The faculty in the MS in ABA program has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. These grants are described below. Student funding for the ABA program will commence in Fall of 2018 and 2020 for TRIPLETS grant and Fall of 2019 and 2021 for RESPECT grant, and Fall 2020 and 2022 for TIERS.

These grants provide full in-state tuition and a stipend for scholars. Please contact Dr. Amy Spriggs ( for more information on the TRIPLETS grant or Dr. R. Allan Allday ( for more information on the RESPECT grant.

Please contact Dr.Jennifer Grisham-Brown ( for more information on the TIERS grant.


About the Grants

TRaining InterdisciPLinary Educators to Support High-Needs Populations (TRIPLETS) is funded for five years and totals $1,250,000. Dr. Amy Spriggs is the principal investigator (PI), and Drs. Justin Lane and Sally Shepley are the co-principal investigators (Co-PI). The goal of the TRIPLETS project is to increase the number of (a) behavior analysts and (b) Special Education teacher leaders who have experience collaborating as mentors and related service providers to teachers in underserved and impoverished areas of rural Appalachia.

The grant will pair scholars in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education Teacher Leader master’s degree programs to coach geographically isolated educators in the field who are serving students with high-intensity needs in rural areas of Appalachian Kentucky. It is anticipated that two cohorts of eight scholars (four behavior analysts and four teacher leaders) will receive funding through this grant, as well as one full-time doctoral student.

“TRIPLETS will focus on areas in Eastern Kentucky where resources are limited, so this grant will allow services in both instruction and behavior to be delivered in the highest need areas,” said Dr. Spriggs.


RElated Service Providers Education, Consultation, and Training for Children with Disabilities with Academic, Behavioral, and/or Social Communication Challenges (RESPECT) is funded for five years and totals $1,245,180. The grant is a collaboration of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and School Psychology (SPY) programs at the University of Kentucky College of Education. Drs. R. Allan Allday (ABA), Jonathan Campbell (SPY), Rachel Hammond (SPY), and Alicia Fedewa (SPY) will manage the grant, which will train behavior analysts and school psychologists to work collaboratively to serve children with disabilities exhibiting academic, behavioral or social challenges. The RESPECT grant will serve schools in Central and Southeastern Kentucky.

The grant will support students in the ABA and SPY programs to complete activities, which include taking nine credit hours of shared graduate coursework in the first year of their funding. The courses will provide additional training in developing behavior intervention plans, academic and social communication skill development, and understanding psychological assessment and evaluation. Each course contains interdisciplinary group assignments.

In the second year, students will participate in field experiences supervised by a certified behavior analyst and school psychologist. Students will work collaboratively to assess, collect data, develop interventions, train teachers and evaluate effectiveness of interventions related to academic, behavioral, and/or social communication needs of a child with a disability within the practicum setting.

“The primary goal of the RESPECT grant is to build upon the strengths of the ABA and SPY programs by training our students to assess and intervene for academic, behavioral and social communication challenges,” Dr. Allday said.


Tiered Instruction, Engagement, Responding, and Services (TIERS) personnel preparation grant is funded for five years by the U.S. Department of Education and totals $1,250,000. It is administered by Drs. Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Collin Shepley, Sarah Hawkins-Lear, and Justin Lane.

The grant will pair scholars in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education master’s degree programs to collaborate with and coach parents and educators to improve socially meaningful behaviors in young children with high-intensity needs in the home, community, and inclusive preschool classrooms in rural and urban areas of Kentucky.