2020: Leonard Green

Len Green received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After completing post-doctoral research, he ventured west of the Mississippi (despite thinking he still would remain east of it), where he is professor of psychological and brain sciences, professor of economics, and director of undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His research concerns choice and decision-making in rats, pigeons, and people, with a particular interest in models of self-control, impulsivity, and choice and decision-making. He is one of the developers of behavioral economics, a transdisciplinary field that combines the experimental methodology of psychology with the theoretical constructs of economics. He is co-author of the book Economic Choice Theory: An Experimental Analysis of Animal Behavior and editor of Advances in Behavioral Economics, the third volume of which is subtitled Substance Use and Abuse. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the McDonnell Center for Studies of Higher Brain Function. He served on the executive board of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, was president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (SEAB), and was editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He is a Fellow of ABAI and the Association for Psychological Science, and was president of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of the American Psychological Association. He received the Victor G. Laties Award for Lifetime Service from SEAB in 2018.



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