Stephen Walker, PhD, BCBA-D

Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker, PhD, BCBA-D
Assistant Professor & Applied Behavior Analysis Program Director    

Office: Orchard Center 316
Phone: 630-947-8939
Fax: 630-844-6854
Email: swalker@aurora.edu

Teaching has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. My teaching philosophy centers on a behavioral approach to instruction and learning. First, I arrange contingencies that increase the likelihood that the students will continuously contact the assigned material. I have accomplished this by arranging frequent assessments related to the readings and lecture material. Second, I provide clear learning objectives for each instructional unit. I believe that there should be no “surprises” when it comes to evaluating my students understanding of the assigned material. Third, when possible, I arrange group activities that allow students to demonstrate the procedures discussed in the readings and lectures. Finally, I provide students opportunities throughout the semester to share anonymous feedback regarding my teaching style and class structure.

Education
PhD, University of Florida, Psychology—Behavior Analysis Specialization
MS, University of North Texas, Behavior Analysis
BS, University of North Texas, Behavior Analysis & Gerontology

Areas of Specialization
Applied Behavior Analysis
Assessment and Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders
Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities
School Consultation: Students Diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, and Emotional Behavior Disorders

Courses Taught
Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
Behavioral Assessment
Theory and Philosophy
Professional and Ethical Issues

 

Highlights of Publications

Vollmer, T.R., Reyes, J., & Walker, S.F. (2011).  Behavioral assessment and Intervention for sex offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In J. Luiselli (Ed), The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors:  Assessment and Intervention.  Paul H. Brookes.

Walker, S. F., Vollmer, T. R., & Joslyn, P. R. (In Press). Evaluation of differential suppression of arousal for sex offenders with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Zawoyski, A., Bosch, A., Vollmer, T. R., & Walker, S. F. (under review). Evaluating the effects of matched and unmatched stimuli on nail biting in typically developing children. Behavior Modification.

 

 

Highlights of Presentations

Walker, S. F., Vollmer, T. R., & Joslyn, P. R. (2011). The role of age and gender: An extension of penile plythesmograph based arousal assessments for sex offenders with intellectual disabilities. Poster Presentation. 37th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Denver, Colorado.

Walker, S. F., Vollmer, T. R., & Joslyn, P. R. (2011). Evaluation of differential suppression of arousal for sex offenders with intellectual disabilities. 31stannual meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Daytona Beach, Florida.

Walker, S. F., Vollmer, T. R., & Joslyn, P. R. (2012). Further assessment of deviant sexual arousal of sex offenders diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. 38th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Seattle, Washington.

Walker, S. F., Vollmer, T. R., Whitehouse, C. M., & Joslyn, P. R. (2012). Treatment of high-risk covert behavior in sex offenders with intellectual disabilities. 38th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Seattle, Washington.

Walker, S. F., Vollmer, T. R., Ong, T., & Joslyn, P. R. (2013). Influence of features other than age and gender on paired stimulus preference assessments of sexual interest. 39th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peters, K., Vollmer, T.R., Traub, M., Donaldson, J., & Walker, S.F. (2013). Assessment of academic task engagement. 33rd annual meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Daytona Beach, Florida.

Joslyn, P.R., Dickens, N., Walker, S.F., & Vollmer, T.R. (2013). Using momentary time sampling to evaluate staff-resident interaction. 33rd annual meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Daytona Beach, Florida.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Graduate Leadership Team, 2013-Present