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Center for Applied Behavior Systems (CABS)

Center for Applied Behavior Systems

The Center for Applied Behavior Systems (CABS) is a center for intervention research located in the Psychology Department at Virginia Tech. The Center was founded by Dr. E. Scott Geller in 1987. In addition to Dr. Geller, the Center boasts five graduate students, two coordinators, and over ninety undergraduate research assistants. Part of our mission is to help undergraduate and graduate students learn how to conduct research that combines the technology of applied behavior analysis with theories from experimental, social, and applied psychology. Our research not only provides opportunities for real-world, hands-on experience for our students, but it also works toward an improved quality of life in the community.

Objectives

  • Help students, undergraduate and graduate, learn how to conduct research that combines the technology of applied behavior analysis with theories from experimental, social, and applied psychology.
  • Give students real-world, hands-on research experience, from designing methodology and data analysis strategies to documenting findings in professional publications.
  • Teach community-based research and intervention techniques and approaches.
  • Give students the opportunity to participate in leading edge professional activities.
  • Improve quality of life in the community.
  • Teach and demonstrate the value of "actively caring."