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.

James W. Bodfish

Bodfish Jim

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Jim Bodfish, Ph.D. is the Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He is Director of the Center for Development and Learning in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC. He received his degree in psychology with a concentration in developmental disabilities research from the University of Alabama and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral neurology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation. As a clinician he has worked in home, preschool, school and hospital settings with infants, children and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities. This includes extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of autism and related conditions with a focus on the integration of behavioral and medical approaches for treatment-refractory cases. Dr. Bodfish's research has focused on the pathogenesis and treatment of repetitive behaviors, behavioral disorders, and movement disorders and has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, the American Journal of Mental Retardation, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Autism, Autism Research, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the Journal of Pediatrics, and the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 


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