William V. Dube
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. William V. Dube received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Northeastern University in 1987. Until 2000 he was a scientist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, rising to the rank of senior scientist in the Psychological Sciences Division in 1996. He joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2000, and in 2013 he attained the rank of professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Dr. Dube is recognized internationally as a leader in the study of learning and stimulus control, in particular the study of attentional processes in individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism. His interests extend to choice, behavioral momentum, language, and animal models; he was in the early wave of researchers who began to use stimulus equivalence methodologies to look for the rudiments of symbolic behavior in animals. Dr. Dube is a fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of the Don Hake Award, which recognizes outstanding translational research in behavior analysis. His development of a software system for conducting stimulus control research is a lesser known but highly significant contribution. By making this software widely available without cost, Dr. Dube made it possible for researchers all over the world to study stimulus equivalence with great sophistication. His work has been funded continuously since 1989 by a total of 23 federal grants for which he was PI or co-PI, from sources including NIH, NSF, and NIAAA. His editorial service includes multiple terms on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (five terms) and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (four terms).