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
PSY 362 Introduction to Functional Assessment
PSY 364 Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change
PSY 528 Applied Behavior Analysis I
PSY 480/481 Community Practicum
PSY 485/486 Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum
PSY 579/580/581 Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum
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
Dr. Bayles is an associate research with the Center for Behavioral Studies (CBS), the mission of which is to support faculty research addressing issues of global importance, while concurrently training JSU students and providing the community with applied behavior analysis services for individuals with special needs. Dr. Bayles provides supervised experience through CBS for students wishing to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs). For more information please contact Dr. Bayles.
Dr. Bayles has worked 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. Dr. Bayles would like to continue to provide consultation services to local communities.
Dr. Bayles is an active member of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analaysis (ALABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
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.
Recent Representative Presentations
Bayles, M. W., Neidert, P. L., Zonneveld, K. L. M. (2013, May) A component analysis of attention as a reinforcer for the behavior of young children. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Minneapolis, MN.
Harrison, K. L., Zonneveld, K. L. M., Neidert, P. L., Gureghian, D. L., & Bayles, M. W. (2013, May) In vivo desensitivation and reinforcement to facilitate aacquisition and generalization of compliance with essential-routine procedures. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Minneapolis, MN.
Zonneveld, K. L. M., Neidert, P. L., & Bayles, M. W. (2013, May) Assessing dimensions of food reinforcers in children. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Minneapolis, MN.
Bayles, M. W., Neidert, P. L. (2012, September). Assessment and treatment of feeding problems in early intervention classrooms. Paper presented at a professional seminar at the University of Kansas.
Bayles, M. W., Neidert, P. L., & Zonneveld, K. L. M. (2012, May). The use of attention as a reinforcer with young children. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Applied Behavior Analysis International, Seattle, WA.
Bayles, M. W., McKerchar, P. (2009, October; 2010, May). A comparison of general and descriptive praise with preschoolers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, Davenport, IA. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Applied Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX.