Applied Behavior Analysis Program in the First Cohort of MSU College of Education Graduates


Contact person: Camille Carskadon

STARKVILLE, Mississippi—Mississippi State University’s Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations marks the first milestone in the graduation of 11 students from the master’s of Applied Behavior Analysis program .

“We are very proud that our first cohort of ABA master’s students at MSU graduated this semester,” said Hallie Smith, ABA program coordinator. “As teachers, it is so rewarding to see them complete their training process with us and to see how much they have grown and learned during their two years in the program.”

According to Smith, ABA faculty look forward to seeing graduates become independent professionals as they grow from students to colleagues in the field of behavior analysis.

Launched in the fall 2020 semester, the ABA program provides educational training and experience for students and helps prepare them for practice in real-world settings. The program also leads to certification as a board certified behavior analyst and licensure. The first cohort includes 11 students from across the state.

Graduates include (by hometown):

BALDWYN—Mandi Ryan

BRANDON—Bailey Fleming

FULTON—Jade Garrett

GRENADA—Anna Gaskin

HATTIESBURG—Alexandra Brunner

HERNANDO—Jessica Nickley


NEW ALBANY—Lindsey Davis and Donna Graham

TUPELO—Laken Jones


Learn more about the applied behavior analysis program at Founded in 1903, MSU’s College of Education is home to six academic departments, a research unit, and numerous service units. To learn more about the college, visit

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