Graduation Date

Summer 2021

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Psychology, option Academic Research

Committee Chair Name

Christopher Walmsley

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Ian Jewett

Second Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Subject Categories



Preference assessments are used to systematically determine an individuals preferred items to be used as potential reinforcers during service delivery. Electronic preference assessments typically do not use tangible items but instead present electronic representations of these tangible items, such as electronic pictures or videos, to the client. The purpose of this overview is to introduce the history and traditional use of electronic preference assessments and then to provide practical recommendations for using an electronic preference assessment while providing behavioral services through a telehealth model. When conducting an electronic preference assessment during a telehealth session two primary considerations need to be made: the client’s prerequisite skills and the practitioner and the client’s access to resources such as an electronic device. An analysis of the relative benefits and the limitations to a variety of electronic preference assessment formats, future directions are discussed.

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