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.

Amy L. Odum

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Dr. Amy L. Odum received her Ph.D. from West Virginia University (WVU) in 1998. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Warren K. Bickel at the University of Vermont’s Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory and was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire before joining the faculty at Utah State University in 2003, where she now holds the position of professor of psychology. At WVU Dr. Odum collaborated with David W. Schaal on research concerned with the effects of drugs on timing. At Vermont, she applied her expertise in timing to the experimental analysis of delay discounting and its relation to addictions. Since then, she has made major contributions to our understanding of delay discounting, in particular its “state” and “trait” qualities. Dr. Odum’s other interests include matching to sample, resistance to change, and response variability. Her research has attracted substantial federal support, including grants from NIMH and NIDA. She has held key leadership positions in ABAI, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (including a term as president), and Division 25 of the American Psychological Association (including a term as president). Dr. Odum has been deeply involved in editorial work on behalf of numerous scientific journals, culminating in her appointment as editor of one of our field’s flagship publications, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, in 2015. In this role she is known as striking just the right balance between high expectations for experimental rigor and freedom for authors to explore the theoretical and practical implications of their findings.

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