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Makenzie Bayles


B.S. Jacksonville State University (Psychology), 2007
M.S. Jacksonville State University (Psychology), 2009
Ph.D., University of Kansas (Behavioral Psychology), 2013
Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Courses Offered

PSY 222 Human Development
PSY 362 Introduction to Functional Assessment
PSY 405 Behavior Modification II

PSY 480/481 Community Practicum
PSY 485/486 Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum
PSY 579/580/581 Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum

Research Interests

Dr. Bayles is particularly interested in applied behavior analysis, early childhood development, and education.  More specifically, she is interested in behavior analytic strategies for facilitating development and enhancing early childhood education, the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, generalized conditioned reinforcement, clinical research, and various other applications of behavior analysis based on population needs and student interest.  

Service and Professional Interests 

As a graduate student at the University of Kansas, Dr. Bayles taught behavior analysis to a variety of groups, including middle school students, parents, caregivers, and various professionals.  More specifically, she was fortunate to work with the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, a state-approved training program for individuals providing services to children with autism spectrum disorders.  Her work at the Center largely involved teaching local professionals how to conduct functional analyses of children's problem behavior.  Dr. Bayles also worked as a behavioral consultant for Beatrice State Developmental Center, a large state-run program that provides an array of services individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Nebraska.  Furthermore, Dr. Bayles served as a site participant for the Duke University Talent Identification Program.  This opportunity allowed her to reach out to middle school students about the field of behavior and its potential applications to an array of social problems.  She hopes to continue providing similar services here at JSU.

Representative Publications

Neidert, P. L., Rooker, G. W., Bayles, M., & Miller, J. (2013). Functional analysis of problem behavior. In D. D. Reed, F. D. Digennaro Reed, & J. K. Luiselli (Eds.), Handbook of crisis intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities (pp. 147-168). New York: Springer.

Bayles, M. W., Boutain, A. R., Ackerlund-Brandt, J. A., Call, N., Dracobly, J. D., Greer, B. D.,...Morris, E. K. (2012). On Critchfield's proposal: Student concerns and recommendations. The Behavior Analyst, 35, 127-131.

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