The doctoral designation (-D) is an additional designation for BCBAs with doctoral training in behavior analysis. It is not a separate credential and it does not grant any special privileges above or beyond the BCBA credential. Individuals who wish to become BCBA-Ds must first become certified as BCBAs and then separately demonstrate that they meet the additional requirements for the doctoral designation.
Applicants for the doctoral designation must be actively certified as a BCBA in good standing AND meet ONE of the following options:
- Option A (Accredited Doctoral Program): The certificant holds a doctoral degree from a graduate program accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
- Option B (Non-Accredited Doctoral Program): The certificant holds a doctoral degree from a qualifying institution, in which he or she conducted a behavior-analytic dissertation and has met ONE of the following requirements:
- Has passed at least 4 behavior-analytic courses as part of the doctoral program of study;
- Has been formally advised/supervised by a faculty member who, at the time of the formal relationship, held the BCBA credential and had met any supervisor qualification criteria in place at that time;
- Has authored 2 peer-reviewed journal articles that are behavior-analytic in nature.
- Option C (Postdoctoral Respecialization): The certificant holds a doctoral degree from a qualifying institution prior to meeting ALL of the following requirements:
- Has accumulated a minimum of 1,800 hours of experience in applied behavior analysis during a postdoctoral fellowship or postdoctoral employment experience that included explicit, ongoing education in behavior analysis conducted under the supervision of a BCBA who has met BACB supervision requirements prior to beginning the experience; AND
- Has authored 2 peer-reviewed journal articles that are (a) behavior-analytic in nature and (b) were completed as a product of the training experience above.
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