John C. Ward-Horner


John C. Ward-Horner

Senior Faculty

pronouns: he/him



John Ward-Horner is the Behavioral Education and Treatment Director at the Evergreen Center and is Senior Faculty in the School of Education and Counseling at Cambridge College. Dr. Ward-Horner received his doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has provided services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities since 2001, and his clinical work has included consultation and training in early intervention settings, clinic-based settings, and residential treatment settings. He has published 19 articles and book chapters in the areas of staff and parent training, choice and preference for instructional procedures, developmental disabilities, and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Ward-Horner is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D) and is a licensed behavior analyst in Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Behavior Analysis (Mass ABA).

Education & Certifications

  • PhD in Psychology, The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
  • MPhil in Psychology, The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York
  • MA in Psychology, Queens College

Courses Taught

  • Topics in Advanced Research
  • Research Design
  • Fluency Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis

Awards, Recognitions, Research & Selected Published Work

  • Ward-Horner, J. C. Muelhberger, A. O., Vedora, J., & Ross, R. K. (2017). The effects of reinforcer magnitude and quality on preference for response-reinforcer arrangements. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 10, 183-188.
  • Ward-Horner, J. C., Cengher, M., Ross, R. K., & Fienup, D. M. (2017). Arranging work requirements and the distribution of reinforcers: A brief review of preference and performance outcomes. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 181-185.
  • Ward-Horner, J. C., Pittenger, A., Pace. G., & Fienup, D. M. (2014). Effects of Reinforcer Magnitude and Distribution on Preference for Work Schedules. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 623-627.
  • Ward-Horner, J. & Sturmey, P. (2012). Component analysis of behavioral skills training in functional analysis. Behavioral Interventions, 27, 75-92.
  • Ward-Horner, J., Seiverling, L., & Sturmey, P. (2011). Functional behavioral assessment and analysis. In J. Matson & P. Sturmey (Eds.), International Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (pp. 271-286). New York: Springer.
  • Ward-Horner, J. & Sturmey, P. (2010). Component analyses using single-subject experimental designs: A review. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 685-704.
  • Ward-Horner, J. & Sturmey, P. (2008). The effects of general-case training and behavioral skills training on the generalization of parents’ use of discrete-trial teaching, child correct responses, and child maladaptive behavior. Behavioral Interventions, 23, 271-284.
  • Sturmey, P., Ward-Horner, J. C., & Doran, E. (2020). Structural and functional approaches to psychopathology and case formulation. In P. Sturmey (Ed). Functional Analysis in Clinical Treatment, 2nd Edition. New York: Elsevier.
  • Vedora, J., Barry, T., & Ward-Horner, J. C. (2018). Sample first versus comparison first stimulus presentations: Preliminary findings for two individuals with autism. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 12(2), 423-429.