2021: M. Jackson Marr

M. Jackson (Jack) Marr received the BS degree in 1961 from Georgia Tech, where he studied mathematics, physics, engineering, and psychology. He received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with a minor in physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1966. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Georgia Tech.


Dr. Marr is one of five founding Fellows of ABAI, a Fellow of Divisions 25 (Behavior Analysis) and 3 (Experimental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society, and a Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences Honoree. He was twice elected president of ABAI (most recently in 2015), and was president of APA Division 25 and the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis. He was also an APA Council member representing Division 25.


The past editor of Behavior and Philosophy, Dr. Marr continues to serve on its editorial board. He is also review editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, a position he has held since 1998. He served as the co-editor of Revista Mexicana de Análisis de la Conducta and was an associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and The Behavior Analyst. He was also an experimental representative on the ABAI Executive Council, served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.


Dr. Marr has been particularly active in support and development of behavior analysis in Great Britain, Mexico, Brazil, China, Europe, and the Middle East. He was a Research Fellow in Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and a visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and was invited to Jacksonville State University with an Eminent Scholar award. He was a Navy contractor for Project Sanguine and an AIEE Senior Fellow at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory. From 1991–2012 he was involved through NSF grants and other support in the assessment and improvement of engineering education. This work included design of instructional systems to teach calculus-based engineering physics. Current scholarly interests include dynamical systems theory, the quantitative analysis of behavior, creativity, and theoretical/conceptual issues in behavior analysis.


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