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Sarah Richling

Sarah Richling

Associate Clinical Professor

Director of ABA Program

Psychological Sciences

Sarah Richling

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108 Cary Hall

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PhD, University of Nevada-Reno

MS, St. Cloud State University

BA, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

About Me

Sarah Richling serves as the director of the ABA program and practicum coordinator of ABA services at Auburn University and is a board certified behavior analyst. She is an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues and has served as a guest editorial board member for Perspectives on Behavior Science and Conductual. Richling also served as president for the Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis (ALABA) and a member-at-large on the executive committee (2019-2020). She currently serves as executive director for ALABA and is on the board of directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. In addition, she serves as a program area coordinator for community, social, and sustainability issues for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) annual conference and a planners board member for Behaviorists for Social Responsibility (BFSR). 

Richling previously served as director and clinical supervisor at the Person-Centered Assessment, Treatment, and Habilitation (P.A.T.H.) Clinic in Reno, NV and as a clinical supervisor at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia. 

Her current scholarly interests include the dissemination and adoption of evidence-based practice and continuing education, the empirical evaluation of ritualistic clinical practices, organizational and scientific system-building, the integration of the philosophical bases of behavioral science, and community and social issues including criminal behavior, advocacy, activism, and accompaniment.


  • Edgemon, A. K., Rapp, J. T., Brogan, K. M., Richling, S. M., Hamrick, S. A., Peters, R. J., & O’Rourke, S. A. (in press). Behavioral skills training to increase interview skills of adolescent males in a secure residential treatment facility. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Hamrick, S., Richling, S. M., Brogan, K. M., Rapp, J. T., & Davis, W. T. (in press). Effects of obtrusive observation and rules on classroom behavior in a juvenile residential treatment setting. Behavior Modification.
  • McDougale, C., Richling, S. M., Longino, E. B., & O’Rourke, S. A. (2019). Mastery criteria and maintenance: A descriptive analysis of applied research procedures. Behavior Analysis in Practice.
  • Richling, S. M., Williams, W. L., & Carr, J. E. (2019). The effects of different mastery criteria on the skill maintenance of children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • O’Rourke, S. A., Richling, S. M., Brogan, K., McDougale, C., & Rapp, J. T. (2019). Tolerance Training with Adolescents in a Residential Juvenile Facility. Behavior Modification. 
  • Maragakis, A., Vriesman, M., LaLonde, L., Richling, S. M., & Lancaster, B. (2019). Quality improvement and behavior analysis: Another name for a rose that smells just as sweet. Journal of Contextual Behavior Science.
  • McDougale, C. M., Coon, J., Richling, S. M., Rapp, J. T., Thompson, K., & Burkhart, B. (2019). Group Procedures for decreasing problem behavior displayed by detained adolescents. Behavior Modification.
  • Brogan, K. M., Richling, S. M., Rapp, J. T., Thompson, K. R., & Burkhart, B. R. (2018). Activism and advocacy note: Collaborative efforts by the Auburn University Applied Behavior Analysis Program in the treatment of adolescents adjudicated for illegal sexual behavior. Behavior and Social Issues, 27, AA11-AA15.
  • Richling, S. M., Luke, M. M., Hayes, L. J., & Legaspi, D. N. (2017). Interbehavioral research: A commentary on the investigative and interpretive domains. Conductual, 5, 5-16. 
  • Richling, S. M., Rapp, J. T., Funk, J. A., D’Agostini, J., Garrido, N., & Moreno, V. (2014). Low publication rate of 2005 conference presentations: Implications for practitioners serving individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 2744-2750.
  • Lanovaz, M. J., Rapp, J. T., Long, E. S., Richling, S. M., & Carroll, R. A. (2014). Preliminary effects of conditioned motivating operations on stereotypy. The Psychological Record, 64, 209-216.
  • Richling, S. M., Rapp, J. T., Carroll, Smith, J. M., & Siewert, B. (2011). Using noncontingent reinforcement to increase compliance with wearing prescription prostheses. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 375-379.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 3500/3503: Applied Behavior Analysis 
  • PSYC 8550: Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • PSYC 8540: Behaviorism
  • PSYC 7910: Practicum in Applied Psychology
  • PSYC 7980: Capstone and Practicum