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.

Kurt Salzinger

Salzinger Kurt

Hofstra University


Kurt Salzinger was Senior Scholar in Residence at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, starting in January 2003. He was Executive Director for Science of the American Psychological Association (APA) from 2001 to 2003. He served on the ABAI executive council, was president of the New York Academy of Sciences, served on the board of directors of APA and was president of its Divisions 1 (General Psychology) and 25 (Behavior Analysis), and was president of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. He also served on the board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies as its first chairman from 1986 to 1988 and as a board member twice after that. He was author or editor of 12 books, including (with Robert W. Rieber) Psychology: Theoretical-Historical Perspectives, as well as more than 120 articles and book chapters. He had varied research interests, including behavior analysis applied to human beings, dogs, rats, and goldfish; schizophrenia; verbal behavior of children and adults; and the history of psychology. He both gave grants (as a program officer at the National Science Foundation [NSF]) and received them (as professor of psychology at Hofstra University and Polytechnic University of New York and principal research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute) for his own research. He received the Sustained Superior Performance Award from the NSF, the Stratton Award from the American Psychopathological Association, and the Most Meritorious Article Award from the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. In 2002, he was the Presidential Scholar of ABAI. Dr. Salzinger contributed tremendously by bringing behavior analysis to national and international attention as well as to that of the broader scientific community.




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