An early career in public education launched Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff's quest for methods to promote behavior change in socially important directions, and while pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota she discovered behavior analysis. Since then she has been engaged in scholarship, research, consulting, and teaching in the field. First at Southern Illinois University and later at the University of Massachusetts, she addressed challenges facing students, clients, instructors, care providers, supervisors, managers, and executives in communities, schools, factories, offices, health care organizations, and elsewhere. She is a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, adjunct professor at Florida International University and the University of North Texas, director of quality assurance for Pyramid Educational Consultants, and president of the Browns Group of Naples, a training and performance management consulting organization. In these capacities her work today emphasizes behavioral systems to promote quality Internet-based and direct educational services and healthy performance on the job.
The products of her individual and collaborative efforts have included more than a dozen books and monographs and approximately 100 published papers. Dr. Sulzer-Azaroff has presented extensively at regional, national, and international conferences and has received substantial research and training grant funding.
Dr. Sulzer-Azaroff has served her field and the public in a number of capacities, including as president of ABAI, the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and Division 25 of the American Psychological Association (APA); as chair of the APA Board of Scientific Affairs and the Committee on Continuing Education; as a trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies; as a board member of various national committees; as associate editor (JABA) and as an editorial board member of behavioral journals; and as a member of research panels for national funding agencies.
Recognition of Dr. Sulzer-Azaroff 's achievements includes her election to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and being named a Fellow of six divisions of APA, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Society. She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the OBM Network of ABAI, the Fred S. Keller Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education from Division 25 of the APA, and the Outstanding Contributions Award from California ABA.