Faculty: Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis

Faculty: Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis
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James Hawkins


James A. Hawkins, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the M.Ed. in Foundations in Behavior Analysis Distance Learning Program. Prior to coming to UC, he worked as a school psychologist in public school settings for ten years. In this role, he worked to develop and implement behavioral interventions to support the needs of students, including those with disabilities. Dr. Hawkins earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2004. He has conducted and published research evaluating the effectiveness of various individual and class wide academic and behavioral interventions. Dr. Hawkins also worked at the University of Tennessee in the Office of Disability Services and for 21st Century Program at the University of Michigan.




Dacia M. McCoy, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor- Educator in the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Cincinnati. She has a background in education and school psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). She has peer-reviewed publications and presented at international, national, and regional conferences on evidenced-based interventions to support students, educators, and caregivers. She is also active in professional organizations including the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Ohio Association for Behavior Analysis. Additionally, Dr. McCoy is dedicated to implementing and disseminating best-practices in high-quality course delivery with a focus on online learning environments.




Neil Deochand Assistant Professor Educator

Dr. Neil Deochand is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches applied behavior analysis courses in the Master’s online distance program. Prior to receiving his doctorate in Psychology from Western Michigan University, he was a Senior Behavior Analyst supervising 11 counties in Florida’s SunCoast region. He has published on a variety of topics including; quality assurance of behavioral graphing practices, behavioral health, ethical decision making tools, and design considerations for treatment centers. In addition to being a reviewer for behavioral journals, he has received grant funding to prototype devices that intuitively deliver music based feedback to improve exercise. His research focuses on integrating behavioral technology in our devices, regardless of whether they are for physical activity, or encouraging ethical decision making to support the professional practice of behavior analysis.