As a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Florida, Dr. Brian Iwata is the field’s foremost researcher on functional analysis methodology of problematic behaviors. He has held faculty positions at both Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Western Michigan University before settling down at the University of Florida. After receiving his Ph.D. from Florida State University, Dr. Iwata set out to revolutionize the disciplines of behavioral and intellectual disorders, program development, and applied behavior analysis by accepting a director position at the Florida Center on Self-Injury and the University of Florida-ARC Prader-Willi Syndrome Program. He has served as the President of the Association of Behavior Analysis (1988-1989), Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (1995-1997), Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (1988-1989), the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (1992-1993), Division 33 of the American Psychological Association (1991-1992), and as a chair for Human Development Review Committee at the National Institute of Health (1984-1988).
Dr. Iwata has published over 200 articles, chapters and texts within the field, all while continuing his research and academic presence across the globe. He appears in numerous conferences, lectures, and journals to promote his work in applied behavior analysis all while bequeathing his knowledge upon his students. Half of all recipients of the B.F.