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.

Cathy Watkins

Watkins Cathy

California State University Stanislaus


Cathy Watkins, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is professor emerita of special education at California State University, Stanislaus, and former director of the Center for Direct Instruction. She is past president of the California Association for Behavior Analysis and current president of the Association for Direct Instruction. She is the author of Project Follow Through: A Case Study of Contingencies Influencing Instructional Practices of the Educational Establishment and co-author of two book chapters on direct instruction. She has served on editorial boards and on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Watkins has worked with general and special education students and trained and supervised teachers at the university and in public schools. She has been a consultant to schools and agencies and for SRA’s Ravenscourt Books. In 2002, Dr. Watkins received the Association for Direct Instruction’s Excellence in Education Award, and in 2012, was inducted into the Association for Direct Instruction Hall of Fame for an outstanding career helping children and their teachers to be successful.

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