Instruction in Functional Assessment

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Marcie Desrochers, State University of New York
Moira Fallon, State University of New York

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 978-0-9897226-7-4

Publisher: Open SUNY

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Reviewed by Jennifer McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Southern Utah University, on 6/20/2018.

The clickable glossary is very useful, especially the function of the reader being able to return directly from the glossary entry to the place it is … read more



Reviewed by Crystal De Kam, Human Service Faculty / Counselor, Century College, on 5/22/2018.

The text cover more in depth than I had anticipated with regards to Functional Assessment. The breakdown of Functional assessment is easy for … read more



Reviewed by Jeannie Golden, Associate Professor, East Carolina University, on 2/2/2018.

Very comprehensive review of functional assessment. Includes information about developmental and intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviors … read more



Reviewed by Ben Bryan, Adjunct Faculty, Rogue Community College, on 8/16/2017.

This book is terrific. It covers not only the specific details of conducting a functional assessment with a variety of populations and contexts but … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Challenging Behaviors of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Chapter 2: The Methodology of Functional Assessment: Process and Products
  • Chapter 3: Treatment Implications Based on the Functional Assessment
  • Chapter 4: Teaching Functional Assessment Content
  • Chapter 5: Teaching Functional Analysis
  • Chapter 6: Functional Analysis Case Training/FACT
  • Chapter 7: Resources for Team Members of Interdisciplinary Professionals

About the Book

Instruction in Functional Assessment introduces learners to functional assessment (FA), which includes a variety of assessment approaches (indirect, observational, and experimental) for identifying the cause of an individual’s challenging behavior for the purpose of designing effective treatments. FA is mandated by federal law and is a recognized empirically based approach to treatment of individuals with challenging behaviors (e.g., disruptive, self-injurious, and aggressive behaviors). Instruction in FA is essential for students who will one day enter professions as educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, or mental health professionals.

The purpose of this textbook is to provide instruction in FA skills for pre-professionals in the fields of education and psychology. This supplemental resource provides the context, background, and knowledge to facilitate students’ acquisition of the methods, decision-making, and skills involved in conducting FA. Each chapter begins with focus questions designed to promote reflective thinking and ends with discussion questions. To promote application of FA in diverse situations and teach important lessons, case studies of individuals with challenging behaviors, interactive activities, and opportunities for practice are embedded in the chapters. Moreover, the text includes the ingredients to facilitate students’ role play and rehearsal of appropriate FA skills while working in cooperative groups and using performance-based training.

About the Contributors


Marcie Desrochers earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Manitoba with specialization in developmental disabilities, applied behavior analysis, and computer applications in psychology. She is a board certified behavior analysis at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). Dr. Desrochers is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Marcie Desrochers has conducted research on teaching functional assessment and evaluating the effectiveness of a computer simulation program called Simulations in Developmental Disabilities. Marcie has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and supervising students and practitioners in the field.

Dr. Moira Fallon earned her Ph.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of New Mexico with specialties in cognitive development and special education. She has over thirty years of experience in the field of special education in public schools. She holds certifications from several states in learning disabilities, behavior disabilities, early intervention, and assistive technology. Dr. Fallon has published widely in issues of inclusion and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Moira Fallon has been a leader in developing learning communities, promoting school leaders for continuous improvement, and identifying research based, supportive resources for improving professional skills. She is a Professor in the Department of Education and Human Development at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.