2011: Jacob L. Gewirtz

Dr.  Jacob L. Gewirtz has taught in psychology departments at the University of Chicago; Hebrew University of Jerusalem; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Temple University; and the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he was professor/director of the doctoral program in developmental psychology as well as professor of pediatrics. From 1956 to 1976, he served as chief of the Infant Conditioning and Development Lab in the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. In 1980, at Florida International University, he became chair of the psychology department, then served as director of the developmental psychology doctoral program, after which he established—and remains director of—the behavior analysis programs. He has served concurrently as clinical professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of Miami Medical School. His research interests are social and attachment learning and the roles of stimulus classes, as well as the learnings that affect early development, socialization, and intelligence. His long-term research interest is the concurrent conditioning of parental behavior by infant behavior, and vice versa, in routine settings.


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