In fall 2009, Psychology Professor Matthew Normand and Holly White, the department's Clinical Director, received a Pacific Fund grant of $5,625 to continue the Visiting Scholar program they began in June 2008. The program, which involves hosting eminent scholars in the field of behavioral psychology for a several-day visit, exposes students and faculty to other experts in their field and sparks new ideas for teaching, clinical practice and research. The Visiting Scholar program aims to enhance the national visibility for Pacific's Psychology program, attract strong applicants to the graduate program, and provide continuing education learning opportunities for the community. "It also serves to enhance faculty and student scholarship, by providing opportunities to interact with and receive mentorship from some of the most eminent scholars in behavioral psychology.
The program also creates a conduit between Pacific and the visiting scholar’s institution that can provide advantages for students considering graduate school.
Students Gain Access to Experts
The invited scholar spends a full day meeting with Psychology faculty and students, offering feedback to students on their research projects and clinical cases. The visit includes a dinner and cocktail reception to further promote interaction between the scholar and Pacific faculty and students.
Undergraduate and graduate students help plan and organize the events, which gives them practical experience in event planning.
During the visit, the invited scholar gives a presentation that allows practicing Board Certified Behavior Analysts® in the area to earn continuing education credits. Faculty, students and professionals from the local community attend the event, which has garnered praise from the behavioral analysis community.
Visiting Scholar Dr. Greg Hanley of Western New England College (center) with Dr. Matthew Normand and Holly White
Click on the bolded presenter names below to view the PDF flyer
Dr. Greg Hanley - June 2009
Topic: Reinforcement in Clinical Practice
Dr. Hank Schlinger - October 2009
Topic: Understanding Verbal Behavior
Dr. Tim Vollmer - January 2010
Topic: Differential Reinforcement - Some Things Your Textbook Forgot to Tell You
Dr. Brian Iwata - July 2010
Topic: Current Issues in Functional Assessment and Analysis
Dr. Linda LeBlanc - December 2010
Topic: Advanced Approaches to Intensive Behavioral Intervention (with Dr. Caio Miguel)
Dr. Dave Palmer - August 2011
Topic: Understanding Complex Behavior: Genes, Environment, and Behavior (with Dr. Susan Schneider)
Dr. Tim Vollmer - January 2012
Topic: From Obesity to Child Maltreatment: Behavior Analytic Research on Socially Significant Issues
Dr. Ken Silverman - October 2012
Topic: Behavioral Approaches to Health and Wellness
Dr. Dave Wilder - July 2013
Topic: Methods of Assessing and Increasing Compliance in Children with Autism and Related Disabilities
Dr. Jim Carr - July 2013
Topic: Understudied Intervention Procedures in the Early Behavioral Treatment of Autism