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Our lab is generally interested in improving behavior of societal importance by applying behavioral principles and evaluating their influence through rigorous experimental methodology. Specifically, our lab is currently working on projects related to (a) improving the safety, efficiency, and validity of functional behavior assessment methods, (b) determining the variables that promote durable treatment outcomes and prevent relapse of challenging behavior, and (c) developing effective training strategies for efficiently teaching caregivers and professionals to implement behavioral interventions with high procedural integrity.

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Improving Functional Behavior Assessment Methodology

Sunde, E., Briggs, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (2022). Reliability and validity of using structured visual-inspection criteria to interpret latency-based functional analysis outcomes. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.926

Greer, B.D., Mitteer, D. R., Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., & Sodawasser, A. J. (2020). On the necessity of synthesized contingency analysis for determining behavioral function and the utility of the assessments informing synthesis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(1), 82-101. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.601

Phillips, L. A., Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., & Greer, B. D. (2018). Assessing and treating elopement in a school setting. Teaching Exceptional Children, 50(6), 333-342. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059918770663

Dracobly, J. D., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M.,& Juanico, J. F. (2018). Reliability and validity of indirect assessment outcomes: Experts versus caregivers. Learning and Motivation, 62, 77-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lmot.2017.02.007


Promoting Durable Treatment Outcomes and Preventing Relapse of Challenging Behavior

Peterson, A., Pachis, J., Rinna, K., & Briggs, A. M (in press). Tangible reinforcers: Conceptual overview and considerations for practice. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Applied Behavior Analysis: A Comprehensive Handbook.

Briggs, A. M., Mitteer, D. R., Bergmann, S., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Reinforcer thinning: General approaches and considerations for maintaining skills and mitigating relapse. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Applied Behavior Analysis: A Comprehensive Handbook.

Kimball, R. T., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Briggs, A. M. (2020). Investigations of operant ABA renewal during differential reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113(1), 187-205. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.577

Briggs, A. M., Dozier, C. L., Lessor, A. N., Kamana, B. U., & Jess, R. (2019). Further investigation of DRA without extinction for escape-maintained problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52(4), 956-973. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.648

Mitteer, D. M., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., Greer, B. D., & Hardee, A. M. (2019). An evaluation of an omnibus functional communication response in the treatment of multiply controlled destructive behavior. Behavioral Development, 24(2), 74-88. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bdb0000088

Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., Lichtblau, K. L., Phillips, L. A., & Mitteer, D. R., (2019). Using schedule-correlated stimuli during functional communication training to promote the rapid transfer of treatment effects. Behavioral Development, 24(2), 100-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bdb0000085

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., & Wacker, D. P. (2018). A laboratory model for evaluating relapse of undesirable caregiver behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 110(2), 252-266. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.462

Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Kimball, R. T. (2018). Prevalence of resurgence of destructive behavior when thinning reinforcement schedules during functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51(3), 620-633. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.472

Briggs, A. M., Akers, J. S., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Retzlaff, B. J. (2018). Systematic changes in preference for schedule-thinning arrangements as a function of relative reinforcement density. Behavior Modification, 42(4), 472-497. https://doi.org/10.1177/0145445517742883

Developing Effective Training Strategies

Franks, S. B., Mata, F. C., Wofford, E., Briggs, A. M., LeBlanc, L. A., Carr, J. E., & Lazarte, A. A. (2013). The effects of behavioral parent training on placement outcomes of biological families in a state child welfare system. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(4), 377-382. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731513492006

Training Scholarly and Professional Repertoires

Briggs, A. M. & Mitteer, D. R. (2021). Updated strategies for making regular contact with the scholarly literature. Behavior Analysis in Practice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-021-00590-8

Briggs, A. M., & Greer, B. D. (2021). Intensive Behavioral Intervention Units. In A. Maragakis, C. Drossel, & T. J. Waltz (Eds.), Applications of Behavior Analysis to Healthcare and Beyond.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Briggs, A. M. (2020). Further evaluation of teaching behavior technicians to input data and graph using GraphPad Prism. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 20(2), 81–93. https://doi.org/10.1037/bar0000172

Carr, J. E., & Briggs, A. M. (2011). A resource on behavioral terminology: An annotated bibliography of “On Terms” articles in the behavior analyst. The Behavior Analyst, 34(1), 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03392237

Carr, J. E., & Briggs, A. M. (2010). Strategies for making regular contact with the scholarly literature. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 3(2), 13-18. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03391760


Other Research Endeavors

Harper Briggs, A. M., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Ackerlund Brandt, J. A. (2021). The effects of different types of attention on responding in young children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.814

Dracobly, J. D., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Juanico, J. F. (2017). An evaluation of procedures that affect response variability. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(3), 600-621. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.392

Payne, S. W., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Newquist, M. H. (2017). An analysis of group-oriented contingencies and associated side effects. Journal of Behavioral Education, 26(1), 27-52. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10864-016-9255-2