New Public Policy Research Partnership with Seton Hall Announced

May 08, 2019

The Behavioral Practices in Clinical and School-Based Settings Research Lab run by Brian Conners, Ed.S., BCBA, a Faculty Associate in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and special education programs in the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University has partnered with Autism New Jersey to research public policy issues impacting individuals with autism and their families throughout the state of New Jersey.

“Partnering with Autism New Jersey will give undergraduate and graduate students studying special education and ABA who volunteer as research assistants in the lab a unique opportunity to gain experience in conducting public policy research. This partnership will give students the chance to perform research that will aid in data-based decision-making to influence public policy and advocacy efforts that may positively impact the autism community in the state. Our goal for the partnership is to help provide research support to Autism New Jersey each year based upon their public policy agenda for legislative efforts on autism-related issues,” said Brian Conners, Ed.S., BCBA.

“Autism New Jersey’s public policy work is based on individuals’ and families’ needs and involves collaboration, analysis, and strategy,” said Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director of Autism New Jersey. “We’re excited about this innovative partnership with Seton Hall University that will provide us with additional data to inform our public policy initiatives and evaluate the impact that policy decisions have on the autism community.”

“We are happy to partner with Autism New Jersey in research and public policy projects that will benefit and support individuals with autism and their families. Our collaborative work will also inform school teachers, administrators, behavior analysts, and other professionals who work every day to ensure an equitable education for individuals with autism. This partnership is an exemplar of our college’s servant leadership mission. It will provide opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research and impactful practice in the service of others,” stated Dr. Maureen Gillette, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University.

To learn more about the Behavioral Practices in Clinical and School-Based Settings Research Lab please visit: https://www.shu.edu/educational-studies/researchlab.cfm