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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Invited Paper Session #348
CE Offered: None

EAHB-SIG Distinguished Career Award: J. Grayson Osborne, Ph.D.

Monday, May 30, 2005
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Boulevard C (2nd floor)
Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Richard W. Serna, M.Ed.
Chair: Richard W. Serna (E.K. Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School)
GRAYSON OSBORNE (Utah State University)
Dr. J. Grayson Osborne received his Ph.D. in psychology from Arizona State University in 1968 under the mentorship of Lee Meyerson. In 1969 Dr. Osborne joined the Department of Psychology at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, where he became Emeritus Professor in 2004. Dr. Osborne has served multiple terms on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Behavior Interventions, and was consulting editor for Rehabilitation Psychology (formerly Psychological Aspects of Disability). Dr. Osborne has served as a teacher, mentoring 4 masters students and 18 doctoral students; as a clinician, working as a consultant for schools in Utah and Canada and designing behavioral interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities and hearing impairments; and as a scientist, publishing over 43 research papers, theoretical papers, and monographs, as well as co-authoring four books, including Fundamentals of behavior (with Richard Powers) and Psychology, adjustment, and everyday living (with Garry Martin). His empirical research, spanning nearly four decades, has focused on behavioral interventions and on stimulus control, particularly conditional discrimination and stimulus equivalence in children and adults.

The author reflects on 40 years in the field from its (western) beginnings at Arizona State University circa 1960 to his retirement as Emeritus Professor at Utah State University in 2004. In between he discusses early applied behavior analysis; experimental child psychology; and the experimental analysis of behavior program at Utah State University, including its students, who, it can be presumed, are at least partially responsible for the present award.




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