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.

Kathryn J. Saunders

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University of Kansas


Kathryn J. Saunders received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and is Research Professor at the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research on stimulus control has contributed substantially to the knowledge base of a wide range of topics from reading instruction to equivalence class formation to conditional discrimination, particularly as applied to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Saunders’s work is a model of translational research that not only bridges experimental and applied behavior analysis but also builds connections between behavior analysis and traditional audiences in reading and the communication sciences. In addition to writing for a large number of behavior analytic journals, Dr. Saunders has made her work visible in the broader community of scholars by publishing in journals such as the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews. Sh has an extensive record of funding by NICHD and most recently by the U.S. Department of Education. She has supported and trained numerous post-doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to prominent faculty and research positions after spending time in her lab. Dr. Saunders’s leadership contributions to behavior analysis also merit recognition. She has served as President of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association (where she is also a Fellow), on the Executive Council of ABAI, and as ABAI’s delegate to the Federation of Behavioral, Social, and Cognitive Sciences (now called the Federation of Associations in Brain & Behavioral Sciences). 



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