Evaluation of a telehealth training package to remotely train staff to conduct a preference assessment

William J. Higgins, Kevin C. Luczynski, Regina A. Carroll, Wayne W. Fisher, Oliver C. Mudford

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Recent advancements in telecommunication technologies make it possible to conduct a variety of healthcare services remotely (e.g., behavioral-analytic intervention services), thereby bridging the gap between qualified providers and consumers in isolated locations. In this study, web-based telehealth technologies were used to remotely train direct-care staff to conduct a multiple-stimulus-without-replacement preference assessment. The training package included three components: (a) a multimedia presentation; (b) descriptive feedback from previously recorded baseline sessions; and (c) scripted role-play with immediate feedback. A nonconcurrent, multiple-baseline-across-participants design was used to demonstrate experimental control. Training resulted in robust and immediate improvements, and these effects maintained during 1- to 2-month follow-up observations. In addition, participants expressed high satisfaction with the web-based materials and the overall remote-training experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-251
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017


  • behavioral-skills training
  • preference assessments
  • staff training
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • video conferencing
  • web-based training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology


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