Scientific Translation

The Award for Scientific Translation is given for (1) successful translation from a basic phenomenon to application, (2) a basic investigation that is inspired by a clinical observation, or (3) technology transfer. Nominees do not have to be members of ABAI, and they may be individuals or research teams.


Category 1 represents experimental/theoretical innovations in behavior analysis with significant impact on applications. The impact should be demonstrated, but the winner does not have to carry out the applications. Category 2 represents cases in which a clinical or other applied observation leads directly to a fundamental understanding of behavior that had not previously existed. The link between the original observation and the basic research should be stated explicitly. The spirit of these awards is to recognize not just unidirectional translation (bench-to-bedside or bedside-to-bench) but also to recognize interactive efforts (bench-to-bedside and back). Category 3 (technology transfer) is for an individual or team in the public or private sector that addresses socially significant problems using methods directly linked to behavior analysis or that effectively incorporate behavioral principles.  


Award Recommendation Details 

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Leonard Green (2020)


Warren Bickel (2019)


Michael Perone (2018)


Anthony Biglan (2017)


Alan D. Poling (2016)


Ron Van Houten (2015)


George Bigelow and Maxine Stitzer (2013)


Pauline Horne and Charles Fergus Lowe (2012)


Dean L. Fixsen (2011)


William J. McIlvane (2010)


Humanitarian Award

Liliana Mayo (2018)


Previous Winners Under the Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis

Thomas McKenzie (2009) 


Michael Keenan (2008) 


Henry Pennypacker (2007)


Robert Horner (2006) 


Robert Mager (2005)


Michael Hemingway (2004), posthumously


Douglas Carnine (2003)


Richard Malott (2002)


Kent Johnson (2001)


Charles Schuster (2000)


Gerald Shook (1999)


Aubrey Daniels (1997)


Previous Winners Under the ABA Award Committee 

Brian Iwata (1996)


Gina Green (1995)


John Jacobson (1994)


Previous Winners Under the Award for Impact of Science on Application 

Travis Thompson (2009)


Murray Sidman (2008)


Steven Hayes (2007)


Nathan Azrin (2006)


Howard Rachlin (2005)


Tony Nevin (2004)