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Parsons Research Recognized

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
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Kathryn Saunders, Ph.D.

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Dean Williams, Ph.D.

Parsons researchers are among a small group of individuals who have published in both the flagship basic research journal, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB) and the flagship journal of applied research, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) in the past 5 years.

Kate Saunders and Dean Williams are senior scientists at Parsons, Adam Doughty was a postdoctoral trainee at Parsons, Shannon Doughty conducted her dissertation work at Parsons and Cynthia Anderson was Shannon's advisor at West Virginia University. Shannon's dissertation resulted in a sequence of two papers by all five authors with publication in both journals. They are among 38 authors with at least one article in both JEAB and JABA from 2006 through 2010.

In their article, Translational Research: It's not 1960s Behavior Analysis, Alan Poling and Timothy Edwards note, "only 3.6% of the total number of authors (38 of 1,061) published in both journals." Inclusion in this small group of researchers with proven skills in both basic and applied research emphasizes the breadth of expertise and knowledge for which the Parsons Research Center is well known.

Among other projects and research activities, Drs. Saunders and Williams, along with nine other University of Kansas faculty from several academic departments, serve as mentors with the Postdoctoral Training in Translational Research on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities training program preparing trainees for a translational research career. Poling and Edwards' article concludes, "In a 2010 special issue of JEAB devoted to translational research … the journal's editor, James Mazur, wrote the following:"

In the five decades of JEAB's existence, basic research has produced a wealth of new knowledge about the behavior of individual organisms. The recent growth of the quantity and variety of translational research is a sign that the time is right for tapping into this reservoir of data, theoretical explanations, and concepts, and demonstrating their importance outside the laboratory. (p. 292)


Mazur, J. (2010). Editorial: Translational research in JEAB. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 93, 291-292.

Poling, A., & Edwards, T. L. (2011). Translational research: It's not 1960s behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 34, 23-26.

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