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Kathryn J. Saunders, PhD

Senior Scientist
Courtesy Professor, Applied Behavioral Science
PhD. Psychology, University of Florida
Primary office:
620-421-6550 ext. 1891
Parsons Research Center

Areas of Interest

Instructional programming

Early reading skills, especially the development of the alphabetic principle

Stimulus control

Chronic aberrant behavior

Intellectual and developmental disabilities


Funded Projects

Recombinative Generalization of within Syllable Units in MR (PI)

Laboratory Models of Maladaptive Escape Behaviors (Dean Williams, PI)


Representative Publications and Presentations

Saunders, K. J. (in press). A stimulus-control analysis of early reading skills. In W. Fisher, C. Piazza, & H. Roane (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Doughty, S. S., Anderson, C. M., Doughty, A. H., Williams, D. C., & Saunders, K. J. (2007). Discriminative control of punished stereotyped behavior in humans. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 87, 325-336.

Saunders, K. J., & DeFulio, A. (2007). Phonological awareness and rapid naming predict word attack and word identification in adults with mild mental retardation. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 112, 155-166.

Saunders, K. J. (2007). Word-attack skills in individuals with mental retardation. Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 13, 78-84.

Williams, D. C., Johnston, M. D., & Saunders, K. J. (2006). Intertrial sources of stimulus control and delayed matching-to-sample performance in humans. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 86, 253-267.

O’Donnell, J., & Saunders, K. J. (2003). Equivalence relations in individuals with language limitations and mental retardation. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 80, 131-157. 

Saunders, K. J., O’Donnell, J., Vaidya, M., & Williams, D. C. (2003). Recombinative generalization of within-syllable units in nonreading adults with mental retardation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36, 95-99.

O’ Donnell, J., & Saunders, K. J. (2003). Equivalence relations in individuals with language limitations and mental retardation. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 80, 131-157.

Mueller, M. M., Olmi, D. Joe, & Saunders, K. J. (2000). Recombinative generalization of within-syllable units in prereading children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 33, 515-531.

Saunders, K. J., & Williams, D. C. (1998). Stimulus-control procedures. In K. A. Lattal & M. Perone (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in human operant behavior (pp. 193-228). New York: Plenum.


Awards and Service

President, Division 25 of the American Psychological Association

Associate Editor, The Behavior Analyst

Board of Editors, The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Board of Directors, Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Associate Editor, Board of Editors: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Grant Reviewer, NIH, SBIR Special Emphasis Panel


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