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Division of Behaviour Analysis

Welcome to the Division of Behaviour Analysis

Aims and Objectives:

The PSI Division of Behaviour Analysis (DBA) promotes the development of behaviour analysis as a profession and a science. The Division aims to raise the profile of Behavioural Psychology among organisations and individuals, and to promote a better understanding of the role and work of the Behavioural Psychologist.
We provide opportunities for our members to come together with peers and engage in training events and discussion regarding our discipline to facilitate the attainment and maintenance of high standards of professional competence and ethical standards among Behavioural Psychologists. We hold an annual conference to encourage scientific research in Behavioural Psychology and to promote the dissemination of existing knowledge.


Our Committee:

Chair: Julian Leslie, D. Phil., D.Sc., C. Psychol., FPsSI
Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Holloway, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Conference Organiser: Maeve Bracken, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Communications Officer: Helena Lydon, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Ordinary Members: Michelle Kelly
Rita Honan
Deborah Ging
Kathryn O Mahony
Veronica Cullinan
Alan Tennyson

How to become a member:

We would strongly encourage PSI members to apply for DBA membership. We have a modest yearly subscription rate (≤25), which provides several benefits including the following:

• Access to our network of members working in Behavioural Psychology
• Information about training events at our annual scientific meetings
• Access to our continuous notification of relevant job opportunities

Membership should be selected during application of PSI membership or renewal of membership   

Contact the Committee:
The 11th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis
The 11th Annual Conference was held on 11th -13th May 2017 in Trinity College Dublin. This year also commemorated the 40th Anniversary of Behaviour Analysis in Ireland.

The keynote speakers for this year’s conference were:

Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Professor of Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium,
Jackson Marr, Georgia Tech and President of Applied Behavior Analysis, International
William Ahearn, Research Director, New England Center for Children, Boston, Massachusetts.

The 12th Annual Conference will be held in Galway in April/May 2018. Details of the conference will be available closer to the date.

Division of Behavioural Analysis Blog
The Division are proud to present its blog. For full details please click here.

ABA International:

Behaviour Analysis Certification Board: 

Third Level Institutions offering Postgraduate Courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA):
Trinity College Dublin: offers PGDip in ABA and MSc in ABA 

NUI Galway: offers MSc in ABA  and Structured PhD in ABA 

Ulster University , Coleraine Campus: offers an MSc in ABA
PhD (full-time or part-time): 


Related Upcoming Events

An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
Presenters: Colin O’Driscoll and Gary Broderick

21st - 22nd September


Using the Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Ability
Prsenter: Ian O’Grady

21st September


Winning Through Well-Being: Exploring the Benefits and Co-Benefits of Sport and Physical Activity (part of the 2017 PSI Autumn Winter Public Lecture Series)
Speakers: Dr Kate Kirby, Dr Tadhg MacIntyre, Jessie Barr & Niamh Briggs

21st September


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