Concurrent operant analysis (COA) is an efficient and low-risk approach to assessing individuals’ preferences among various conditions, including instructional contexts in educational settings. Outcomes of COA can be used to design instructional conditions under which a student will choose to engage with tasks they historically avoided (Gardner et al., 2009; Mace et al., 1996; Romani et al., 2017). This presentation will include a brief overview of the COA literature but will focus primarily on practical applications, including initial hypothesis development, basic templates for analysis design, and designing classroom supports based on analysis outcomes. Participants will leave this presentation with an understanding of choice-based assessment that empowers them to quickly and efficiently assess and fine tune instructional procedures to support student engagement in the classroom.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify hypotheses appropriate for testing using concurrent operant analysis
  2. Select an appropriate concurrent operant analysis approach for a given hypothesis
  3. Describe how outcomes of concurrent operant analysis may be used to inform classroom supports

About the Presenter

Johanna Staubitz
Johanna (Joey) Staubitz completed her doctoral studies in special education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 2017 and has since worked as a clinical faculty member in Vanderbilt’s top-ranked Department of Special Education. She currently directs Vanderbilt’s applied behavior analysis master’s degree program and was recently appointed to the rank of assistant professor of the practice of applied behavior analysis. Before her time in higher education, Joey practiced as a classroom teacher and district behavior analyst. In both roles, she had firsthand encounters with the importance and challenge of providing individualized, integrated supports for academic learning and behavior. These observations not only initially drove Joey to pursue doctoral training, but also continue to motivate Joey’s research, training, and teaching endeavors. Her collective efforts are dedicated to developing, adapting, evaluating, and disseminating procedures that are effective, practical, and safe for adoption in schools, to improve the possibility high-quality behavioral services are embedded into the free and appropriate public education to which all children are entitled.

Course information

  • Title: Using Concurrent Operant Analysis to Individualize Support
  • Presenter: Johanna Staubitz Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes
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