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Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice is a multidisciplinary journal committed to increasing the communication between the subdisciplines within behavior analysis and psychology, and bringing up-to-date information on current developments within the field.

It publishes original research, reviews of the discipline, theoretical and conceptual work, applied research, program descriptions, research in organization and the community, clinical work, and curricular developments.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, clinical behavior analysis, behavior therapy, behavioral consultation, organizational behavior management, and human performance technology.

The journal is divided into two sections:

  • Behavior Analysis Today presents current experimental and translational research, and applications of behavioral analysis, in ways that can improve human behavior in all its contexts: across the developmental continuum in organizational, community, residential, clinical, and any other settings in which the fruits of behavior analysis can make a positive contribution.
  • Behavior Consultation and Therapy provides a focused view of behavioral consultation and therapy for the general behavioral intervention community. Additionally, this section highlights the importance of conducting clinical research from a strong theoretical base. Additional topic areas of interest include contextual research, third-wave research, and clinical articles.

For more information regarding submissions to these sections of Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, please visit the Types of Articles Accepted by Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice page.

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Editorial Board

Behavior Analysis Today


Alan Poling
Western Michigan University

Associate Editors

Amanda Mahoney
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Cynthia Pietras
Western Michigan University

Joshua K. Pritchard
Southern Illinois University

Consulting Editors

Paul Adronis
Northern Michigan University

Elian Aljadeff-Abergel
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Jennifer Austin
University of South Wales

Jonathan C. Baker
Southern Illinois University

John Begeny
North Carolina State University

Carlos Cançado
University of Brasília

Rodney Clark
Allegheny College

Thomas Critchfield
Illinois State University

Darlene Crone-Todd
Salem State University

Stephanie da Silva
Columbus State University

Iser DeLeon
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Mark R. Dixon
Southern Illinois University

Tim Edwards
University of Waikato

T. Mary Foster
University of Waikato

Jessica Frieder
Western Michigan University

Mark Galizio
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Patrick M. Ghezzi
University of Nevada, Reno

Laura Grow
California State University, Fresno

Michael D. Hixson
Central Michigan University

Kate LaLonde
Michigan State University

Sean Laraway
San Jose State University

Kennon A. "Andy" Lattal
West Virginia University

Sarah Lechago
University of Houston–Clear Lake

Matthew Locey
University of Nevada, Reno

Heather McGee
Western Michigan University

Raymond G. Miltenberger
University of South Florida

Nancy Neef
The Ohio State University

Matt Normand
University of the Pacific

Amy Odum
Utah State University

Anna Pétursdóttir
Texas Christian University

Ryan Redner
Southern Illinois University

Mark P. Reilly
Central Michigan University

Joel E. Ringdahl
Southern Illinois University

Denise Ross
Western Michigan University

Henry "Hank" Schlinger
California State University, Los Angeles

Stephanie Stilling
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Jennifer Zarcone
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Peer Review Coordinator

Allison Gillens

Behavior Consultation and Therapy


Duane A. Lundervold
University of Central Missouri

Associate Editor

Ellie Kazemi
University of California-Northridge

Elizabeth Fong
Saint Joseph's Universty

Ellie Kazemi
California State University, Northridge

Editorial Board Members

Patrick Aragon
Florida Institute of Technology

Jordan Bonow
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

Jeffrey Buchanan
Minnesota State University

Joseph D. Cautilli
Behavior Analysis and Therapy Partners

Ivy Chong
Florida Institute of Technology

Michael Cucciare
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Claudia Drossel
Eastern Michigan University

Joseph Evans
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Leilani Feliciano
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Scott Gaynor
Western Michigan University

John Guercio
Benchmark Human Services

Linda Heitzman-Powell
University of Kansas Medical Center

Barbara Kohlenberg
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine

Carolynn Kohn
University of the Pacific

Blake Lancaster
University of Michigan

Therese Mathews
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Jennifer McComas
University of Minnesota

Tamara Pawich
Florida Institute of Technology

Claire St. Peter
West Virginia University

Michael Twohig
Utah State University

Maria Valdovinos
Drake University

Thomas J. Waltz
Eastern Michigan University

Alyssa Wilson
Saint Louis University

Peer Review Coordinator

Allison Gillens

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Behavior Analysis Today Section
Alan Poling
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-543

Behavior Consultation and Therapy Section
Duane A. Lundervold
Department of Psychological Science
University of Central Missouri
Lovinger 1111
Warrensburg, MO 64093

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