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Michael C. Selbst, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Michael C. Selbst, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Director of Behavior Therapy Associates, P.A. in Somerset, New Jersey. He is a Licensed Psychologist and a Certified School Psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral level. Dr. Selbst has co-founded and is the Executive Director of HI-STEP® Summer Social Skills Program, an intensive 5-week day program for children to improve their social skills and problem solving ability, and the Executive Director of the Weekend to Improve Social Effectiveness (W.I.S.E.). He has extensive experience working with pre-school aged children through adults. Dr. Selbst provides individual and family therapy, behavioral parent training, social skills training, school-based consultation, functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans, psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, and expert/independent evaluations. He has led numerous workshops, including at local, statewide, national and international conferences, as well as for parent advocacy groups and school districts. Dr. Selbst has collaborated with three of Behavior Therapy Associates’ doctors to co-author the Behavior Problems Resource Kit: Forms and Procedures for Identification, Measurement and Intervention. With Steven B. Gordon, Ph.D., ABPP, Dr. Selbst has co-authored the social skills curriculum, POWER-Solving®: Stepping Stones to Solving Life’s Everyday Social Problems.

Articles Written

Helping Children with Social Skills Difficulties: The Benefits of Extended School Year Instruction

Many children with social skills difficulties require support and instruction throughout the summer…

Best Practices for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behavior at School: Using an FBA and BIP

When addressing behavior problems, a careful assessment provides the foundation for effective and efficient intervention.

Consider the following scenario: After struggling with headaches for nearly a week, you visit a doctor. Following a brief discussion, the doctor suggests brain surgery. While surgery may be effective, it is also possible that your headaches are related to the fact that the prescription in your glasses is out of date