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A. Charles Catania

A. Charles Catania, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), is Past-President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has been Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Associate Editor for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior for the journal, Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He is author of more than 200 journal articles and chapters, and his books include Learning, now in its 5th edition, Variations and Selections (co-edited with Philip N. Hineline), the Definitive Edition of B. F. Skinner's Cumulative Record (co-edited with Victor G. Laties) and, most recently, The ABCs of Behavior Analysis. 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 then 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. Their collaborative research was concerned with reinforcement schedules, relating them to fundamental behavioral processes, to delay-of-reinforcement gradients in particular, and, with Terje Sagvolden, with extensions to ADHD, as well as with verbal governance, the shaping of verbal behavior, and implications for education. He also co-founded the MA track in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Human Services Psychology program at UMBC, where his service as Director allowed him to explore relations between the basic and applied dimensions of our field.