Research at the Centre

The Centre for Behavioural Studies (the Centre) engages in research in behaviour analysis and related fields.  This research allows faculty, students, and community partners to expand knowledge and the application of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). 

The Centre provides opportunities for St. Lawrence College faculty to exercise the clinical and research skills needed to be contemporary educators.  The Centre supports faculty to plan, resource, and conduct their research in ABA and related disciplines.  If you are interested in partnering with a member of our faculty on a research project please contact our office (link to the contact us email).

The Centre conducts and supports research funded through external grants and contracts. 

The Centre’s Research Approval Process

We welcome research collaborations that support our Centre’s mandate. Research Project Applicants must complete the Project Approval Form that can be obtained from the Centre and then present the project to the Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee meets every two weeks during the Fall and Winter Semesters and monthly during the Spring Semester. 

Once the Project Approval form is complete, applicants should contact the Centre to be placed on the next Steering Committee agenda.  Presentations to the Steering Committee should be no longer than 15 minutes.  Applicants should be prepared to answer questions.

If the project is approved, the Team will need to sign a Faculty Commitment Form, which will be provided by the Centre’s Manager.

A good research proposal contains and considers the following:

  • The purpose of the project, and expected outcomes (e.g. advancing knowledge, decreasing the knowledge to practice gap, expanding existing practices into non-traditional sectors, better client outcomes, etc.);
  • The research question. The question must be focused and precise. Is it responding to a gap in knowledge? Is it responding to a question from the stakeholders who are being impacted?
  • Whether the project is a replication or new applied research
  • What related or supporting research assisted in the development of the research question;
  • Whether timeframes are realistic;
  • What support is requested from the Centre (e.g. faculty support, administrative support, clinical support, financial support, etc.);
  • What level of student involvement is anticipated;
  • What, if any, community partnerships are involved or anticipated;
  • A detailed Knowledge Mobilization & Exchange Plan included in the proposal.

St. Lawrence College and the Centre for Behavioural Studies follow the Tri-Council Guidelines on Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Human Participants:

Canada’s leading research granting agencies, CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC constitute the “Tri-council” and collectively maintain a policy called the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Research Involving Humans.  St. Lawrence College and the Centre utilize the Tri-Council policy as a key resource when addressing ethical research involving human subjects. The Tri-Council policy, which has been adopted in full by St. Lawrence College and the Centre, can be found here