Single-Case Experimental Designs: Characteristics, Changes, and Challenges | Journal Club Series

by Dr. Nicole Bank, BCBA, LBA-TX | Available for 3 Learning BACB CEUs
This installment in our Journal Club Series will cover the article, “Single-case experimental designs: Characteristics, changes, and challenges” authored by Alan Kazdin and published in Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. CEUs are provided for reading the article, participating in an online discussion, and completing an article content quiz.

The use of single-case research designs is a hallmark of the field of behavior analysis. This article is a deep dive of the use and features of single-case research in the field starting with Sidman’s advocating book, Tactics of Scientific Research. The article discusses various forms of single-subject research, features, and areas of strength and weakness. The paper ends with suggestions for how to extend the use of this important method of behavior evaluation.

This is an interactive live online journal club. Participants will receive 3 Learning BACB® CEUs for completing all journal club activities. Participants are required to have read the entire article before attending the scheduled one-hour live online journal club discussion. Journal club discussions will include article details, article results, and implications for practice. Active participation is required. CEUs will be provided after completing an article content quiz on the BDS learning platform. Only those who read the article and actively participate in the live online discussion will be invited to take the content quiz. BDS is interested in increasing scholarly activities and discussion among BCBAs and BCaBAs. Stay tuned for future CE events in the BDS Journal Club Series!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase the journal club meeting you would like to attend.
  2. Follow instructions for downloading a copy of the article.
  3. Add the following emails to your contacts in order to avoid important emails going to spam: AND

  1. Receive an email for instructions on scheduling your online discussion. Once the online discussion is scheduled, you will receive a link for the online discussion.
  2. Read the article in its entirety.
  3. Join the journal club meeting at the scheduled time. Please mute your microphone upon entry.
  4. Stay online and involved for the 1-hour journal club meeting.
  5. Receive a link to the content quiz.
  6. Complete the content quiz to 80% accuracy.
  7. Receive 3 CEUs.


  1. List key characteristics of single-case research designs
  2. Describe the logic behind this research arrangement
  3. List the critical and variable features of single-case research
  4. Describe the strengths of single-case research
  5. List several challenges to more wide-spread adoption of single-case research