Jennifer Bruzek


B.A. Temple University, 1998
M.Ed. Temple University, 2001
Ph.D. University of Kansas (Behavioral Psychology), 2007
Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Courses Offered

PSY 201 Principles of Psychology

PSY 222 Human Development

PSY 530 Single-Subject Research Methods

Research Interests

Dr. Bruzek's broad research aim is to better understand socially relevant behavior-environment relations. In part, her research has focused on the development of treatments for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities who were not responsive to more common treatments. Additionally, her research has focused on understanding the contexts under which human behavior reemerges after an extended absence (e.g., relapse). The aim is to better comprehend the relationship between infants and their caregivers; specifically, the assessment and prevention of caregiver behaviors related to child abuse (e.g., shaken baby syndrome).  

Service and Professional Interests 

Dr. Bruzek has been a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International since 1999. She has also participated in and coordinated local, national (e.g., Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis), and international (e.g., European Analysis of Behavior Group) conferences. Additionally, she currently serves as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Representative Publications

Thompson, R. H., Bruzek, J. L., & Cotnoir-Bichelman, N. M. (2011). The role of negative reinforcement in infant caregiving: An experimental simulation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 295-304.

Bruzek, J. L., Thompson, R. H., & Peters, L. C. (2009). Resurgence of infant caregiving responses. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 92, 327-343.

Tiger, J. H., Hanley, G. P., & Bruzek, J. L. (2008). Functional communication training: A review and practical guide. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1, 16-23.

Bruzek, J. L., & Thompson, R. H. (2007). Antecedent effects of observing peer play. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 327-331.

Dr. Bruzek

Assistant Professor, Psychology
215 Ayers Hall
Office phone: (256) 782-8125
Fax: (256) 782-5637