APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis (2023)

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Volume 1: Methods and Principles Volume 2: Translating Principles into Practice

Edited by Gregory J. Madden

Editor-in-Chief: Gregory J. Madden, PhD

Publication date: August 2012

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Behavior analysis emerged from the nonhuman laboratories of B. F. Skinner, Fred Keller, Nate Schoenfeld, Murray Sidman, James Dinsmoor, Richard Herrnstein, Nate Azrin, and others who pioneered experimental preparations designed to do one thing — find orderly relations between environment and behavior. This bottom-up approach to a natural science of behavior yielded a set of behavioral principles that proved orderly and replicable across subjects, laboratories, and species.

By the 1960s, behavior analysts began translating these principles into interventions for institutionalized humans characterized by impoverished repertoires of adaptive behavior. When these interventions proved successful in replacing problem- with adaptive-behavior, the field of Applied Behavior Analysis was born.

Over the last 50 years the field of behavior analysis has grown substantially both in the number of practicing behavior analysts and the range of behavior to which behavioral principles have been applied. Today the laboratory study of basic principles of behavior continues to expand our understanding of behavior and to inform the treatment of disorders ranging from autism to substance abuse.

The present volumes continue this inductive translational approach to the science of behavior analysis by providing overview and in-depth chapters spanning the breadth of behavior analysis.

Volume I provides comprehensive coverage of the logic, clinical utility, and methods of single-case research designs. Chapters walk the reader through the design, data collection, and data analysis phases and are appropriate for students, researchers, and clinicians concerned with best practice. Volume I also provides an overview of the experimental analysis of behavior, and chapters reviewing some of the most important areas of contemporary laboratory research in behavior analysis. Topics covered include memory, attention, choice, behavioral neuroscience, and behavioral pharmacology.

Volume II includes 10 chapters illustrating how principles of behavior discovered in basic-science laboratories have provided insights on socially important human behavior ranging from the complex discriminations that underlie human language to disorders treated by clinical psychologists. The second section of Volume II includes 12 chapters, each devoted to a particular behavioral/developmental disorder (e.g., behavioral treatments of ADHD, autism) or to behavior of societal importance (e.g., effective college teaching, effective treatment of substance abuse). Each of these chapters provides a review of what works and where additional research is needed.

Table of contents

Volume 1: Methods and Principles

Editorial Board

About the Editor-in-Chief



Series Preface


I. Overview

  1. Single-Case Research Methods: An Overview
    Iver H. Iversen
  2. The Five Pillars of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    Kennon A. Lattal
  3. Translational Research in Behavior Analysis
    William V. Dube
  4. Applied Behavior Analysis
    Dorothea C. Lerman, Brian A. Iwata, and Gregory P. Hanley

II. Single-Case Research Designs

  1. Single-Case Experimental Designs
    Michael Perone and Daniel E. Hursh
  2. Observation and Measurement in Behavior Analysis
    Raymond G. Miltenberger and Timothy M. Weil
  3. Generality and Generalization of Research Findings
    Marc N. Branch and Henry S. Pennypacker
  4. Single-Case Research Designs and the Scientist-Practitioner Ideal in Applied Psychology
    Neville M. Blampied
  5. Visual Analysis in Single-Case Research
    Jason C. Bourret and Cynthia J. Pietras
  6. Quantitative Description of Environment–Behavior Relations
    Jesse Dallery and Paul L. Soto
  7. Time-Series Statistical Analysis of Single-Case Data
    Jeffrey J. Borckardt, Michael R. Nash, Wendy Balliet, Sarah Galloway, and Alok Madan
  8. New Methods for Sequential Behavior Analysis
    Peter C. M. Molenaar and Tamara Goode

III. The Experimental Analysis of Behavior

  1. Pavlovian Conditioning
    K. Matthew Lattal
  2. The Allocation of Operant Behavior
    Randolph C. Grace and Andrew D. Hucks
  3. Behavioral Neuroscience
    David W. Schaal
  4. Stimulus Control and Stimulus Class Formation
    Peter J. Urcuioli
  5. Attention and Conditioned Reinforcement
    Timothy A. Shahan
  6. Remembering and Forgetting
    K. Geoffrey White
  7. The Logic and Illogic of Human Reasoning
    Edmund Fantino and Stephanie Stolarz-Fantino
  8. Self-Control and Altruism
    Matthew L. Locey, Bryan A. Jones, and Howard Rachlin
  9. Behavior in Relation to Aversive Events: Punishment and Negative Reinforcement
    Philip N. Hineline and Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
  10. Operant Variability
    Allen Neuringer and Greg Jensen
  11. Behavioral Pharmacology
    Gail Winger and James H. Woods

