Behavior Analysis


COVID-19: Planning for the Future in Times of Uncertainty

March 29, 2020

How can I plan for the future when there's so much uncertainty?!?

"Things are changing so quickly! We don't know what the next hour will bring!"
"What's going to be tomorrow?!?"
"How can I plan for a future when everything is so unclear?"

How to respond in these times? Do we envision ourselves as feathers in the wind that get blown around despite our volition, or do we see ourselves as stalwart, more like a tree that might bend and get shaken but still have roots, and after the storm will still stand and grow tall?

If we look at our past, we realize there have been other times when we thought the world as we knew it was my lifetime, the terms "9/11" "Sandy" evoke fear and thoughts of, "Remember when we thought the world was over? It was the end?!?" I remember holding my two-week-old baby and looking out the kitchen window while the September sky was filled with paper "snow", wondering whether to quickly pick up my children from school or wait for the regular school day to be over. I wondered whether there would be a tomorrow and what kind of future my young family would have.

And here we are ... yes, the world is not the same after our collective tragedies and crises, but we are still standing and we do still need to do everyday things like eat, sleep, care for our loved ones and earn a living. We have a tradition in Judaism that we are supposed to live every day prepared for the coming of the Messiah. But does that mean that we are not supposed to buy homes, put down roots, flourish? NO! We are supposed to live in this world, to inhabit it, while recognizing that it is temporary. Thus, our job is to figure out a way to take this lesson, this understanding, that things can change in the blink of an eye, that our security can be taken out from under us in one fell swoop, but also to not panic, and to remember that we still have to live, still have to pursue our goals, nurture our loved ones and make a livelihood ( Jeremiah, 29: 4-7). We need to learn to balance these two conflicting thoughts, and temper our emotions and actions accordingly.

When this is over, and yes, it will be over because all things must come to an end (not just the good things), we need to have lives to which to return. Elementary and high school students need to return to school, college and professional students need to complete their degrees, certificates, licensure, and businesses need to continue to grow or possibly reorganize. The same is true for life's milestone moments, people will continue to get married, have babies, raise children, and do all the things that make up the fabric of our society.

Will we be the same? I hope not. We are meant to grow from our experiences and develop new strengths, skills and insights.

Will we have lives to which to return? As long as we do not give up and we stay focused on what is important, we will have lives to which to return. The structure of businesses and education may be different, but they are not going away.

Wishing everyone safety, good health and peace of mind.


Faye Fried-Walkenfeld, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Science (Advanced Behavior Analysis, Mental Health Counseling, and I-O Psychology programs)

We train behavior analysts who work with individuals diagnosed with autism, autism spectrum, or related disorders.

We have designed a comprehensive curriculum that provides theory, training and supervision in behavior analysis as it relates to individuals with autism, autism spectrum disorders or related disorders. Our faculty members include Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Licensed Psychologists and practitioners in related disciplines. They bring their experiences in the field into the classroom.

As a behavior analyst, and a graduate of our program, you will be well-prepared to provide individualized, intensive therapy using positive reinforcement to improve learning. While behavior analysis is primarily used to improve academic learning in children, you will also learn how to use these techniques to improve the life skills of adolescents and adults.

Master’s Degree or Post-Master’s Certificate

NEW! We now offer a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis. For those with a master’s who would like to specialize in behavior analysis, we have a post-master’s advanced certificate.


Our programs are among the first programs to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Behavior Analyst in accordance with Subpart 79-17 of the New York State Commissioner’s Regulations, and our graduates are eligible for both LBA and BCBA licensure. Behavior Analysis License applicants must also meet additional requirements as outlined by the NYS Education Department.

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Our Manhattan campus offers all classes, for the master’s and advanced certificate programs, and is conveniently located in the heart of the city, easily accessible by mass transit.