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.

Craig H. Kennedy

Kennedy Craig

Peabody College, Vanderbilt University


Dr. Kennedy is the associate dean for Research at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a professor of Special Education and Pediatrics. From 1992-1996 he was a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. From 1996-1997 he was a faculty member in the Departments of Psychiatry and Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He joined Vanderbilt University in 1997 and served as Chair of the Special Education Department from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Kennedy's research and development interests focus on students with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. This work focuses on assessment and intervention of mechanisms underlying problematic behavior. Much of his current work focuses on analyses of gene-brain-environment interactions associated with the development of problem behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, and stereotypy using human and animal models. Dr. Kennedy has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, and Journal of Behavioral Education, and as an editorial board member for numerous peer-reviewed journals. He is also the recipient of the B. F. Skinner award from the American Psychological Association (Division 33).

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