Master's Program

In an effort to build career paths for our talented therapists and to meet the ever-growing need for ABA services, Project HOPE Foundation is collaborating with Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) to offer a Master of Arts program to prepare participants to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Florida Institute of Technology has built a worldwide reputation for its Behavior Analysis programs, offering degree and professional development programs since 1998. This Master of Arts program combines the ABA Online Professional Development Program with a 1-year in-residence component at Project HOPE Foundation. As part of this program, Dr. Adam Brewer, a full-time Florida Tech faculty member is overseeing students on-site at the Hope Reach Clinic.

Terms begin: January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15.

Part 1 of the program covers ABA online requirements and generally takes 12-18 months to complete:

  • ABA Online BCBA Course Sequence: 18 credits
  • ABA Online Professional Curriculum: 6 credits

Part 2 of the program covers the in-residence requirements and generally takes 12 months to complete:

  • In- Residence Professional ABA Curriculum: 9 credits
  • In-Residence Professional ABA Practicum: 9 credits
  • Capstone Project: 3 credits
  • Guided Review & Final Program Examination

ADAM BREWER, BCBA-D

Assistant Professor of Behavior Analysis
Site Director at Project Hope Foundation in Greenville, SC
Professional M.A. Program in Behavior Analysis

PhD – Behavioral Psychology, University of Kansas, 2012
MA – Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas, 2009
BA – Psychology, West Virginia University, 2005

Dr. Brewer came to Florida Institute of Technology from Texas Tech University where he completed a post-doctoral experience at the Burkhart Center for Autism and also served as a visiting assistant professor of special education and applied behavior analysis. During his graduate work at the University of Kansas, he conducted translational research using both animal models and humans with intellectual disabilities and autism to better understand/treat the effects of aversive transitions on maladaptive behavior such as self-injury. During his postdoc at the Burkhart Center for Autism, he pursued translational research with individuals with autism on such topics as response persistence, and “insistence on sameness,” and also collaborated on several neuroimaging studies examining the neural correlates of reinforcement processes in autism and decision-making in typically-developing individuals. During his postdoc, he also developed clinical skills in autism, where he worked in an early intensive behavioral intervention classroom and taught social skills to adolescents. His current research interests are the assessment and treatment of transition-related problem behavior and fears/phobias. He is also intersted in the behavioral economics of impulsive and risky decision-making. He is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level. He supervises and collaborates on clinical research with his graduate students. Recently, one of his former students that he co-supervised with Dr. Yanerys Leon was awarded the B. F. Skinner Research Grant Award for synthesizing research on basic reinforcement schedules and performance pay in organizational behavior management. In addition, another student published her capstone project on treatment of a dog phobia in children with autism. Another published student capstone project examined the effects of advance notice on problem behavior occasioned by interruptions (identified via a trial-based functional analysis in a home setting). Recently, a graduate student that he co-supervised wtih Dr. Corina Jimenez-Gomez (The Scott Center for Autism Treatment) won the outstanding graduate student award!

Educational Background

Bachelor's in Psychology from West Virginia University
Master's and Doctorate in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas
Postdoc at Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University

Recognition & Awards

B. F. Skinner Research Award: Evaluation of stimulus delivery arrangements on staff performance in a simulated work setting (Co-PI)
Nominated for Faculty Excellence Award in Research
Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral