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R. Douglas Greer

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.M.E., M.M.E., Florida State University; Ph.D., University of Michigan

Scholarly Interests

Verbal Behavior Development, Instruction by Language Development Interactions, Basic and Applied Sciences of Teaching, Social Conditioned Reinforcement

Selected Publications

Books (Current) Greer, R. D. (2002). Designing teaching strategies: An applied behavior analysis systems approach. New York: Academic Press. Gary Phye (Series Editor), Educational Psychology Series: Critical Reviews of Research Knowledge, Theories, Principles, and Practices. (Selected to be available online as well as in print by Elsevier Press). In Press Greer, R. D., & Ross, D. E., (in press). Verbal behavior analysis: Developing and expanding complex communication in children severe language delays. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. In Progress Greer, R. D., Ross, D., Singer-Dudek, J. Keohane, D., Nuzzolo, & Chavez-Brown, M. (In Progress). Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis: A Student-Centered Science of Instruction, Motivation, and Management (Tentative Title 12/26/04). Under Contract for Publication by Allyn & Bacon, Scheduled for Publication in 2007/8 Experimental Research Articles Published 2006 (as of February 2006) Tsai, H. & Greer, R. D. (2006). Conditioned preference for books and faster acquisition of textual responses by preschool children. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions.3.1, 35-60. available online at Longano, J. & Greer, R. D. (2006). The effects of a stimulus-stimulus pairing procedure on the acquisition of conditioned reinforcement for observing and manipulating stimuli by young children with autism. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Interventions, 3.1,135-150. Retrieved February 22 from Pistoljevic, N. and Greer, R. D. (2006). The Effects of Daily Intensive Tact Instruction on Preschool Students' Emission of Pure Tacts and Mands in Non-Instructional Setting. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions, 103-120. Available Schauffler, G. and Greer, R. D. (2006). The Effects of Intensive Tact Instruction on Audience-Accurate Tacts and Conversational Units and Conversational Units. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions, 120-132. Available online at Reilly-Lawson, T. and Greer, R. D. (2006). Teaching the Function of Writing to Middle School Students with Academic Delays. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions, 151-169. Available online at Experimental Research Published in 2005 Greer, R. D., Stolfi, L., Chavez-Brown, M., & Rivera-Valdez, C. (2005). The emergence of the listener to speaker component of naming in children as a function of multiple exemplar instruction. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 21, 123-134. Greer, R. D., Chavez-Brown, M.. Nirgudkar, A. S., Stolfi, L., & Rivera-Valdes, C. (2005). Acquisition of fluent listener responses and the educational advancement of young children with autism and severe language delays. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 6 (2), xxxxx-xxx. Greer, R. D., Yuan, L. & Gautreaux, G. (2005). Novel dictation and intraverbal responses as a function of a multiple exemplar history. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 21, 99-116. Bahadorian, A. J. & Greer, R. D. (2005). CABAS parent education: Increasing child compliance via parental emission of unflawed commands and contingent consequations during child play. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Interventions, 2, 213-221. Karmali, I., Greer, R. D., Nuzzolo-Gomez, R., Ross, D. E., & Rivera-Valdes, C. Reducing Palilalia by Presenting Tact Corrections to Young Children with Autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 21, 145-154. Keohane, D, & Greer, R. D. (2005). Teachers use of verbally governed algorithm and student learning. Journal of Behavioral and Consultation Therapy, 1 (3), 249-259. Available online at

honors and awards

HBSE 4015: Applied behavior analysis I

Basic applications for learners without reading or writing repertoires. Strategic applications of the science of behavior to instruction, management, curriculum-based assessment, isolation of locus of learning/behavior problems, and measurably effective instructional practices.

HBSE 4016: Applied behavior analysis II

Prerequisite: HBSE 4015. Advanced applications to learners with writing, reading, and self-editing repertoires. Teaching operations and curricula designed to teach academic literacy, self-management, and problem solving. Data-based applications required. Special fee: $15.

HBSE 4017: Applied behavior analysis III: School-wide systems applications

Applications of behavior analysis to the schooling system that incorporates educating and working with families, providing classroom and school leadership, coordinating support personnel efforts across the school and home, and the development of learner independence through advanced scientifically based pedagogy and functional curriculum design, including computer-based instruction.

HBSE 5312: Advanced practica in special education: Research

Guided experiences in selected special education programs for advanced students. Weekly seminar meetings. Supervised group field visits. Preservice internships arranged. Students submit reports analyzing experiences.

HBSE 5904: Problems in special education: Applied behavioral analysis and behavioral disorders

Qualified students work individually or in small groups under guidance on practical research problems. Proposed work must be outlined prior to registration; final written report required.

HBSE 6008: Behaviorism and the science of behavior

Permission required (for Ph.D. students in Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Disorders). A survey comparing and contrasting the various behaviorisms including: methodological behaviorism, paradigmatic behaviorism, interbehaviorism, social behaviorism, radical behaviorism, behavior selection, and the relationship of these to pragmatism, natural selection, positivism, and their historical roots of behavior selection and natural selection in the Scottish enlightenment.

HBSE 6015: The verbal behavior model: Individual educational programming

Prerequisites: HBSE 4015 and HBSE 4043. Students will master Skinners model of communicative behavior, the associated literature, and major theoretical papers. Research and data-based schooling applications of the model will be made to pedagogy and curriculum.

HBSE 6031: Single-case experimental design in education, medicine, and therapy

Permission required. Course covers inter-subject and intrasubject designs, repeated measurement, generality, relevant statistical techniques, direct and systematic replication, and selection of group or single case designs. Offered once every three years.

HBSE 6404: Advanced internships in special education: Behavioral disorders

Permission required. Post-masters level. Intensive in-service internship at agency chosen to meet individual students needs. Students submit reports analyzing experiences.

HBSE 6504: Advanced seminars in special education: Applied behavior analysis and behavioral disorders

For doctoral students in special education and related fields. Recent developments in theory and research as related to the specialization from psychological, educational, sociological, and/or medical sources.

HBSE 8904: Dissertation advisement in special education: Behavioral disorders

Advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see catalog on continuous registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Centers and Projects

Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities

The Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities confronts the challenges facing special education today through its commitment to the production of knowledge and professional expertise aimed at supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. The broad-based research, evaluation, and demonstration activities of the Center reflect an emphasis on empowering people with disabilities by increasing their capacity and opportunities for self-determination, reducing their vulnerability to victimization and abuse, and addressing the disability-related issues of culturally and ethnically diverse groups, including women and minorities. The Center encourages national and international partnerships aimed at strengthening the connection between research and policy.

Hsu-Min Chiang

Contact Information:
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(212) 678-8346

R. Douglas Greer appeared in the following articles:

Writing the Book on Language (12/12/2007)

Student Profiles: Yasmin Helou (7/22/2007)

The Unorthodox Behaviorist (4/6/2007)