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Applied Behavior Analysis Lab

ASU Applied Behavior Analysis Lab 2017-18

Research Areas:

  • Language Assessment and Development (Generativity)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • PEAK Relational Training System
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
  • Functional Assessment
  • Functional Analysis Technologies
  • Organizational Behavior Management (OBM)
  • Behavioral Skills Training (BST)
  • School-Based Interventions

Join the Lab: 

if you are interested in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Adam D. Hahs at adhahs@asu.edu and/or Dr. Don Stenhoff at dstenhoff@asu.edu.

Lab Mission:

Our mission is to obtain a better understanding of basic behavioral processes as they relate (a) to more complex human behavior; (b) to an understanding of these complex processes as they relate to a more densely reinforcing environment; and (c) to applied settings in which these analytic implications may serve to improve the lives of those we serve.

Lab Directors:

Adam Hahs
Adam Hahs

Dr. Adam D. Hahs is Director of the MS ABA Program in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University and is currently the President of the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis (AZABA). He earned a PhD from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where his research foci were language generativity, complex human behavior, and clinical behavior analysis with individuals with autism, traumatic brain injuries, and addiction. Dr. Hahs teaches courses in applied behavior analysis and advanced research methods. His research interests include language assessment and development, the PEAK Relational Training System, Relational Frame Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Hahs has dedicated over 10 years to supporting and training others in a variety of settings via behavior analytic methods, and he views behavior analysis as science capable of facilitating widespread, societal change.

Donald Stenhoff

Donald Stenhoff, ASU MSABA program Dr. Don Stenhoff is an assistant clinical professor in psychology and is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has over 20 years experience working with individuals with and without disabilities. Prior to joining Arizona State University, he was the Director of The BISTÅ Center and the Director of Behavioral Services at ACCEL. He has been an assistant professor at University of Kentucky teaching courses in applied behavior analysis. Dr. Stenhoff was a special education teacher, and a school and family consultant. He teaches courses on applied behavior analysis, organizational behavior management, functional assessment, and experimental analysis of behavior. Dr. Stenhoff’s research interests include functional assessment, functional analysis, evidence-based practices, classroom management, organizational behavior management, behavioral skills training, effective teaching principles, and issues related to disability. 


Current Lab Members:

 ASU student Christine Herrera, MS ABA Christine Herrera:  Christine is a second year student in the MS ABA program. She has participated in research on behavioral skills training (BST) and functional analyses for various problem behavior. She is interested in staff training and skill acquisition programs focused on the teen and adult populations. She will be presenting in a symposium at the Applied Behavioral Analysis International Convention this May on BST research.

Jim JarynowskiJim Jarynowski: Jim is a second-year student in the MS ABA program interested in novel clinical applications of Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He has experience working in early intervention for individuals with ASD as well as the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors. Jim will be presenting in a symposium on improving PEAK treatment integrity using BST at the 44th Annual ABAI Convention this May.. 

Mario Lanuza Mario Lanuza: Mario is interested in research related to problem behavior, substance abuse, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. He is currently working on research related to differential reinforcement & tolerance. 

Madison Lindermann, ASU Psychology MSABA studentMadison Lindemann:  Madison has a passion for working in early intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Her practice and research interests include: Pivotal Response Training (PRT), verbal behavior, play-based therapies, stereotypic behavior and collaboration among families and professionals, particularly in the areas of cultural diversity.

Alison Parker Alison Parker: Alison is interested in early intensive behavioral intervention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), empathy, and applying ABA to adults with disabilities.

 Shravya SanagalaShravya Sanagala: Shravya interests within the field of ABA include early intervention, behavioral pharmacology & neuroscience, and relational frame theory. I hope to earn my doctorate in ABA but currently am working with teens diagnosed with ASD. 


ASU student, Liz Singer, MS ABA Lab Liz Singer: Liz has a passion for learning and teaching. She has worked in five different schools with elementary-aged children, both in general education and special education. Her main interests are in behavioral assessment, social skills development, and staff training. Her current research areas involve Behavioral Skills Training, facilitating tolerance to failure, and functional behavior assessment. Liz plans to pursue her doctoral degree in applied behavior analysis after graduation.


Zoey Watts, ASU Psychology Zoey Watts: My interests within the field of ABA include early intervention, OBM, and health and fitness. I would love to end up in a career where I can help people lead healthier lives. As of now, my primary research interest is skill acquisition for young learners.


Zhihui Yi ASU Psychology  Zhihui Yi: Mr. Yi is currently enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis program in the Department of Psychology. With a B.S. in Psychology, his interests include substance abuse, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), organizational behavior management, and direct implementation with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Past Lab Members

Class of 2017

  • Sabrina Norwood
  • Andrea Geissler
  • Charlotte Katheder
  • Erin Bradley
  • Ashli Daley
  • Katelin Hobson