Main campus Office: Math/Psychology 332
Main Campus Phone: 410.455.2525
Lab Location: Sondheim 511A
Ph.D. – University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl -2011
Major: Psychology, emphasis in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Areas of Study:
My research focuses on factors that impact learning among children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the impact of delayed consequences. Specifically, our lab examines applications of behavior analysis in both one-on-one and classroom educational contexts, with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, our lab examines the effects of delayed consequences on learning, and factors associated with behavioral measures of self-control.
PSY 210: Learning
PSYC 601: Behavior Analysis in the Schools
PSYC 616: Measurement in Applied Behavior Analysis: Observation and Assessment
Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:
YES: Accepting new ADP graduate students for Fall 2018.
Students will have the opportunity to collect data and conduct assessments and interventions at the Shafer Center, a private school for children diagnosed with autism, and on campus, through collaboration with the SUCCESS program. Students also will have the opportunity to work on projects designed to examine factors that correlate with behavioral measures of choice. Interventions consist of behavior analysis applications designed to produce skill acquisition and promote independence among both children and adults diagnosed with various intellectual and developmental disabilities. Graduate students will also have the opportunity to supervise and train undergraduate students on these projects, and become involved in the data analysis and writing components of the projects.
Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:
Students will have the opportunity to collect data and conduct assessments and interventions at the Shafer Center, a private school for children diagnosed with autism, and on campus, through collaboration with the SUCCESS program. Students also will have the opportunity to work on projects designed to examine factors that correlate with behavioral measures of choice. Advanced students may work on similar projects as part of a supervised independent research project, or Honor’s thesis.
Graduate Program Affiliation(s):
Human Services Psychology
Applied Developmental Psychology
Vessels, J., Sy, J. R., Wilson, A., & Green, L. (accepted). Effects of delay fading and signals on self-control choices by children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Weyman, J., & Sy, J. S. (accepted). Effects of neutral- and high-quality praise on the rate of skill acquisition among individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Sy, J. R., Gratz, O., & Donaldson, J. M. (2016). The Good Behavior Game with Students in Alternative Educational Environments: Interactions Between Reinforcement Criteria and Scoring Accuracy. Journal of Behavioral Education, 25, 455-477.
Sy, J. R., Green, L., Gratz, O., & Ervin, T. (2016). An evaluation of the effects of a mild delayed verbal punisher on choice of an immediate reinforcer by children with autism. Behavior Modification, 40, 713-730.
Sy, J. R., & Vollmer, T. R. (2012). Discrimination acquisition in children with developmental disabilities under immediate and delayed reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 667-684.