Functional Analysis

Functional Analysis

A Practitioner's Guide to Implementation and Training

1st Edition - September 18, 2019

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  • Authors: James Chok, Jill Harper, Mary Weiss, Frank Bird, James Luiselli
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128172131
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128172124

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Functional Analysis: A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementation and Training provides practitioners with the most updated information about applying the wide span of current functional analysis (FA) methodologies geared specifically to applied service settings. The book serves as a self-instructional implementation to a broad-base of trainees and care-providers within schools, clinics, centers and human services organizations. Adopting a Behavioral Skills Training and competency-based training outcomes approach, the learning materials and activities featured in the book include suggested slideshow presentations, role-play exercises, pre- and post-training quizzes, natural setting evaluation methods, data recording forms, instructional scripts and reproducible handouts.

Key Features

  • Covers an historical overview and the ethical considerations of functional analysis
  • Examines FA methodology, measurement methods and experimental designs
  • Teaches how to independently design, conduct and interpret FAs
  • Explains how to formulate FA-informed intervention plans
  • Presents an agile curriculum that can be customized for different providers


Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), entry-level paraprofessionals who work directly with children with ASD. Centers for autism will be interested in purchasing multiple copies of this manual for those they are training

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Functional Analysis

    2. Conducting Standard Functional Analysis Sessions

    3. Conducting Functional Analysis Sessions with Children and Adults

    4. Extending Standard Functional Analysis Conditions

    5. Measurement, Experimental Design, Methodology

    6. Graphing, Graph Interpretation, Managing Undifferentiated Data

    7. Supervision and Mentoring


Product details

  • No. of pages: 158
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128172131
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128172124

About the Authors

James Chok

Jim Chok, Ph.D., BCBA – D is a licensed psychologist, neuropsychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Chok received his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed a one year internship and two year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chok previously served as the Senior Director of Clinical Services for the Residential Treatment Facility at Melmark Pennsylvania, which specializes in the treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and severe challenging behavior. He now maintains a private practice in West Chester, PA, specializing in diagnostic assessments and the treatment of OCD, Panic Disorder, and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Chok previously served as the Vice President of the New Hampshire chapter of the International OCD Foundation and is currently President of the Pennsylvania Association of Behavior Analysis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Behavioral Neuropsychologist and Senior Clinician, Residential Treatment Facility, Melmark New England

Jill Harper

Jill M. Harper, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed behavior analyst. She is the Director of Professional Development, Clinical Training, and Research at Melmark New England and holds an adjunct faculty position with Endicott College. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, mechanisms responsible for behavior change, and organizational behavior management. Dr. Harper has published her work in several peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, and regularly presents at regional and national conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Instructor, College of Advancing and Professional Studies, and Center for Social Development and Education, University of Massachusetts Boston Director of Professional Development, Training, and Research, Melmark New England

Mary Weiss

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a licensed behavior analyst. She is the Director of Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott College, where she oversees the Ph.D. in ABA and the master’s programs in ABA and in Autism and ABA. At Melmark, she is a Senior Director of Research. Dr. Weiss is a regular presenter at national conferences and publishes frequently on ABA and its application to individuals with ASD. She is on the Board of Association for Science in Autism Treatment, is an advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, serves on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Professional Advisory Board of Autism New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to the ABA Ethics Hotline.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Graduate Program in Autism/ABA Studies, Endicott College, Senior Director of Research, Melmark New England, USA

Frank Bird

Frank Bird serves as Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Melmark. He oversees clinical services at our service divisions in New England, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. Mr. Bird is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) with over 35years of experience in developing behavioral programming for challenging behaviors for children and adults with the diagnosis of autism, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and mental illness. He has developed over 50 programs of treatment in support of individuals with disabilities over the course of his career. His research focusing on the evidence-based practices of Applied Behavior Analysis has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, impacting systems of care not only at Melmark, but at providers around the world. Mr. Bird, with Ms. Rita Gardner and Mr. Peter Troy, was instrumental in the establishment of Melmark New England in 1998.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Melmark, New England, Pennsylvania, USA

James Luiselli

James K. Luiselli, EdD, ABPP, BCBA-D, is a clinical psychologist, behavior analyst, and Director of Clinical Development and Research at Melmark New England, Andover, MA. His practice and research interests include intervention for challenging behavior, performance and health psychology, professional development, and organizational behavior management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Clinical Development and Research, Melmark, New England, Pennsylvania, USA

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