Dr. Andrew Bulla is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgia Southern University, and also serves as the university’s Verified Course Sequence (VCS) coordinator for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) course sequence at the university. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in psychology with a minor in autism studies. Upon graduating, he completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University under the advisement of Dr. Jessica Frieder, and subsequently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014. Dr. Bulla has worked at a variety of organizations over the course of his career including The Kinney Center, The Center for Autism Research, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health, Summit Pointe, The Envision Center, and Van Buren Intermediate School District. During his time in these positions, Dr. Bulla applied behavior analysis to a variety of learners and situations. He has worked as an instructional design consultant in universities, autism early intervention, ancillary programs including social and recreational skills, the assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, and academic interventions for students with and without disabilities. Dr. Bulla also currently assists with Morningside Academy’s Summer School Institute, a summer program that trains teachers, school administrators, scholars, and students from all over the world on how to implement the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction.
Dr. Bulla has taught a variety of college level courses in the areas of Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Behavior Assessment, and Advanced Behavior Change Systems and Techniques. He believes that it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of someone’s education. In alignment with this view, he tries channel the words of Zig Engelmann and Ogden Lindsley: “If the student hasn’t learned, the teacher hasn’t taught,” and that “The student is always right.” Dr. Bulla utilizes several instructional design and behavioral strategies in his courses to ensure all students are learning the material.
In terms of research, Dr. Bulla has published papers in the areas of self-management and class-wide approaches to behavior management. His current research interests focus on behavioral approaches to education and schooling. More specifically, he has an interest in precision teaching, instructional design, direct instruction, and behavior management in school settings.
In his spare time, Dr. Bulla enjoys applying behavior analysis to his every-day life. He is currently teaching himself to play guitar using precision teaching and frequency building techniques. He also enjoys spending time with family, trying new craft beers, surfing, paddle boarding, and hanging out with his lil’ pup, Kobe.
Dr. Bulla will be showing examples of Morningside Academy's curriculum. While not directly employed by Morningside Academy, he has a contract with Morningside Teachers' Academy.