Instructor: Ronald Van Houten

Ronald Van Houten
Biography: Dr. Van Houten received his B.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Dalhousie University, where he received training in the experimental analysis of behavior. He is currently (2015) professor of psychology at Western Michigan University. Dr. Van Houten has published extensively in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis on a wide variety of problems, including the education of inner city youth and children with learning disabilities, the treatment of children and adults with developmental delays, the treatment of clinical problems in children, traffic safety, energy conservation and aviation safety. Currently, Dr. Van Houten is a member of the Transportation Research Board and a member of the National Committee for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He is a past associate editor for and a fellow of ABAI. Dr. Van Houten also chaired the ABAI Task Force on the Right to Effective Treatment. He is an avid pilot, flying power aircraft and gliders, and a flight instructor.

Classes by this instructor


Behavior Analysis and Traffic Safety
BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND TRAFFIC SAFETY - BEHP1113 Explores how to conduct research studies in the area of traffic safety. Covers how typical measures are used and how to select a measure and a variety of behavioral principles usually employed. Discusses work in the areas of pedestrian safety, increasing seat belt use and reducing motorist speeding behavior. Illustrates how the measures are used and how treatments are selected.


May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021, CourseWebs
Innovative Applications of Behavior Analysis

INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS - PDP0592 Identify areas where behavior analysis could make a difference and explore ways to overcome obstacles and accelerate the acceptance of our approach. Learn ways which the human operant laboratory may be used as a proving ground for the evaluation of behavioral interventions. Find out how Information technology represents an excellent medium to deliver contingencies of reinforcement to change behavior. How does Internet with contingency management promote smoking cessation and other health-related behavior.

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May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021, CourseWebs