Volume 2: Translating Principles Into Practice

Editorial Board

I. Translational Research in Behavior Analysis

  1. From Behavioral Research to Clinical Therapy
    Paul M. Guinther and Michael J. Dougher
  2. Translational Applied Behavior Analysis and Neuroscience
    Travis Thompson
  3. Arranging Reinforcement Contingencies in Applied Settings: Fundamentals and Implications of Recent Basic and Applied Research
    Iser G. DeLeon, Christopher E. Bullock, and A. Charles Catania
  4. Operant Extinction: Elimination and Generation of Behavior
    Kennon A. Lattal, Claire St. Peter, and Rogelio Escobar
  5. Response Strength and Persistence
    John A. Nevin and David P. Wacker
  6. Simple and Complex Discrimination Learning
    William J. McIlvane
  7. Translational Applications of Quantitative Choice Models
    Eric A. Jacobs, John C. Borrero, and Timothy R. Vollmer
  8. The Translational Utility of Behavioral Economics: The Experimental Analysis of Consumption and Choice
    Steven R. Hursh, Gregory J. Madden, Ralph Spiga, Iser G. DeLeon, and Monica T. Francisco
  9. Environmental Health and Behavior Analysis: Contributions and Interactions
    M. Christopher Newland
  10. Toward Prosocial Behavior and Environments: Behavioral and Cultural Contingencies in a Public Health Framework
    Anthony Biglan and Sigrid S. Glenn

II. Applied/Clinical Issues

  1. Behavioral Approaches to Treatment of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Patricia F. Kurtz and Michael A. Lind
  2. Behavioral Approaches to the Treatment of Autism
    William H. Ahearn and Jeffrey H. Tiger
  3. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Its Therapeutic Applications
    James E. Carr and Caio F. Miguel
  4. Assessment and Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior
    Louis P. Hagopian, Claudia L. Dozier, Griffin W. Rooker, and Brooke A. Jones
  5. Understanding and Treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    Nancy A. Neef, Christopher J. Perrin, and Gregory J. Madden
  6. Teaching Reading
    Edward J. Daly III and Sara Kupzyk
  7. Sleep: A Behavioral Account
    Neville M. Blampied and Richard R. Bootzin
  8. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Applying an Iterative Translational Research Strategy in Behavior Analysis
    Michael E. Levin, Steven C. Hayes, and Roger Vilardaga
  9. Voucher-Based Contingency Management in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
    Stephen T. Higgins, Sarah H. Heil, and Stacey C. Sigmon
  10. Behavioral Approaches to Business and Industrial Problems: Organizational Behavior Management
    William B. Abernathy
  11. Contributions of Behavior Analysis to Higher Education
    Dan Bernstein and Philip N. Chase
  12. Behavioral Gerontology
    Jane Turner and R. Mark Mathews


Contributor bios

Gregory J. Madden, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University, Logan. He earned a master's degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas is 1992 and a doctorate in psychology from West Virginia University in 1995.

After completing a 3-year National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Vermont, Dr. Madden held faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at Utah State University.

Dr. Madden's research falls under the umbrella of behavioral economics, with an emphasis on impulsive choice and health decision making. He is the author or coauthor of many of the seminal scientific articles in the study of delayed-reward discounting and its relation to addictions. His research in this area is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse). He also holds grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The latter grants support behavioral economic approaches to influencing dietary choices made by children in school cafeterias.

Dr. Madden coedited, with Warren K. Bickel, Impulsivity: The Behavioral and Neurological Science of Discounting (APA) and currently serves as the editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, established in 1958 and the flagship journal of basic research in behavior analysis.

Dr. Madden has served on a number of important decision-making bodies (e.g., the Executive Council of the Association for Behavior Analysis International) and is the recipient of several teaching honors, including being selected as the 2011 G. Stanley Hall lecturer for APA Division 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology).

Book details

Format: Hardcover

Publication date: August 2012

ISBN: 978-1-4338-1111-1

Item #: 4311509

Pages: 1212

Part of the APA Handbooks in Psychology® Series and APA Reference Books Collection

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