2016: Alan D. Poling

Dr. Alan Poling is Professor of Psychology at Western Michigan University (WMU). He received his BA from Alderson-Broaddus College, his MA from West Virginia University (WVU), and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. A Fellow of Divisions 3, 25, and 28 of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Poling has published 12 books and roughly 350 articles and book chapters and served as the research advisor of 35 Ph.D. recipients. They, and he, have conducted research and done conceptual work in several areas, including behavioral pharmacology, clinical psychopharmacology (with special emphasis on the effects of psychotropic drugs in people with developmental disabilities), applied behavior analysis, gender issues, animal welfare, quantitative analysis, learning processes, and research methods. Dr. Poling was recognized as a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at WMU in 1996 and as a Distinguished Alumnus of WVU in 1999. In 2003, he received the WMU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award. In 2016, he will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the International Humanitarian Award from APA.


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