Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Science


Purpose of Award

The Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis seeks to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the science of behavior analysis through their research, teaching, and or professional service.


See below for nomination and award selection information.

2019 Winner

Dr. Leonard Green
Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  After completing post-doctoral research, he ventured west of the Mississippi (despite thinking he still was east of the river) where he is Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies.  His research concerns choice and decision-making in rats, pigeons, and people, with a particular interest in models of self-control, impulsivity, and choice and decision-making.  He is one of the developers of ‘behavioral economics,’ a transdisciplinary field that combines the experimental methodology of psychology with the theoretical constructs of economics.  He is co-author of the book Economic Choice Theory: An Experimental Analysis of Animal Behavior, and editor of Advances in Behavioral Economics, the third volume of which is subtitled Substance Use and Abuse.  His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Aging, and the McDonnell Center for Higher Brain Function.  He served on the Executive Board of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, was President of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and was Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.  He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Association for Psychological Science, and was President of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of the American Psychological Association.  This past year he was the recipient of the Victor G. Laties Award for lifetime service from the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.


Beginning in November of each year, the Award committee, composed of the three previous past presidents of MABA will solicit award nominations by (a) posting advertisements on the MABA website and related social media pages, (b) by email to the MABA executive board, and (c) by email to the current MABA membership. Nominations may be made by any current MABA member and will be considered through January. Nominations should consist of a brief synopsis of nominee’s notable accomplishments and contributions to the basic, applied, translational, and/or conceptual analysis of behavior.

Nomination Form


Awardee Selection

The award committee will review nominations and make a recommendation to the executive board for an awardee. Candidates will be considered based upon cumulative accomplishments, with consideration of significant recent contributions, and a history of exemplary presentations at MABA and other conventions; preference will be given to those nominees with professional appointments in the Mid-Western United States. In order to receive the award, recipients must commit to presenting at the upcoming MABA convention.

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