A. Charles Catania

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Anthony Charles Catania

1936 (age 84–85)
New York, NY
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BA in Psychology
  • MA in Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology
Alma mater
  • Columbia University
  • Harvard University
  • Researcher
  • Scientist
Known forKnown for his theoretical, experimental, and applied work
AwardsABAI Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis Award; Murray Sidman Award for Enduring Contribution to Applied Behavior Analysis; Victor G. Laties Award for Lifetime Service
Scientific career
FieldsBehavior analysis
  • Fred S. Keller
  • William N. Schoenfeld
  • B. F. Skinner

A. Charles Catania (born 1936) is an American researcher in behavior analysis known for his theoretical, experimental, and applied work. He is an Emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he taught and conducted research for 35 years prior to his retirement in 2008. He received a B.A. (1957) and M.A. (1958) at Columbia University in Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology at Harvard University in 1961. He remained at Harvard to conduct research as a postdoctoral researcher in B. F. Skinner's laboratory. Prior to his career at UMBC, he held a faculty position for nearly a decade at New York University (NYU).

He studies the behavior of both human and nonhuman animals. He has written over 200 journal articles and book chapters[1], has edited or co-edited six books[2][3][4][5], and has written two textbooks on learning[6][7]. Specific topics on which he has published include schedules of reinforcement[8], human verbal behavior[9], and the history of behavior analysis[10][11]. He was the chief editor at the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (1966-69) and served as an associate editor at several journals, including Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behaviorism, and the European Journal of Behavior Analysis. He twice served as President of the Society of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (from 1966-67 and 1981-83) and as President of the Association for Behavior Analysis [now Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), from 1981-1984]. He is a Fellow of Divisions 3, 6, 25, and 28 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and served as President of Division 25 from 1996–1998.

He resides in Columbia, Maryland.

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  1. "A Charles Catania - Google Scholar". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  2. "The selection of behavior: The operant behaviorism of BF Skinner". psycnet.apa.org. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  3. "Sloan Publishing - At My Own Pace". www.sloanpublishing.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  4. "Variations and selections: An anthology of reviews from the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior". psycnet.apa.org. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  5. "Contemporary research in operant behavior". psycnet.apa.org. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  6. "Sloan Publishing - ug_catania". www.sloanpublishing.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  7. "Sloan Publishing - catania5". www.sloanpublishing.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  8. Catania, A. Charles; Reynolds, G. S. (1968). "A Quantitative Analysis of the Responding Maintained by Interval Schedules of Reinforcement1". Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. 11 (3S2): 327–383. doi:10.1901/jeab.1968.11-s327. ISSN 1938-3711. PMC 1338497. PMID 5672248.
  9. Catania, A. Charles; Matthews, Byron A.; Shimoff, Eliot (1982). "Instructed Versus Shaped Human Verbal Behavior: Interactions with Nonverbal Responding". Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. 38 (3): 233–248. doi:10.1901/jeab.1982.38-233. ISSN 1938-3711. PMC 1347864. PMID 16812300.
  10. Catania, A. Charles (2002). "The Watershed Years of 1958–1962 in the Harvard Pigeon Lab". Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. 77 (3): 327–345. doi:10.1901/jeab.2002.77-327. ISSN 1938-3711. PMC 1284866. PMID 12083685.
  11. Catania, A. Charles (2015-06-10). "Behavior Analysis as a Biological Science: An Alternate History". European Journal of Behavior Analysis. doi:10.1080/15021149.2014.11434471.

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