Art Dowdy, PhD, BCBA-D earned his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and his PhD in Special Education while concentrating in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is currently a faculty member at Temple University, who shares his time between the Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education programs. Dr. Dowdy has been fortunate to experience the professions of special education and applied behavior analysis both as a practitioner and researcher. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Dowdy was a clinical Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) at a residential treatment facility where he implemented behavioral interventions to support children who displayed severe challenging behavior. Dr. Dowdy has developed behavior treatment plans to address challenging behavior and teach adaptive skills in the school, home, and community settings. He has also spent years as a certified special education teacher. Dr. Dowdy has presented his research at both national and international conferences and samples of his research can be found in The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Education and Treatment of Children among others. Moreover, he is frequently called on to review research submitted to the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Perspectives on Behavior Science, and Exceptional Children. Dr. Dowdy can be contacted at,

Courses Taught




ABA 3302

Analyzing and Changing Behavior


ABA 3303

Evaluating Behavior Change Intervention


ABA 5305

Single Subject Research Design


ABA 5676

Applied Behavior Analysis


SPED 2231

Introduction to Special Education


Selected Publications


  • Muharib, R., Dowdy, A., Rajaraman, A., & Jessel, J. (2022). Contingency-based delay to reinforcement following functional communication training for autistic individuals: A multilevel meta-analysis. Autism, 26(4), pp. 761-781. England. doi: 10.1177/13623613211065540

  • Dowdy, A., Hantula, D.A., Travers, J.C., & Tincani, M. (2022). Meta-Analytic Methods to Detect Publication Bias in Behavior Science Research. Perspect Behav Sci, 45(1), pp. 37-52. Switzerland. doi: 10.1007/s40614-021-00303-0

  • Dowdy, A., Jessel, J., Saini, V., & Peltier, C. (2022). Structured visual analysis of single-case experimental design data: Developments and technological advancements. J Appl Behav Anal, 55(2), pp. 451-462. United States. doi: 10.1002/jaba.899

  • Dowdy, A., Jessel, J., Saini, V., & Peltier, C. (2021). Structured Visual Analysis of Single Case Experimental Design Data: Developments and Technological Advancements. doi: 10.31234/

  • Quigley, J., Dowdy, A., Trucksess, K., & Finlay, A. (2021). An Investigation of Functional Communication Training and Schedule Thinning Using a Multiple Schedule on Elopement to Access Stereotypy. J Autism Dev Disord, 51(9), pp. 3224-3234. United States. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04788-7

  • Dowdy, A., Peltier, C., Tincani, M., Schneider, W.J., Hantula, D.A., & Travers, J.C. (2021). Meta-analyses and effect sizes in applied behavior analysis: A review and discussion. J Appl Behav Anal, 54(4), pp. 1317-1340. United States. doi: 10.1002/jaba.862

  • Dowdy, A., Tincani, M., & Fisher, A.G. (2021). Interrater Reliability and Convergent Validity of the Trial-Based Functional Analysis. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 5(1), pp. 61-70. doi: 10.1007/s41252-020-00174-7

  • Dowdy, A., Obidimalor, K.C., Tincani, M., & Travers, J.C. (2021). Delivering Culturally Sound and High-Quality Behavior Analytic Services When Working With an Interpreter. Behavior Analysis Research and Practice, 21(1), pp. 51-64. doi: 10.1037/bar0000206

  • Dowdy, A., Tincani, M., & Jessel, J. (2020). Reducing an Adolescent's Destructive Behavior during Bathroom Visits in a Residential Setting: Brief Report. Dev Neurorehabil, 23(7), pp. 478-481. England. doi: 10.1080/17518423.2020.1770352

  • Peltier, C., Muharib, R., Haas, A., & Dowdy, A. (2020). A Decade Review of Two Potential Analysis Altering Variables in Graph Construction. doi: 10.35542/

  • Dowdy, A. & Tincani, M. (2020). Assessment and treatment of high-risk challenging behavior of adolescents with autism in an aquatic setting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(1), pp. 305-314. doi: 10.1002/jaba.590

  • Dowdy, A. & Jacobs, K.W. (2018). An Empirical Evaluation of the Disequilibrium Model to Increase Independent Seatwork for an Individual Diagnosed with Autism. Behavior Analysis in Practice. doi: 10.1007/s40617-018-00307-4

  • Dowdy, A., Tincani, M., Nipe, T., & Weiss, M.J. (2018). Effects of reinforcement without extinction on increasing compliance with nail cutting: A systematic replication. J Appl Behav Anal, 51(4), pp. 924-930. United States. doi: 10.1002/jaba.484

  • Nipe, T.A., Dowdy, A., Quigley, J., Gill, A., & Weiss, M.J. (2018). Increasing the Wearing of Multiple Prescription Prosthetic Devices. Education and Treatment of Children, 41(3), pp. 331-343. Pressley Ridge School. Retrieved from

  • Tincani, M., Lorah, E.R., & Dowdy, A. (2018). Functional Behavioral Assessment. n.p.: pro-ed. Retrieved from

  • Dowdy, A. & Tincani, M. Assessment and Treatment of High-Risk Challenging Behavior in an Aquatic Setting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Wiley-Blackwell.