The College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate School have officially launched a new Behavior Analysis Program, a master’s and Ph.D. level specialization in the Department of Psychology. The program will be housed in a newly renovated building at 525 N. 6th St., the former site of Herzing University.
Led by two nationally recognized and award-winning researchers and clinicians, Dr. Jeff Tiger and Dr. Tiffany Kodak, the behavior analysis program began this semester and already has a full class.
When the 19,000-square-foot facility opens later this fall, it will initially contain two clinics — one focusing on treating children with autism and another focused on treating severe problem behaviors in persons with developmental disabilities. It also will house research labs on the main floor, student offices and classrooms in the basement, and a top floor with faculty offices, as well as room to accommodate program growth.
According to Graduate School Dean Dr. Doug Woods, the new space offers students a convenient way to gain the clinical experience they need before applying for professional licensure.
“This offers something a little different,” Woods says. “Clinical experiences are required for licensure in behavior analysis. Usually, that experience is obtained in a collection of different sites around the area. By bringing the experiences to campus, Marquette students are going to be able to get their clinical experiences in a more convenient way, and it will allow us to serve more individuals who need the services. This program, in this building, is a great example of how Marquette brings together excellence in research, teaching and service to ‘be the difference’ in the community.”
The university purchased the building in early 2015 in a series of strategic real estate acquisitions designed to expand the campus footprint east toward downtown Milwaukee.
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