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.

Maria E. Malott

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Association for Behavior Analysis International

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After completing her undergraduate work at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela, Maria E. Malott began her career in large-scale performance management. After 2 years as a performance systems analyst for the Venezuela government, she entered the graduate program in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University, obtaining her Ph.D. in 1987. In 1989 she was hired as the production manager at a Midwest manufacturing company and after 2 years became the vice-president of manufacturing. In 1993, she began a consulting career. She served as consultant for a variety of businesses in service, retail, manufacturing, education, government, and others. Her clients have included General Motors Corporation; Meijer, Inc.; Kellogg's; and Pharmacia & Upjohn. In all of this work, she has combined systems analysis with the analysis of individual behavior within the systems. 


Since 1993, Dr. Malott has served as Executive Director/CEO of the Association for Behavior Analysis. She has used organizational behavior management to improve every aspect of the operation of ABAI, which now serves more than 9,000 members and is the parent organization for nearly 100 affiliated chapters. 


Dr. Malott has served as an affiliate faculty member at five universities. She has served on five editorial boards and is the author of a book on organizational change, published in Spanish and English, and co-author of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions of Elementary Principles of Behavior. She published over 35 peer review publications and over 100 newsletter articles. She has made over 300 presentations in 22 countries, including lectures and seminars in 37 universities around the world.    


Dr. Malott is a fellow of ABAI, was the recipient of the 2003 Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis, the 2012 Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis, the 2004 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organizational Behavior at Management, and the 2002 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University.



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