Art Dowdy, PhD, BCBA-D received his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and his PhD in Special Education concentrating in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is currently a full-time faculty member at Temple University splitting 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 as both a practitioner and researcher. Prior to working in academia, Dr. Dowdy was a practicing Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) at a residential treatment facility where he worked to implement behavioral interventions to address severe challenging behavior. Dr. Dowdy has developed behavioral treatment plans to address challenging behavior in the school, home, and community settings. He has also spent years as a certified special education teacher. Samples of Dr. Dowdy's research can be found in The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and Education and Treatment of Children. Furthermore, he has been invited to review research submitted to the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Perspectives on Behavior Science, among others and has presented his research at both national and international conferences.

Courses Taught




ABA 3301

Understanding Autism


ABA 5302

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective Teaching Strategies


ABA 5304

Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis


ABA 5305

Single Subject Research Design


ABA 5676

Applied Behavior Analysis


SPED 2231

Introduction to Inclusive Education


SPED 4103

Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support


SPED 5302

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective Teaching Strategies


Selected Publications


  • Dowdy, A. & Tincani, M. (2019). Assessment and treatment of high-risk challenging behavior of adolescents with autism in an aquatic setting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 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. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51(4), pp. 924-930. 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