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BABAT Conference 2023 

Dr. Byrne accompanied two MCLA Psychology majors, Ellie Walter-Goodspeed and Ryan Taylor to the Massachusetts Professionals in Behavior Analysis (BABAT) conference, October 11-13, 2023 at the DCU Center, Worcester in MA.  

Our theme this year is IGNITE! We want you to walk into our conference and immediately feel the positive energy and excitement. We’ve invited thought leaders from around the country and local names that you will be sure to recognize. Attend our specialty workshops, participate in the open BABAT Board meeting, explore the exhibit hall, and leave feeling refreshed, recharged, and re-energized. Spark your growth and IGNITE your true potential at BABAT 2023.

About BABAT:
Massachusetts Professionals in Behavior Analysis (BABAT) is an affiliated chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.

Formed in 1979, BABAT is perhaps best known for the annual conferences it has hosted for over 40 years. This conference is for professionals, teachers, students, and persons interested in the areas of behavior analysis, autism, developmental disabilities, ethics, behavioral medicine, staff development, and more.

BABAT is more than an organization that hosts an annual conference, however. We also serve as a resource for behavior analysts and those interested in behavior analysis in MA and the larger New England region. 

As a Psychology major, you are encouraged to:

  • Expand on classroom experience by conducting, writing about, and presenting research under faculty direction.
  • Apply your knowledge through our extensive internships and other activities related to the field. See recent internship placements.

Why MCLA is Different

Working with faculty members who are published scholars, you have opportunities to co-author professional articles and give presentations at regional and national psychology meetings. You are encouraged to participate in MCLA's annual undergraduate research conference and to join the student-run Psychology Club, which sponsors field trips, activities, and presentations. In addition, you can join other students who have received recognition and funding from the national Psi Chi organization. The MCLA chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology was installed in December 2002 under the leadership of Dr. Peggy Brooks.

Through a cooperative program with the New England Center for Children, a premier treatment and research center for autism spectrum disorders, you can spend a semester working directly with children under the close supervision of Center personnel. Our Behavior Analysis minor satisfies the coursework required for certification as a board certified associate behavior analyst.

Learn about Psychology's internships, graduate school opportunities, and careers.


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For more information contact Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Ruby Vega.

Psychology Degree

 Details on course requirements for these academic programs can be found by following the links below.

B.A., Major
B.A., Concentration in Behavior Analysis


Psychology in the News

2021 Grant winner, Sara Peck
2021 Grant Winner, Sara Peck

Sara Peck earned her BA in psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), where she was a research assistant to Dr. Tom Byrne. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Utah State University. 

Maria Bartini

If you were to read a popular press book about the state of youth sports, you would think the situation needed immediate attention. According to some recent tomes, youth sports are in a crisis and parents are partly to blame. Their rude, aggressive, and overbearing antics are allegedly making the sports field a dangerous place for kids to be and the fear is that this might stop other parents and children from signing up to play.

Miesha Adams

This spring, Miesha Adams ’18 will take her degrees in psychology and sociology and head south to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in Teach for America (TFA), where she will teach middle school math and science for two years. “MCLA allowed me to take advantage of every opportunity that pushed me toward my goals.”

Bently Munsell

After he completed double majors in biology and psychology at MCLA, Bentley Munsell ’15 headed to UMASS-Amherst to attend a 17-month, accelerated program to earn his nursing degree. His experiences at MCLA equipped him for success, both in nursing school and as an emergency department nurse.