What is a BCBA?
A BCBA is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. BCBAs are experts in the analysis of human behaviour and have advanced skills in behaviour change science. They can work with a range of populations, but usually undertake specialist training to work with one specific group. When a behaviour analyst specialises in work with older adults, they’re referred to as a behavioural gerontologist.
To become a BCBA, a clinician needs to possess a masters degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis (there are only five verified course sequences to meet this criteria in the UK). Then they must complete 2000 supervised hours of clinical practice overseen by an experienced BCBA, followed by passing the BCBA exam. To become a BCBA-D, they must also have a PhD in behaviour analysis. In the UK there are over 400 BCBAs actively practicing with a range of populations such as children with autism, people with learning disabilities, in sports and healthcare and with older adults. Across the world there are over 44,000 BCBAs.
Once a clinician has passed the BCBA exam, they are certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and featured on the BACB registry. To remain certified, they need to complete a cycle of continuing education every two years and their practice must adhere to the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code.
Both of our directors are BCBAs (Dr Lucock is a BCBA-D) and appear on the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis's voluntary register. The register is searchable so consumers can verify the identity of clinicians, their qualifications, their DBS certificate, and their professional indemnity insurance.