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.

Stephen T. Higgins

Higgins Stephen

University of Vermont


Dr. Stephen T. Higgins is currently vice-chair of research, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Vermont. In this department he also served as director of pre- and post-doctoral training in human behavioral pharmacology and as director of the substance abuse treatment program. He is an internationally recognized researcher in all aspects of drug abuse and its treatment. His work has transformed this field in application, research, and theory. He initiated the first effective treatments for cocaine dependence through the reinforcement of abstinence coupled with pro-social reinforcement contingencies for developing and maintaining behaviors incompatible with drug abuse. He has been particularly innovative in applying the principles of behavioral economics to drug dependence treatment. His career has been a productive blend of basic and applied research as well as mentoring, and has been recognized by many awards and honors. He is a Fellow of four APA divisions and a recipient of the Don Hake Basic/Applied Research Award, and he was elected president of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. For nearly two decades, his work has been supported by many substantial grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, including the prestigious Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award.




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