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Jessica Gamba, PhD, BCBA-D

Title:

Assistant Professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

M.S./Ed.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis

AB501, Measurement and Research Methods
AB511/611, Functional Assessment and Intervention
ABA516, Radical Behaviorism
AB512, Verbal Behavior
AB517, Experimental Analysis of Behavior
AB590, Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis;
Thesis in Applied Behavior Analysis

Areas of Expertise:

Applied Behavior Analysis

Behavior-Analytic College Teaching (e.g., programmed instruction, interteaching, personalized systems of instruction, gamification)

Instructional Design; Radical Behaviorism

Biography:

Following applied experiences of in-home therapy, K-12 classroom management, and independent living service coordination, I became a full-time professor of behavior analysis in 2011. I have developed and taught on-ground, blended, and fully online coursework on a wide range of topics including verbal behavior, experimental analysis of behavior, functional assessment and intervention, and radical behaviorism – the common thread of the science of human behavior is what excites me as both a teacher and an eternal student.

Education:

MA and PhD in Behavior Analysis from
   The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
BA in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis
   California State University Sacramento

Research and Interests:

Behavior analysis is not only the science of human behavior, but also the science of learning. As such, my teaching philosophy is strongly grounded in this field. A common behavior-analytic saying is, “the learner knows best”. This means that, if a student is not successful in one of my courses, my goal is to alter my own strategies and the course environment to better ensure that success. While I aim to be flexible in my teaching style, what I find to be critical for all students is ongoing interaction with course material, timely submissions and communication, and self-advocacy. One of my roles is that of a facilitator, and students should feel free to approach me for help and suggestions.

My research interests include behavior-analytic teaching methods and instructional design, stimulus equivalence, verbal behavior, functional analysis, and basic experimental analysis of human behavior.

Contact Information:

Office: (312) 261-3649

NLU Email: jgamba@nl.edu

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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
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