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Colloquiums: 2013-14

Fall Welcome/Faculty Introduction
Friday, September 6, 2013

-Graduate Student Orientation
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Room 1718 Wood Hall
*New students are required to attend*

-Graduate Teaching Orientation
3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 1718 Wood Hall

-Psychology Faculty Colloquium
4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Room 1718 Wood

-Psychology Graduate Student Reception
5:30 - 7:30 p.m., First floor atrium, Wood Hall

-Happy Hour
7:45 p.m., University Roadhouse Bar and Grill
*All faculty and students are welcome to attend*

Undergrad Resourse Day
Graduate Student Organizations

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Location: Wood Hall, 1st Floor Atrium. Followed by Q&A in room 2734 Wood Hall

Come join us for an informative event geared towards helping you find your way into the field of Psychology. See flyer for more information.

Data Security

Greg Lozeau
Office of Information Technology
Western Michigan University

4:00 p.m. Friday September 20, 2013
Location: Wood Hall, Room 1718

*All graduate students and faculty are asked to attend*

Michigan Autism Conference

October 9 - 11, 2013
Western Michigan University Fetzer Center

Several noteworthy and prominent invited speakers will be on campus. For more information, visit

Career in Sales

Oliva Sitto
Total Quality Logistics

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Brown bag lunch
Location: Wood Hall, Room 2734

Grab some pizza and meet recruiters from TQL to learn more about how your Psychology degree can fit with a career in sales!

Preclinical Investigation of Behavioral and Pharmacological Interventions for Tobacco Addiction

Mark LeSage, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Department of Medicine
Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation

2:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013 - Colloquium
Location: Wood Hall, Room 1718

Immediately following presentation, Friday, October 11, 2013 - Happy Hour Celebration
Location: University Roadhouse Bar and Grill

Cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use are associated with over 400,000 deaths per year in the U.S..  Despite the availability of interventions for smoking cessation, their efficacy is limited and better interventions are needed.  This presentation will discuss the fundamentals of modeling smoking behavior in nonhumans for the purpose of evaluating behavioral and pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation.  Findings from preclinical studies in rats that examine the effects of alternative non-drug reinforcement, vaccines and nicotine-specific antibodies, and tobacco control policies being considered by the Food and Drug Administration will be discussed.

A Verbal Behavior Account of Analogical Reasoning

Caio Miguel, Ph.D.
California State University, Sacramento

12:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013 - Brown bag lunch with graduate students
Location: Wood Hall, Room 3713

4:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013 - Presentation
Location: Chemistry Building, Room 1720

The purpose of this talk is to describe the equivalence-equivalence model of analogical reasoning and a novel procedure that involves training relational tacts of stimulus compounds to establish simple propositional analogies. Our data have suggested that relational tact training may be sufficient to produce novel tacts, analogical reasoning, and component equivalence relations. Implications for future research and practice will be discussed.

So, You Want to Go to Graduate School!

Bette Ludwig
WMU, Department of Psychology Advising

4:00 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013
Location: Wood Hall, Room 1301

The Psychology Undergraduate Advising office will be sharing tips on how to get into graduate school and how to make yourself a competitive applicant. Faculty and current graduate students will also speak on a number of topics and experiences regarding admission into our graduate programs

Applications of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to Older Adults

Jon Baker, Ph.D.
Southern Illinois University

4:00 P.M., Friday, November 15, 2013
Room 1718, Wood Hall

The presence and impact of age-related language deficits have been acknowledged both the field within the field of behavior analysis (e.g., Gross, Fuqua, & Merritt, 2013; Skinner, 1957; Sundberg 1991) as well as the broader field of gerontology (Cohen-Mansfield & Werner, 1997), though relatively little research has focused on remediation of those deficits. This dearth of intervention research is partly related to the notion that age-related language deficits are the result of biological processes. However, there is growing support that environmental variables can and do play a role in language deficits among older adults. This talk will review data from a series of studies aimed at the assessment and treatment of age-related language deficits among older adults, as well as discuss directions and implications of future research.

Performance Management and Behavior Analysis at M&T Bank

Richard S. Gold
Executive Vice President
M&T Bank

4:00 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013
Location: Wood Hall, Room 1718

Mr. Gold is an Executive Vice President and heads M&T Bank’s Business Banking, Mortgage, Collections and Western Business Operations and is responsible for 2,000 employees working across 13 states. Since 2001 Rich has been working with Aubrey Daniels International, a behavioral consulting firm, to develop and implement performance management systems based on the principles of Behavior Analysis throughout his division. Mr. Gold will speak about the role Behavior Analysis has played at M&T Bank, as well as his own experience getting involved in Behavior Analysis.


Behavior Analysis in Urban Communities:  Lessons Learned from a Charter School Implementation

Denise Ross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
College of Education
DePaul University

4:00 p.m., January 17, 2014
Wood Hall, Room 1728

Each year, millions of elementary and secondary students in urban communities fail to perform academically on grade level, negatively affecting their post-secondary educational, social and financial outcomes. Garfield Park Preparatory Academy – a charter-contract school founded in Chicago Public Schools in 2009 – was established to improve academic outcomes for elementary students in an impoverished community by replicating the successful Accelerated Independent Learner (AIL) model of schooling developed at Columbia University. However, both school and community factors impacted the development and sustainability of the AIL model, the school, and its supporting systems. In this colloquium, factors that contributed to the school’s successes and failures are analyzed in the context of behavior analysis in schools.  Recommendations for implementing behavioral models of schooling in urban communities will be discussed.   

Denise Ross is an Associate Professor of Education in the Counseling and Special Education Department at DePaul University. She researches applications of verbal behavior to improve language and literacy deficits for students with and without disabilities, and is the co-author of Verbal Behavior Analysis: Inducing and Expanding New Verbal Capabilities in Children with Language Delays with R. Douglas Greer (Pearson, 2008).  To date, she has founded multiple preschool, elementary, and university programs in behavior analysis, including a charter-contract school in Chicago Public Schools.  Denise received her Ph.D. in Special Education from Columbia University in 1998.


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