Dr. Briggs received his early training in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University (B.S., 2007) and, more specifically, in applied behavior analysis and developmental disabilities at Auburn University (M.S., 2009) with Drs. Jim Carr and Linda LeBlanc. Dr. Briggs earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Claudia Dozier (2016). His dissertation evaluated the effects of differential reinforcement of alternative behavior (DRA) without the use of extinction for treating dangerous instances of severe destructive behavior. This project received several accolades, including the 2017 APA Division 25 SEAB Applied Dissertation Award. In addition, during his tenure at the University of Kansas, Dr. Briggs received the Baer, Wolf, and Risley Outstanding Graduate Student Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Prior to joining the faculty at EMU, Dr. Briggs completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher (2016−2018). Specifically, Dr. Briggs functioned as a case manager in the severe behavior clinic and assisted with the oversight and implementation of several lines of NIH grant-funded research focused on the integration of stimulus control technology with the quantitative predictions of behavioral momentum theory to promote the practicality, generality, and durability of function-based interventions for severe destructive behavior.
Interests and Expertise
Dr. Briggs directs EMU’s Behavior Analysis Research Lab. The lab is generally interested in improving behavior of societal importance by applying behavioral principles and evaluating their influence through rigorous experimental methodology. Specifically, our lab is currently working on projects related to (a) improving the safety, efficiency, and validity of functional assessment methods, (b) determining the variables that prevent relapse of challenging behavior and promote maintenance and generalization of treatment effects, and (c) developing effective training strategies for efficiently teaching caregivers and professionals to implement behavioral interventions with high procedural integrity.
Dr. Briggs is a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D) and a licensed behavior analyst (LBA) in the state of Michigan. He enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for the Mid-American Association of Behavior Analysis Executive Council and as an ad-hoc reviewer for several scholarly journals. In addition, he is currently on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and has served as a Guest Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Education and Treatment of Children. Dr. Briggs is dedicated to supporting the Department of Psychology at EMU, contributing to the science of behavior analysis, and training effective scientist-practitioners to provide high-quality behavioral services for their clients.
PSY 365: Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY 372: Ethical Conduct, Personnel Supervision, and Professionalism for Behavior Analysts
PSY 625: Clinical Behavior Analysis
PSY 701: Supervision and Performance Management in Human Service Settings
Publications and Presentations
(* indicates EMU student collaborator)
*DeWitt, S., *Stephens, A. M., & Briggs, A. M. (in press). Applied behavior analysis: Conceptual foundations, defining characteristics, and behavior-change elements. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology: Theory to Practice.
*Peterson, A. M., *Pachis, J., *Rinna, K., *Sunde, E., & Briggs, A. M. (in press). Tangible reinforcers: Conceptual overview and considerations for practice. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Applied Behavior Analysis: A Comprehensive Handbook.
Briggs, A. M., Mitteer, D. R., Bergmann, S., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Reinforcer thinning: General approaches and considerations for maintaining skills and mitigating relapse. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Applied Behavior Analysis: A Comprehensive Handbook.
Briggs, A. M., & *Peterson, A. M. (2022, Summer). Prevalence of delays to receiving behavioral therapy in Michigan: A summary of survey data describing caregiver needs during this time. MiNavigator Newsletter, Issue 65, 1−3. Retrieved from https://autismallianceofmichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/MiNavigator-Newsletter-Issue-65.pdf
*Sunde, E., Briggs, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (2022). Employing modified visual-inspection criteria to interpret latency-based functional analysis outcomes. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(3), 871−890. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.926
Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., Holehan, K. M., Kanaman, N. A., & Juanico, J. F. (2022). Functional Analysis methodology: Best practices and considerations. In J. Leaf, J. Cihon, J. Ferguson, and M. J. Weiss (Eds.) Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis Interventions for Autism (pp. 417−442). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96478-8_22
Briggs, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (2021). Updated strategies for making regular contact with the scholarly literature. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 15, 541−552. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-021-00590-8
Harper Briggs, A. M., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Ackerlund Brandt, J. A. (2021). The effects of different types of attention on responding in young children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(3), 882−902.https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.814
Briggs, A. M., & Greer, B. D. (2021). Intensive Behavioral Intervention Units. In A. Maragakis, C. Drossel, & T. J. Waltz (Eds.), Applications of Behavior Analysis to Healthcare and Beyond. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57969-2_7
Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., & Sodawasser, A. J. (2020). Comparisons of standardized and interview-informed synthesized reinforcement contingencies relative to functional analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(1), 82−101. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.601
Kimball, R. T., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Briggs, A. M. (2020). Investigations of operant ABA renewal during differential reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113(1), 187−205. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.577
Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Briggs, A. M. (2020). Further evaluation of teaching behavior technicians to input data and graph using GraphPad Prism. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 20(2), 81−93. https://doi.org/10.1037/bar0000172
Briggs, A. M., Dozier, C. L., Lessor, A. N., Kamana, B. U., & Jess, R. (2019). Further investigation of DRA without extinction for escape-maintained destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52(4), 956−973. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.648
Mitteer, D. R., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M. Greer, B. D., & Hardee, A. M. (2019). Evaluation of an omnibus mand in the treatment of multiply controlled destructive behavior. Behavioral Development, 24(2), 74−88. https://doi.org/10.1037/bdb0000088
Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., Lichtblau, K. L., Phillips, L. A., & Mitteer, D. R., (2019). Using schedule-correlated stimuli during functional communication training to promote the rapid transfer of treatment effects. Behavioral Development, 24(2), 100−119. https://doi.org/10.1037/bdb0000085
Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., & Wacker, D. P. (2018). A laboratory model for evaluating relapse of undesirable caregiver behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 110(2), 252−266. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.462
Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Kimball, R. T. (2018). Prevalence of resurgence of destructive behavior when thinning reinforcement schedules during functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51(3), 620−633.https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.472
Phillips, L. A., Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., & Greer, B. D. (2018). Assessing and treating elopement in a school setting. Teaching Exceptional Children, 50(6), 333−342. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059918770663
Dracobly, J. D., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Juanico, J. F. (2018). Reliability and validity of indirect assessment outcomes: Experts versus caregivers. Learning and Motivation, 62, 77−90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lmot.2017.02.007
Briggs, A. M., Akers, J. S., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Retzlaff, B. J. (2018). Systematic changes in preference for schedule-thinning arrangements as a function of relative reinforcement density. Behavior Modification, 42(4), 472−497.https://doi.org/10.1177/0145445517742883
Dracobly, J. D., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Juanico, J. F. (2017). An evaluation of procedures that affect response variability. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(3), 600−621. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.392
Payne, S. W., Dozier, C. L., Briggs, A. M., & Newquist, M. H. (2016). An analysis of group-oriented contingencies and associated side effects. Journal of Behavioral Education, 26(1), 27−52.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10864-016-9255-2
Franks, S. B., Mata, F. C., Wofford, E., Briggs, A. M., LeBlanc, L. A., Carr, J. E., & Lazarte, A. A. (2013). The effects of behavioral parent training on placement outcomes of biological families in a state child welfare system. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(4), 377−382. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731513492006
Carr, J. E., & Briggs, A. M. (2011). A resource on behavioral terminology: An annotated bibliography of “On Terms” articles in the behavior analyst. The Behavior Analyst, 34(1), 93−101. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03392237
Carr, J. E., & Briggs, A. M. (2010). Strategies for making regular contact with the scholarly literature. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 3(2), 13−18. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03391760