Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Christopher A. Podlesnik


Florida Institute of Technology


Chris received his BA in psychology from West Virginia University, his Master’s and PhD in psychology from Utah State University, and gained postdoctoral research experience in behavioral pharmacology at the University of Michigan. He was a faculty member at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and still holds a position of Honorary Academic there. In mid-2014, Chris moved to Florida with his wife, Corina, two kids, Porter and Vera, and his dog, Frankie, and accepted a position as associate professor at the Florida Institute of Technology. His research and teaching interests mainly involve the importance of understanding basic learning processes when developing behavioral treatments. His initiation in the implementation of applied behavior analysis involves training currently underway for BACB certification at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Institute of Technology. Chris is currently an associate editor and formerly on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He also is board member for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, and received the B. F. Skinner Early Career Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Chris plays the guitar poorly and used to mountain bike a lot before moving to Florida.

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