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A. Charles Catania

A. Charles Catania, professor emeritus at UMBC, is past president of ABAI and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has served as editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He had the good fortune to start his career in 1954 in Fred Keller’s introductory psychology course at Columbia and later to serve as teaching assistant in Nat Schoenfeld’s experimental psychology sequence. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard, where he conducted postdoctoral research in B. F. Skinner’s pigeon laboratory. After a stint in psychopharmacology, he moved to the University Heights campus of New York University and then to UMBC, where he maintained a pigeon laboratory with Eliot Shimoff, also a Columbia product. In his research he has focused both on nonverbal behavior as it is engendered and maintained by fundamental behavioral processes and on the special properties of verbal behavior that depend on those fundamental processes. His service as director of an applied behavior analysis master’s track at UMBC allowed him to explore relations between basic and applied areas of our field. His latest book is The ABCs of Behavior Analysis.