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Ron Van Houten

Ron Van Houten

Ron Van Houten

Office: (269) 387-4471

3752 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5439

Mailing address
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5439 USA

Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1972
M.A., Dalhousie University, 1969
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1968

Dr. Ron Van Houten is professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty. He has published research in the areas of energy conservation, developmental disabilities and autism, clinical applications and educational applications of behavior analysis. Dr. Van Houten has published in several of the SEAB journals with six publications in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and 32 publications in the Journal of Analysis Behavior Analysis.

Research interests

  • Traffic safety
  • Simulation research
  • Community/organizational psychology

Areas of expertise

  • Behavior analysis
    Traffic safety, pedestrian safety, intelligent transportation system, traffic calming, bicycle safety, seat belt use, reducing impaired driving, community/organizational psychology, developmental disabilities and education.
  • Industrial/Organizational
    His research interests include all aspects of traffic and pedestrian safety, the use of technology to implement behavioral principles, and driving and aircraft simulation research (he has driving and aircraft simulators in his lab). Dr. Van Houten has received over $2 million dollars in grant funding for his work from several different funding sources, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Texas A&M Research Foundation. Dr. Van Houten, who has over 120 publications, has served as an associate editor for several behavioral journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and is on the editorial board for nine other behavioral journals.