Department of Psychology

Sarah Richling

Sarah Richling

Sarah Richling


108 Cary Hall


  • 2017, Ph.D., Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Nevada-Reno
  • 2010, M.S., Applied Behavior Analysis, St. Cloud State University
  • 2007, B.A., Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

About Sarah Richling
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Richling is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at Auburn University and serves as Director of ABA services and Practica.  Sarah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (2010).  Her current scholarly interests include criminal recidivism, cultural and social issues, evidence-based practice and continuing education, the empirical evaluation of common clinical practices, scientific system-building, Interbehaviorism, and the philosophical bases of behavioral science. 

Classes Taught


  • PSYC 3500: Applied Behavior Analysis 
  • PSYC 3503: Applied Behavior Analysis (online)


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

Representative Publications

Google Scholar

Maragakis, A., Vriesman, M., LaLonde, L., Richling, S. M., & Lancaster, B. (in press). Quality improvement and behavior analysis: Another name for a rose that smells just as sweet. Journal of Contextual Behavior Science.

McDougale, C., Richling, S. M., Longino, E. B., & O’Rourke, S. A. (in press) Mastery criteria and maintenance:A descriptive analysis of applied research procedures. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Richling, S. M., Williams, W. L., & Carr, J. E. (in press). The effects of different mastery criteria on the skill maintenance of children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

McDougale, C. M., Coon, J., Richling, S. M., Rapp, J. T., Thompson, K., & Burkhart, B. (2018). Group Procedures for decreasing problem behavior displayed by detained adolescents. Behavior Modification, online, 1-24.

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.



Last Updated: April 02, 2019