Makenzie Bayles

Education

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

Courses Offered

  • PSY 362 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 364 Behavior-Change Procedures in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 528 Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • PSY 538 Ethics and Professional Development
  • PSY 544 Behavior Analysis in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • 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 

Dr. Bayles is an associate researcher 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 is an active member of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis (ALABA), the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA). 


Representative Publications

Senn, L. P., Bayles, M. W., &  Bruzek, J. L. (accepted as publication). An evaluation of praise as a reinforcer for preschoolers’ behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Zonneveld, K. L. M., Neidert, P. L., Dozier, C. L., Gureghian, D. L., & Bayles, M. W. (2018). Assessing factors that influence young children’s food choices. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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., Ford, M., & Bruzek, J. L. (2018, May). Using reinforcer assessments for validating preference assessment results and increasing engagement in adults with dementia. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, CA. 

Ford, M., Bayles, M. W., Bruzek, J. L., Gaines, S. P., & Knight, A. (2016, October; 2017, May) An evaluation of preference assessment procedures for older adults with dementia. Poster presented at the meeting of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis, Birmingham, AL. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL. 

Gaines, S. P., Bruzek, J. L., Bayles, M. W., Ford, M., Panchuk, J. Knight, A., & Miles, A. (2017, May). Descriptive analysis with adults diagnosed with dementia in a memory care unit. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO.

Posey, S., Bruzek, J. L., Bayles, M. W., & Ford, M. (2016, October) Use of A descriptive assessment methodology to identify contingencies for appropriate and inappropriate behavior in an assisted-living facility. Poster presented at the meeting of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis, Birmingham, AL.

Senn, L. P., Bayles, M. W., Bruzek, J. L., Riley, A. (2015, October; 2016, May). An Evaluation of praise as a reinforcer for the behavior of young children. Poster presented at the meeting of the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis, Birmingham, AL. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX. 

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 acquisition 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.

Makenzie Bayles

Associate Professor, Psychology
205 Ayers Hall
Office phone: (256) 782- 5809
Fax: (256) 782-5637 
mbayles@jsu.edu