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Psychology/Comm Bldg, Room 101
Matthew Normand
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Visiting Scholars

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.

Community Involvement

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
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 Greg Hanley
Topic: Reinforcement in Clinical Practice 



Dr. Hank Schlinger - October 2009 Hank Schlinger
Topic: Understanding Verbal Behavior



Dr. Tim Vollmer - January 2010 Tim Vollmer
Topic: Differential Reinforcement - Some Things
 Your Textbook Forgot to Tell You 



Dr. Brian Iwata - July 2010 Brian Iwata
Topic: Current Issues in Functional Assessment
and Analysis 



Dr. Linda LeBlanc - December 2010 Linda LeBlanc
Topic: Advanced Approaches to Intensive Behavioral 
Intervention (with Dr. Caio Miguel)



Dr. Dave Palmer - August 2011 Dave Palmer
Topic: Understanding Complex Behavior: Genes, Environment,
and Behavior (with Dr. Susan Schneider)



Dr. Tim Vollmer - January 2012 Tim Vollmer
Topic: From Obesity to Child Maltreatment: 
Behavior Analytic Research on Socially Significant Issues



Dr. Ken Silverman - October 2012 Ken Silverman
Topic: Behavioral Approaches to Health and Wellness



Dr. Dave Wilder - July  2013Dave Wilder
Topic: Methods of Assessing and Increasing Compliance in Children with Autism and Related Disabilities 



Dr. Jim Carr - July  2013Jim Carr
Topic: Understudied Intervention Procedures in the Early Behavioral Treatment of Autism