Andy Lattal, Centennial Professor in the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University, has been recognized for his more than 45-year-career in the field of behavior analysis.

He has been named the 2015 Outstanding Contributions to Behavior Analysis award recipient by the California Association for Behavior Analysis and will be honored at the organization’s regional conference in February.

Lattal has long been a leading researcher in the field and has been essential to the success of behavior analysis research at WVU.

“Dr. Lattal is an internationally recognized scholar of behavior analysis,” said Kevin Larkin, chair of the psychology department.

He added, “Receipt of this award is further testimony to the fact that the WVU faculty comprise one of the top programs in the world in the area of behavior analysis.”

Author of 150 research articles and chapters on conceptual, experimental and applied topics in behavior analysis and the psychology of learning, Lattal has edited seven books and journal special issues.

He has served as president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, the American Psychological Association’s Division for Behavior Analysis, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis.

Lattal is editor for English-language submissions of the Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis and former editor of the field’s flagship journal, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He has served on the editorial boards of eight professional journals and is a past recipient of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis Distinguished Contributions to Behavior Analysis Award.

Lattal received the WVU Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in 1989, the American Psychological Association’s Division for Behavior Analysis Distinguished Contributions to Basic Research Award in 2001 and its Don Hake Award for Translational Research in 2013.

Lattal taught and conducted research at several universities and in six other countries, most recently spending the 2012-13 academic year at Universit� Charles de Gaulle in Lille, France, as a Fulbright Research Scholar.

He is a fellow of American Psychological Association, Association for Behavior Analysis International and the American Psychological Society.

Lattal joined the WVU faculty in 1972, serving for 30 years as the coordinator of WVU’s behavior analysis.

The annual California conference is the largest subgroup of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, an association of behavior analysts from various organizations throughout the world.

It is composed of practitioners in education, autism and basic researchers.

Lattal will accept the award at the CalABA Western Regional Conference at the Town & Country in San Diego, from Feb 19-21.

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