification
If you are an undergraduate student and wish to enroll in professional training courses in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) leading to certification as a Board Certified (Assistant) Behavior Analyst, click on this link: Undergraduate Course Work in ABA.

UCM Certificate Program in ABA
If you are an undergraduate student and would like to have more information or apply for the UCM Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), in recognition of exceptional educational performance, click on this link: Certificate in ABA.

Graduate Training in Behavior Analysis and Therapy
If you are a student interested in graduate education and training in Behavior Analysis and Therapy, click on this link: Graduate Training in Applied Behavior Analysis.