Northwest offers Applied Behavior Analysis course

Students signing up for Northwest Mississippi Community College’s second round of Mini-Term classes of the spring semester have the chance to take a course that is only offered by a small number of colleges.

Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 2543) is best known in treatment of autism spectrum disorder, organization behavioral management, dementia treatment and elderly care. The course is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) certification process toward the designation of a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

Dr. Emily Johnson, a licensed behavior analyst and a licensed clinical psychologist, will be the course’s instructor. According to Kristin Watson, Northwest’s director of Social Science Instruction, the goal of the class is to apply the principles of applied behavior analysis to problems involving human behavior change. It is recommended that a student have completed general psychology (PSY 1513) before signing up for the class.

The online Mini-Term class is scheduled to begin on March 16. Students will be able to register for the course through that date. For more information, contact Watson at New students should follow the College’s admissions process at

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