Fienup, Daniel (df2675)

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Daniel Fienup
Associate Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis
Health & Behavior Studies

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Scholarly Interests

My area of expertise is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I have a keen interest in education and educational performance, including the design and evaluation of instructional variables that lead to positive educational outcomes. I am deeply curious about multiple effective instructional strategies and determining which strategies require fewer resources (e.g., time, effort). This work has included populations with typical development and individuals with developmental delays and age groups spanning from young children to adults.  Specific topics that I have researched include concept learning (stimulus equivalence), complex behavior chains, the arrangement of learning opportunities and reinforcer magnitude, and mastery learning. 

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Selected Publications

(Notation: D-Doctoral student, M-Master’s student, U-Undergraduate student)

Brodsky, J.D, & Fienup, D. M.(2018, Advanced Online Copy). Sidman goes to college: A systematic review and meta-analysis of equivalence-based instruction in higher education.  Perspectives on Behavior Science. doi: 10.1007/s40614-018-0150-0

Dalfen, S.D, Fienup, D. M., & Sturmey, P. (2018, Advanced Online Copy). Effects of a contingency of quiz accuracy on exam scores. Behavior Analysis in Practice. doi: 10.1007/s40617-018-0226-z

Cengher, M.D, Budd, A.D, Farrell, N.D, & Fienup, D. M. (2018). A review of transfer of stimulus control procedures: Implications for selecting effective and efficient skill acquisition. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 30, 155-173. 

Fuller, J.M, & Fienup, D. M. (2018). A preliminary analysis of mastery criterion level: Effects on response maintenance. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 11, 1-8. doi: 10.1007/s40617-017-0201-0

Fienup, D. M., & Brodsky, J.D (2017, Advanced online copy). Effects of mastery criterion on the emergence of derived equivalence relations. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. doi: 10.1002/jaba.416

Maffei-Almodovar, L.D, Feliciano, G., Fienup, D. M., & Sturmey, P. (2017). The use of behavioral skills training to teach graph analysis to community based teachers. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 10, 355-362. doi: https://doi.orf/10.1007/s40617-017-0199-3

Critchfield, T. S., Doepke, K. J., Epting, L. K., Becirevic, A.D, Reed, D. D., Fienup, D. M., Kremsreiter, & Ecott, C. L. (2017). Normative emotional responses to behavior analysis jargon, or, how not to use words to win friends and influence people. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 10, 97-106. doi: 10.1007/s40617-016-0161-9

Ward-Horner, J. C., Cengher, M.D, 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. doi: 10.1002/jaba.350 

Cengher, M.D, Shamoun, K., Moss, T., Roll, D., Feliciano, G., & Fienup, D. M. (2016). A comparison of the effects of two prompt-fading strategies on skill acquisition in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9, 115-125. doi: 10.1007/s40617-015-0096-6

Tyner, B. C.D, & Fienup, D. M. (2016). The effects of describing antecedent stimuli and performance criterion in task analysis instruction for graphing. Journal of Behavioral Education, 25, 379-392. doi: 10.1007/s10864-015-9242-z

Fienup, D. M., Mylan, S. E.U, Brodsky, J.D, & Pytte, C. (2016). From the laboratory to the classroom:  The effects of equivalence-based instruction on neuroanatomy competencies. Journal of Behavioral Education, 25, 143-165. doi: 10.1007/s10864-015-9241-0

Sturmey, P., Dalfen, S.D, & Fienup, D. M. (2015). Inter-teaching: A systematic review. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 16, 121-130. doi: 10.1080/15021149.2015.1069655

Fienup, D. M., Wright, N. A.M, & Fields, L. (2015). Optimizing equivalence based instruction: Effects of training protocols on equivalence class formation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 613-631. doi: 10.1002/jaba.234

Tyner, B. C.D, & Fienup, D. M. (2015). A comparison of video modeling, text-based, and no instruction for creating multiple baseline graphs in Microsoft Excel. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 701-706. doi: 10.1002/jaba.223

Reyes-Giordano, K.D, & Fienup, D. M. (2015). Emergence of topographical responding following equivalence based neuroanatomy instruction. The Psychological Record, 65, 495-507. doi: 10.1007/s40732-015-0125-4

Kocher, C. P.M, Howard, M. R., & Fienup, D. M. (2015). The effects of work-reinforcer schedules on skill acquisition for children with Autism. Behavior Modification, 39, 600-621. doi: 10.1177/0145445515583246

Kryzak, L. A.D, Cengher, M.M, Feeley, K. M., Fienup, D. M., & Jones, E. A.(2015). A community support program for children with autism and their typically developing siblings:  Initial investigation. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19, 159-177. doi: 10.1177/1744629514564450 

Ortega, R.M, & Fienup, D. M. (2015). Effects of a preferred stimulus and mother’s attention on infant behavior during tummy time. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 8, 66-69. doi: 10.1007/s40617-014-0032-1  *Featured as the Article of the Week on the Association for Behavior Analysis International website,, December 22, 2016


Fienup, D. M., Reyes-Giordano, K.D, Wolosik, K.M, Aghjayan, A.M, & Chacko, A. (2015). Brief experimental analysis of reading deficits for children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder. Behavior Modification, 39, 191-214. doi: 10.1177/0145445514550393  

Bukala, M.M, Hu, M. Y.M, Lee, R., Ward-Horner, J. W., & Fienup, D. M. (2015). The effects of work schedules on performance and preference in students with Autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 215-220. doi: 10.1002/jaba.188  

Kourassanis, J.D, Jones, E. A., & Fienup, D. M. (2015). Peer-video modeling: Teaching chained social game behaviors to children with ASD. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 27, 25-36. doi: 10.1007/s10882-014-9399-8 

Ramirez, H.M, Cengher, M.D, & Fienup, D. M. (2014). The effects of simultaneous prompting on the acquisition of calculating elapsed time. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 26, 763-774. doi: 10.1007/s10882-014-9394-0 


Ward-Horner, J. C., Pittenger, A.D, 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. doi: 10.1002/jaba.133 

Cengher, M.D, Jones, E. A., & Fienup, D. M. (2014). The effects of deprivation and satiation of social interactions on tacting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 176-180. doi: 10.1002/jaba.83 



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