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CBSI is a collaborative effort between scientists and practitioners who are passionate about the objective and pragmatic understanding of police academy training and firearm safety. We solve important societal challenges through novel adaptations of behavioral science.

Precision | Scope | Depth | Context

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Dr. John O'Neill


Dr. John O'Neill has over a decade of experience in behavioral science. He earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology (2007), a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida (2012), and a doctoral degree with specialization in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University (2015). He is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has published peer-reviewed scientific research, book chapters, and professional magazine articles. He served as Chair of the Dissemination of Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

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Dr. Dawn A. O'Neill

Director of Clinical Practice

Dr. Dawn O'Neill has over a decade of experience in clinical practice and research. She holds two baccalaureate degrees, one in Psychology and the other in Criminal Justice, both from the University of South Dakota. She earned a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota State University and a doctoral degree with specialization in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. She also holds a graduate certificate in gerontology. She is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and her area of expertise is in the analysis of behaviors associated with the concept of memory. She has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of behavior analysis, behavioral gerontology, police psychology, ergonomics, law enforcement, and exercise science.

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Now Serving: Behavioral Science in Police Academy Training!​

Established in 2020, our podcast adventure is an effort to disseminate behavioral science in an open, constructive, and objective manner. The name borrows from the Irish tradition of taverns (pubs) that are open to the community and serve as a hub for social gatherings and communication. Episodes follow one of the following conversational formats:


STANDARD: Drs John & Dawn discuss select topics in police academy training.


SNUG: A reference to the cozy booths often found in pubs. These contain group discussions on various topics relevant to police academy training.


LOCK-IN: Invitation-only! We close up for the night and invite members of the podcast to explore controversial topics.

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