Joseph Dracobly received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Italian Studies from Gonzaga University in 2005. In 2009, he received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas under the supervision of Dr. Richard Smith. In 2014, his received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas under the supervision of Dr. Claudia Dozier. After graduating from the University of Kansas, from 2014-2018, he was an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Eastern Connecticut State University.
In August 2018, Joseph joined the faculty in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas as an Assistant Professor. He is currently a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analysis in the state of Texas. Along with Dr. Richard Smith, Joseph supervises a clinical and research project at the Denton State Supported Living Center. At this project, graduate students have the opportunity to acquire behavior analytic skills related to clinical service delivery as a unit behavior analyst, serve as part of interdisciplinary team, conduct pre-service, new employee training, and conduct intensive clinical intervention as part of a research lab specializing in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior.
This fall, Dr. Dracobly also started the Creativity and Problem Solving lab. Dr. Dracobly has also served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, the Psychological Record, and the European Journal of Behavior Analysis.
B.A. Gonzaga University (2005)
Major: Psychology and Italian Studies
Advisor: Sam Leigland, Ph.D.
M.S. University of North Texas (2009)
Advisor: Richard G. Smith, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Thesis: Progressing from Identification and Functional Analysis of Precursor Behavior to Treatment of Self-Injury Ph.D. University of Kansas (2014) Behavioral Psychology
Advisor: Claudia L. Dozier, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dissertation: An Evaluation of Variables that Affect Response Variabil
Primary Research Interests:
As part of the Behavior Analysis Resource Center, Dr. Dracobly's research interests include the development of robust and clinician-friendly assessment and treatment procedures for severe behavior disorders, relations among responses, including precursor relations and response-class hierarchies, parameters of resurgence, and linking assessment and treatment to both immediate- and long-term goals. As part of the Creativity and Problem Solving lab, Dr. Dracobly's research interests include advances in reinforcement-based procedures for altering response variability, the relation between response variability and novelty, and the role of recombination and generativity in developing problem-solving repertoires.