The Behavior Analyst (ISSN # 0738-6729) was the official publication of ABAI from 1978 through 2017. In addition to articles on theoretical, experimental, and applied topics in behavior analysis, it included literature reviews, re-interpretations of published data, and articles on behaviorism as a philosophy.
TBA was first published by the Midwestern Association for Behavior Analysis. The Journal Committee co-chairs for volumes 1 and 2 were Judith LeBlanc and W. Scott Wood. TBA became the official journal of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis with its third volume, and Julie Vargas was the first named editor of the journal, serving from 1979–1981.
Subsequent editors included James Johnston (1982–1984), Edward K. Morris (1985–1987), Sigrid S. Glenn (1988–1989), Samuel Deitz (1990–1991), Jay Moore (1992–1993), and Margaret Vaughan (1994–1995). ABAI took over publication of the journal in 1995, and editors following that transition were Daniel Bernstein (1996–1998), Philip Chase (1999–2001), Carol Pilgrim (2001–2004), Marc Branch (2004–2007), Michael Dougher (2007–2010), Henry D. Schlinger, Jr. (2010–2013), Matthew Normand (2013–2016), and Donald Hantula (2016-2017).
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