Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Heather M. McGee

Second Advisor

Dr. Alyce M. Dickinson

Third Advisor

Dr. Douglas A. Johnson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Jane Howard


Performance management, training, in-basket assessment, organizational behavior management, BCBA


The demand for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) has increased dramatically since 2010 (Burning Glass Technologies, 2019). A core component of a BCBA’s role is to provide supervision to Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) and other paraprofessionals. Currently there is a lack of research on effective supervision training in the ABA literature. This study evaluated a supervision training program based on the Operant Model of Effective Supervision developed by Komaki (1986). The training developed for this study incorporated basic OBM concepts such as behavioral pinpointing, feedback, and goal setting as well as concepts such as work sampling, which the Operant Model has indicated is a component of effective supervision. This study attempted to assess the effects of this training using an in-basket assessment. No significant differences were found for the number of antecedent or consequence responses provided on the assessment between the two groups. A significant difference was found for the number of work sampling responses; however, the effect was observed in the opposite of the anticipated direction.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access