Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2019

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science


Health Professions

Committee Member(s)

Dr. Kara Wunderlich

Dr. Sarah Freeman

Johanna McDonald

Supervising Faculty Member

Dr. Kara Wunderlich


Practicing behavior analysts and registered behavior technicians (RBTs) are required to base their practices on scientific evidence. Analyzing single-subject data is among the most important behavior-analytic practices because it guides clinical decision-making. Although prior research has shown the conservative dual-criteria (CDC) method is accurate (Fisher, Kelley, & Lomas, 2003) and can be used with real graphs like those used in behavior-analytic practice (Lanovaz, Huxley, & Dufour, 2017; Wolfe, Seaman, Drasgow, & Sherlock, 2018), most empirically supported training procedures involve in-person training. Because in-person training in behavior-analytic practice can be expensive, remotely administered training packages might be more viable. Using a multiple baseline design, we evaluated the efficacy of a remotely administered, video-based training package to teach graduate students to implement the CDC method across two studies. The video-based training included written instructions and a video model. Subjects received packets of AB graphs and interpreted them by answering “yes” or “no” to the question, “Does the graph show a treatment effect?” We measured the accuracy of each subject’s interpretations as well as his or her correspondence with the CDC method before and after the video-based training. Limitations of the CDC method and future research directions are discussed.

Rights Holder

Chandler Pelfrey