Dr Mecca Chiesa
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Mecca Chiesa is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who has published widely on philosophical and experimental issues in the science of behaviour. She received her Ph.D from the University of Wales Cardiff in 1990. Her thesis was subsequently revised and published as Radical Behaviorism: The Philosophy and the Science (1994, Boston: Authors Cooperative), and is now in its second printing. She was on the editorial board of The Behavior Analyst from 1995 to 2001 and is currently on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Technology Today.
Before joining the Tizard Centre in September 2003, Mecca spent several years setting up early intervention programmes for young autistic children and ran a research programme on the effects of fluency building (a Precision Teaching procedure) for children struggling with the mainstream maths curriculum. Mecca is a founding member of the ABA Lecturers Cooperative who, in collaboration with the Treehouse Trust, established the first course in the UK to be approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the educational and experience requirements for their Associate-level exam. The first cohort to complete the course are now accredited behaviour analysts. Her research interests currently are concerned with integrating fluency building into early intervention programmes for autistic children and skills-development programmes for learning disabled clients more generally.back to top
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Mecca has many years experience of supervising research and postgraduate students. She welcomes inquiries from graduates interested in Behaviour Analysis generally, and particularly in Precision Teaching, Fluency Building, Autism, and Learning Disabilities. The Centre is recognised for ESRC studentships and for ESRC CASE studentshipback to top