Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #170
CE Offered: BACB
In Memoriam Of Donald Keith Pumroy: His Pioneering Works
Sunday, May 24, 2015
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Texas Ballroom Salon C (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM/TBA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: W. Joseph Wyatt, Ph.D.
Chair: Judy G. Blumenthal (Association for Behavior Change)
W. JOSEPH WYATT (Marshall University)
ROGER W. MCINTIRE (University of Maryland, Summit Crossroads Press)
JUDY G. BLUMENTHAL (Association for Behavior Change)

This panel discussion will memorialize the contributions to behavior analysis of Donald Keith Pumroy and will provide a timeline of the evolution of the field from the 1950s to the 2000s. Pumroy was a pioneer in making the transition from research-based behavioral analysis to the application of behavioral principles in applied settings. He was the first psychologist to apply behavioral principles to a child and publish those results. Others followed his lead, and by the 1960's, behavior analysis had moved from the laboratory to wider field settings, including classrooms and mental health settings. It made its way into industry, public policy and legislation. Other contributions for which Pumroy is credited are toilet training, a time line analysis describing how behavior is learned, and school gun violence and analysis of shooter behavior regarding the application of behavior analysis to problems within the broad culture. Pumroy founded the College Park Behavior Group whose mission is to clarify and disseminate behavioral principles. Pumroy served both as the president of the Maryland Psychological Association and the president of the Maryland Association of School Psychologists, the only person to date to hold both positions. Pumroy also served as Chairman, Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Keyword(s): Family, Parenting, Shooters, Teaching Behavior



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