Research Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Research Ethics in Behavior Analysis

From Laboratory to Clinic and Classroom

1st Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Editors: David Cox, Noor Syed, Matthew Brodhead, Shawn Quigley
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909693

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The behavior analytic research community emphasizes within-subject research methodologies to study relations between individual behavior and the environment. This is unique as behavior analytic practitioners can then replicate directly the research they read when determining whether a research finding applies to the clients with whom they work. Research Ethics in Behavior Analysis: From Laboratory to Clinic and Classroom is a reference guide for behavior analysts who conduct, supervise, or consume research specific to behavior analysis. This book is sequenced to follow the natural research process, beginning with an introduction to the history of research ethics that led to modern principles and values of scientific research ethics. The reader is taken through sequential steps from obtaining resources to support a research project through participant recruitment, conducting the study, communicating results, and supporting replication. Each chapter incorporates critical and under-discussed topics unique to research ethics in behavior analysis such as diversity, equity, and inclusion in the research process; balancing methodological rigor with clinical outcomes; aligning research and clinical goals; assessing generalization of research findings; the gray lines of assent and consent for intervention versus research; identifying and obtaining resources to support research; conflicts of interest; using technology and social media; and ethically handling data.

Key Features

  • Incorporates critical and under-discussed topics unique to research ethics in behavior analysis
  • Reviews how to use technology and social media within your research
  • Explains various approaches to communicating both negative and positive results
  • Explores the gray lines of assent and consent for intervention versus research
  • Written specifically for behavior analysts who conduct, supervise, or consume research specific to behavior analysis


Students and professors associated with graduate coursework in behavior analysis. Practitioners and administrative personnel in clinical agencies conducting applied research in behavior analysis

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1. History of research ethics in science and behavior analysis
    Malika Pritchett and Shahla Ala’i-Rosales, Traci M. Cihon, & Alicia Re Cruz

    2. Ethical Principles and Values Guiding Modern Scientific Research
    David J. Cox, Victoria D. Suarez, & Videsha Marya

    3. Diversity in Research
    Sarah Veazey Kristiansen

    4. On staying open: Thoughts on the ethics of seeking funding for basic behavioral research
    David P. Jarmolowicz & Rogelio Escobar

    5. Obtaining resources to support research in applied clinical settings
    Amber L. Valentino & Olivia M. Onofrio

    6. Subject recruitment, consent, & assent
    Allison N. White, Jessica L. Herrod, Holly M. Long, & Matthew T. Brodhead

    7. Ethical considerations with balancing clinical effectiveness with research design
    Wayne W. Fisher, Ashley M. Fuhrman, Brian D. Greer, Vivian F. Ibañez, Kathryn M. Peterson, and Cathleen C. Piazza

    8. Conducting research in applied settings: Aligning research with applied goals
    Jill M. Harper

    9. Data Handling: Ethical Principles, Guidelines, and Recommended Practices
    Brent Kaplan, Shawn P. Gilroy, W. Brady DeHart, Jeremiah M. Brown, & Mikahil N. Koffarnus

    10. Ethically communicating research findings
    Fernanda S. Oda, James K. Luiselli, & Derek D. Reed

    11. Supporting the replication of your research
    Heather J. Forbes, Jason Travers, & Jenee Vickers Johnson

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323909693

About the Editors

David Cox

David Ph.D., M.S.B., BCBA-D is the Chief Data Officer at the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and Faculty of Behavior Analysis at Endicott College. He completed a Post-Doc in Computational Behavioral Economics at Johns Hopkins University, a Post-Doc in Data Science through the Insight Data Science Fellowship, a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida, an M.S. in Bioethics at Union Graduate College, and a B.S. in Psychology at Arizona State University. David has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of diagnoses spanning Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, obesity, and substance abuse/misuse. He has published 40+ peer-reviewed articles and one book spanning his research interests of quantitative and computational analyses of choice, verbal behavior, behavioral health, and ethical behavior. His current research uses machine learning and quantitative modeling to study the behavioral mechanisms of human choice and decision-making.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Data Officer, Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and Faculty of Behavior Analysis, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, USA

Noor Syed

Dr. Noor Syed (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis, Clinical Coordinator, and founding Director of the Center for Autism Advocacy: Research, Education, and Services (CAARES) with SUNY Empire State College. She has recently been named the Turben Director of Autism Advocacy. The Center’s primary initiative is to help SUNY Empire become a fully inclusive and supportive college for those who identify as neurodiverse through a multi-tiered system of support framework. In addition, Dr. Syed coordinates a Masters of Science program in ABA through SUNY Empire. She is the Director of Anderson Center International, an organization dedicated to building compassionate, sustainable resources for evidenced-based practices globally, an Adjunct Doctoral Advisor in ABA with Endicott College, and a certified general and special education teacher. Dr. Syed also serves on the ABA Ethics Hotline. Her interests lie in compassionate care, cultural humility, and social justice through an analysis of equity, diversity, and inclusion. She received her undergraduate degree in ABA under Dr. Raymond G. Romanczyk in the Institute for Child Development at Binghamton University and completed her PhD in ABA with Dr. R. Douglas Greer at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Affiliations and Expertise

SUNY Empire State College, Anderson Center International, Endicott College, PA, USA

Matthew Brodhead

Matthew T. Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Like many before him, his interests in behavior analysis and autism began at Croyden Avenue School in Kalamazoo, MI. Raised in Harbor Springs, Michigan, United States, he has an undying passion for spending time in the great outdoors. When he can’t get outside, he enjoys listening to and playing music, and in a previous life, he used to tour with a funk bank. You can learn more about his work by visiting his Web site,

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University, USA

Shawn Quigley

Shawn Quigley is the Chief Operating Office for Melmark. Dr. Quigley received his Master’s in Education at Idaho State University and then went on to Western Michigan University where he completed his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. Prior to joining the Melmark team, he completed a post-doctoral psychology fellowship with the University of New Mexico Medical Group. He stayed with University of New Mexico Medical Group as a manager of behavior services, working to increase access to behavior analytic providers, supporting advocacy groups, and developing state regulatory guidelines for service delivery. Dr. Quigley has worked as a direct support professional, behavior analyst, trainer, and administrator providing services in homes, schools, residential and community settings. These experiences provided a strong foundation for understanding service development, regulatory requirements, scope of competence issues, and resource allocation. Dr. Quigley actively supports the profession through practice, research, teaching, and service.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Professional Development and Clinical Training, Melmark, Berwyn, PA, USA

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