Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Special Event #325a
In Honor of William Abernathy's Contributions to the Field of Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 25, 2015
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
201 (CC)
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)

Friends and colleagues of William Abernathy will gather to celebrate his life and his many contributions to the field. Dr. William Abernathy received his doctorate in I/O psychology from The Ohio State University and taught at Ohio University. He was an associate professor of psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University and vice-president of performance systems at Aubrey Daniels, International. Dr. Abernathy developed and coordinated a new master's degree in I/O psychology at Southeastern Louisiana University. Prior to joining Southeastern, he was the president of Abernathy and Associates in Memphis, TN. Dr. Abernathy authored three books: The Sin of Wages, Managing without Supervisors, and The Liberated Workplace—Transitioning to Walden III. He also published numerous articles in academic and trade publications, was an associate editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, a board member of The Cambridge Center, and recipient of the International Association for Applied Behavior Analysis Outstanding Contributor Award, plus Outstanding Contributor Award by the Organizational Behavior Management Network. Dr. Abernathy passed away in early March 2015. Behavior analysis has been enriched by Dr. Abernathy's lasting contributions, which shine as an exemplary model of rigorous and socially important behavior science.

Keyword(s): OBM



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