Tech Demo for Apple Watch Data Collection App

I was a doctoral student enrolled in the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada, Reno when the first iPhone came out in 2007. I remember thinking about the possibilities this new device opened up for behavior analysts interested in upgrading the way they collect data. Three years later I hired a programmer to develop the Direct Assessment Tracking Application (D.A.T.A.). This application was designed to simplify data collection by allowing users to measure frequency, rate, duration, and IRT with the simple push of a button. After being downloaded onto almost 30,000 devices, I had to retire D.A.T.A. last year as it failed to keep pace with Apple’s updates to its operating system for the iPhone. Over the past year, I’ve been teaching myself how to program in Apple’s new Swift language in an attempt to eventually build a better version of D.A.T.A. Today, I thought I would share a brief video demonstrating a simple project I put together that works in conjunction with the Apple Watch and Google Firebase.

There are numerous resources available online for any behavior analysts interested in teaching themselves how to program mobile applications for Apple’s iOS devices. I’ve listed a few websites below that were particularly helpful in getting me started:

Happy programming!


Erick Dubuque is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Special Education at the University of Louisville. Dr. Dubuque also serves as the Accreditation Administrator for the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s (ABAI) Behavior Analysis Accreditation Board (BAAB). Prior to his work at the University of Louisville, Dr. Dubuque served as an Assistant Professor and Program Director for Spalding University’s M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis Program. He earned his degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012. Dr. Dubuque is a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Kenya) and is the President-Elect of the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA). As an active member of the behavior analytic community, Dr. Dubuque has served as the Student Representative to the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and on the organization’s Education Board. He is past Academic Coordinator for the Jordan University of Science and Technology Master’s Degree Program in Applied Behavior Health Analysis, the first graduate degree program in behavior analysis founded in the Middle East. Dr. Dubuque’s scholarly interests extend across the philosophical, experimental, applied, and professional domains in behavior science. A general theme across all of his interests is the understanding of technology and complex human behaviors, especially as they relate to the topics of education and social justice. Dr. Dubuque is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctor (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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