Daniel M. Fienup, Ph.D. BCBA-D
My area of expertise is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I am primarily interested in education and educational performance, including the design and evaluation of instructional variables that lead to positive educational outcomes. I am interested in evaluating multiple effective instructional strategies to assess which strategies require fewer resources (e.g., time, effort). Within this broad area, my lab and I research specific topics, these include the development and refinement of Equivalence Based Instruction (concept learning based on principles of stimulus equivalence), functional analysis of academic skill deficits, and how different learning arrangements affect the academic responding of children with Autism. Last, I co-Direct SIBS Club with Dr. Emily Jones, which is a treatment program for families of children with Autism.
I have the fortune of being able to work with several collaborators, doctoral students (below), Master's students, and research assistants. See some of their accomplishment on our awards and honors page.
Dr. Kimberly Reyes-Giordano, MA, BCBA (defended dissertation 1/10/17)
The opportunity to participate in the academic instruction lab suited my professional and academic goals. Post-graduation, I plan to work with children with developmental disabilities, assisting them in learning academic and social concepts. Academically, there are endless opportunities to devise and test instructional interventions. My current project is a functional analysis of academic deficits. The study aims to efficiently testing the effectiveness of various spelling interventions with children who experience difficulties in this academic area.
Dr. Bryan Tyner (defended dissertation 8/18/16)
I am interested in intersecting behavioral principles with computer-based instruction and human-computer interaction. Understanding learning processes helps to identify how users acquire computer skills and can inform design in order to improve user learning, performance, and experience. I am currently comparing the effects of video modeling and text-based instruction on graphing skills in Microsoft Excel.
Mirela Cengher, MA, BCBA
I obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Queens College and now attend the Behavior Analysis PhD program through the Graduate Center, CUNY. To date, I have conducted research on topics such as motivating operations for verbal behavior and teaching children with Autism to engage in social referencing behavior. My primary interest is to conduct translational research that may improve the applied work of behavior analysts by incorporating efficient basic processes (e.g., transfer of function, stimulus equivalence) into teaching strategies targeting socially significant behaviors.
The research I conduct in the ACE Lab is relevant to the career I am seeking post graduation, which is to teach at the college level. In this lab, I am able to work on projects related to my primary interests: developing academic interventions and professional skills interventions for college-level students. To date, I have helped develop, run, and analyze data for equivalence based instruction projects. Through my involvement in the lab, I have gained valuable management and collaboration experience.
My current research delves into ways to improve classroom practices in higher education. I enjoy exploring the effects of various ABA procedures on increasing students’ exam scores. My pre-dissertation evaluated the effects of placing a contingency for quiz completion on exam score – the contingency produced a 5% increase on exam scores! My future research will explore better ways to improve students’ exam scores, especially in those students who are struggling. I was drawn to the ACE lab and the Parent and Staff Training lab because of their interest in academic interventions across all age groups.
Anna Budd, MA
I completed a Master's in Psychology from Queens College, CUNY. This is my first semester in the Behavior Analysis Training Area Ph.D. program through the CUNY Graduate Center. Previously, I worked in the Academic and Curriculum Enrichment Lab, and assisted with research that focused on equivalence based instruction and prompting. My experiences of working as a college adviser, adjunct lecturer, and Behavior Analysis paraprofessional have led to research interest in academic interventions, work schedules, and skill acquisition among individuals with developmental disabilities.
Rika Ortega, MS, BCBA