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A Culturally Responsive Training Program for Behavior Analysts

Buonomo, Kristen (2022) A Culturally Responsive Training Program for Behavior Analysts. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The present study describes the implementation of an intervention that sought to increase cultural responsiveness of graduate students in behavior analysis. A literature review of graduate psychology programs and behavior analytic and social justice research as well as incorporation of the multicultural and social reconstructionist theoretical framework supported the intervention curriculum and content. To increase the cultural responsiveness of participants, a combination of didactic instruction, group discussions, and reflective writing exercises was implemented in a small group format. Pre- and post-assessments included two self-report rating scales and one written case study response. During the intervention, three reflective writing responses were collected. This mixed-methods analysis allowed for the ability to assess participant growth. Participants were six graduate students in an applied behavior analysis course sequence. Participants showed growth in rating scale scores and qualitative assessment on the pre- and post-assessment measurements. Reflective writing responses showed consideration of positionality and conceptions of culture, as well as how the desire to expand their professional conception of culture was impacted by participating in the intervention. Implications for practice and future research are described.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Buonomo, Kristenkbuonomo@me.comkrb1370000-0002-8262-9616
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRobertson,
Committee MemberKostewicz,
Committee MemberBartow-Jacobs,
Committee MemberSpradley,
Date: 2 September 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 April 2022
Approval Date: 2 September 2022
Submission Date: 4 August 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 109
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural responsiveness, behavior analysis, graduate training
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2022 18:07
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2022 18:07


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