Behavior Analysis Program Research and Internship Opportunities


There are multiple internship and research opportunities through the Behavior Analysis Program at Savannah State University. These opportunities are open to any SSU student that is majoring in behavior analysis.

There are two main types of opportunities. In some cases, students will work in a community agency (e.g., with children with autism) and meet regularly with their advisor who provides guidance and oversight. In the second option, students are conducting research either on campus or in the community, meet weekly with their advisor and other students, and go through the process of developing and implementing a research project.

To participate in an internship or research, students need to speak with the faculty they are interested in working with, who will sign them up for the course. Internships or research projects will last 1 to 2 semesters and the length will be determined based on the position and the faculty member.

Specific Opportunities

Dr. Katherine Stewart

Dr. Carlos Aparicio

The laboratory in Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience offers the unique opportunity to do an internship with rodents for one or two consecutive semesters. The research program is looking for the contribution of the dopaminergic system in choice behavior, impulsiveness, self-control, and drug addictions. Currently, the laboratory is developing animal models of schizophrenia and Parkinson disease. Students will learn the necessary and sufficient skills to conduct basic research using automatic equipment and scientific instruments controlled by computers. In addition, the laboratory offers an interdisciplinary approach where students will have the opportunity to participate in seminars and scientific meetings presenting research reports (Posters and Power Points). 

Dr. Sharlet Rafacz

Internship and research opportunities with Dr. Rafacz usually include applied projects addressing behavioral issues in organizations and the community. Students will review the research literature on a particular topic, propose a project, and then implement the proposed project. Topic areas include productivity or other issues in businesses or community agencies, nutrition and exercise related to obesity, green behavior (e.g., littering, recycling, energy conservation), and evaluating behavior change in schools, including school-wide positive behavior support. Current projects for 2011/2012 include increasing healthy food choices for students at SSU as well as students at a local elementary school, improving energy conservation in an apartment complex, and addressing middle and high school student behavior on school buses and in the classroom.