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Student Paper Competition

Forrest J. Files Research Award
2022 Competition is now closed - keep checking for this year's winners!
This award is in honor and remembrance of Dr. Forrest J. Files (1955-2011): Radical Behaviorist, Behavioral Pharmacologist, Teacher, Student, Gator, Friend.
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Undergraduate and graduate students, or those who are no more than one year post-grad, are encouraged to submit original papers of basic or applied behavior-analytic research. Submissions are reviewed by two or more behavior analysts and 1-2 winners are chosen annually. Each is provided with a monetary award and is invited to give a brief 20-minute presentation on their research during the annual conference.

What papers are eligible for consideration?​​

Original behavior-analytic empirical reports that have either (1) been published over the past year, (2) are in-press or under review, or (3) are submission ready. Theses or dissertations that have not been reformatted for publication elsewhere will not be reviewed.​​

Submissions for 2022 are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions will be August 29, 2022. Submitted papers will be reviewed by our Student Paper Coordinator and selected judges. ​​Winners will be announced publicly on September 26, 2022. 

2022 Winners will be invited to present at the 2022 MABA conference in St. Louis, MO!

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Paper Competition Coordinator, Dr. Annette Griffith ( or MABA Operations Coordinator, Dr. Julie Ackerlund Brandt (

2021 Winners

Applied Research Winner
Andrea Peterson
Michigan State University

Paper Title:
Teaching Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Recognize and Respond to Coworker Victimization
Basic Research Winner
Lesleigh Stinson
University of Florida
Paper Title:

Correspondence between Responses on an Internet Purchase Task and a Laboratory Progressive Ratio Task

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Prior Recipients

Alec Bernstein, Marcus Autism Center
Fernanda Oda, University of Kansas
Megan Vosters, University of Houston, Clear Lake
Matt Novak, Unviersity of Kansas

Elizabeth Foley, University of Kansas
Gideon Naude, University of Kansas

Jessica Juanico, Trumpet Behavioral Health
Michael Sofis, University of Kansas

Adam Briggs, University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute
Amy Henley, University of Kansas

Samantha Bergman, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Brent Kaplan, University of Kansas

Amy Harper, University of Kansas
Jason Hirst, University of Kansas

Matt Capriotti, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Veronica Howard, University of Kansas
Robin Kuhn, Central Michigan University
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