Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Behavioral Analysis

First Advisor

David A. Wilder

Second Advisor

Vida L. Tyc

Third Advisor

Kimberly N. Sloman

Fourth Advisor

Elbert Blakely


A common focus within behavior analytic clinical practice is to incorporate training with caregivers to promote successful transition of clinical services. In the pediatric feeding literature, for example, training caregivers to ensure maintenance and generalization of the intervention is expected. However, training staff members to provide specific behavioral interventions has received less attention. The current study systematically implemented three levels of training to evaluate the level of intensity required to train behavior analytic staff (i.e., behavior technicians, Registered Behavior Technicians®, and Board-Certified Behavior Analysts®) to implement a feeding protocol with a role play partner. Only one participant met the mastery criteria following the first training phase, which included written instructions and video modeling. Following seventy-two hours of exposure to the instructional materials, participants were provided an opportunity to ask clarifying questions on the procedure (second training phase). Only one participant met mastery in this phase. Four other participants required in-vivo feedback and modeling (third training phase) to master the protocol. Clinical implications and future research directions are discussed.