About the VA-ABA Consortium
Applied behavior analysis is a discipline devoted to understanding human behavior and to bringing about improvements in behavior and quality of life that are significant to the individuals involved.
Applied behavior analysis does this through application of empirically validated, scientific methodology to problems and solutions. Applied behavior analysis has applications in general and special education at all levels; business and industry; therapy for individuals with autism and other disabilities; treatment of psychiatric disorders; family relationship counseling; general and specialty medicine, including geriatrics; and numerous other areas.
The Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis (VA-ABA) Consortium is comprised of four universities: George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The consortium was formed to deliver coursework approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) via distance learning modalities by the member institutions. This allows individuals from across the state to participate in the consortium. Participating universities also may have additional ABA programs available.
The VA-ABA Consortium's primary goal is to provide educators, potential educators, and related professionals with instruction in applied behavior analysis that will broaden the range of empirically-supported teaching methodologies used to meet the academic, social, and behavioral learning needs of diverse students. The VA-ABA Consortium's secondary goal is to provide professionals with the educational and experiential requirements needed to complete the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Examination to become board-certified behavior analysts.