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.

Christine Hughes

Holth Per BW

University of North Carolina Wilmington

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Christine Hughes has made important contributions to behavior analysis in teaching, administration, and service to the discipline. She received her doctorate from the University of Florida in 1991 and is currently professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Dr. Hughes has served on the board of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, was an associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, was on ABAI's Science Board, and was president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 25 and the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis. At UNCW, Dr. Hughes helped develop an interdisciplinary ABA and developmental disabilities minor, the first of its kind in North Carolina, and was graduate coordinator in the Department of Psychology, where she was instrumental in overseeing the ABA concentration and, most recently, responsible for creating the newly approved doctoral concentrations. Her efforts on behalf of behavior analysis at UNCW were recognized by the program’s receiving the 2017 SABA Award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions. Her leadership and service have been essential to the advancement of the discipline, and her effective teaching and mentorship are evident in the number of her students who have entered the field. Dr. Hughes has also maintained a productive research program with foci on transitions from rich to lean schedules of reinforcement, impulsive choice, and behavioral pharmacology.

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