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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Symposium #217
EAHB Distinguished Contributions Award: Celebrating the Contributions of Dr. Timothy Hackenberg
Sunday, May 28, 2023
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom C
Area: EAB; Domain: Translational
Chair: Catherine Williams (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Discussant: David J. Cox (RethinkFirst; Endicott College)
Abstract: The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group invites you to formally recognize the contributions of Dr. Timothy Hackenberg, whose extensive research career has shed much light on the complexities of human behavior. A colleague of Dr. Hackenberg will reflect on his many contributions toward advancing our understanding of complex human behavior and Dr. Hackenberg will subsequently deliver an address on a topic of his choosing. Please join us to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Timothy Hackenberg.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): EAHB, Human Behavior, Human Operant, Token Economies
Tokens of Gratitude
Abstract: Science is a social enterprise, and this is nowhere more evident than in collaborative research we undertake with students, mentors, and colleagues. In this talk, Dr. Hackenberg will provide an overview of a program of research on token reinforcement, highlighting along the way the many contributions of my collaborators. This line of work began with an attempt to better understand human-nonhuman differences in self-control, where token-based methods have been used to narrow the procedural disparities that have plagued past species comparisons. The research then moved into an analysis of token reinforcement in its own right, including behavioral-economic applications, where token-based methods have proven especially useful in addressing a wide range of behavior in a economic context. Whether in one these main lines of research, or in the various offshoots that have sprung up along the way, the research has been truly collaborative in nature. Dr. Hackenberg have been fortunate to work with some great students and colleagues, who deserve much credit for any lasting significance of this work, and with whom Dr. Hackenberg genuinely share this award.
Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group Distinguished Contributions Award
CATHERINE WILLIAMS (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Abstract: Dr. Hackenberg was turned on to behavior analysis by Jane Howard at Cal-State Stanislaus, in the late 1970s, the first of many fortunate accidents in his journey. He later finished his bachelors at UC-Irvine. While there was not much behavior analysis at Irvine, he was lucky to work with a great group in an applied setting, and became involved in the fledgling SoCal-ABA. He attended an APA convention in LA and met Phil Hineline, who later became his PhD mentor at TempleU. There, he worked with rats and pigeons but acquired an appreciation for cross-species continuity of behavior. Following a one-year hiatus spent navel gazing back in Southern Cal, he began a post-doc with Travis Thompson at Minnesota, splitting time between the operant lab and the state hospital. He worked for nearly two decades on the faculty in the Behavior Analysis program at UF with talented and productive students and colleagues, followed by 13 years at Reed College, where he enjoyed the challenges and joys of teaching in a small liberal arts setting. He retired in 2022, and now lives in southern England enjoying nature walks with his two dogs and one wife, learning how to drive on the other side of the road, and watching daily drama unfold at the bird feeder.



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