The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 324–335 | Cite as

Jack Michael’s Appointments at the University of Houston and Arizona State University: Reflections from a Former Student

  • John H. Mabry


Jack Michael was an early enthusiast for what is now called applied behavior analysis. His many seminal contributions were through early publications in applied behavior analysis and the work of the students he trained (e.g., T. Ayllon, M. M. Wolf). His close mentorship of students earned him acclaim as a teacher along with his many theoretical contributions to the literatures on verbal behavior and motivation, and behavior analysis in general. This paper is a series of personal reflections about Michael’s time and contributions at the University of Houston and Arizona State University, which preceded his lengthy tenure at Western Michigan University, where he spent the remainder of his career and is now an emeritus professor.


Behavior analysis Jack Michael Verbal behavior 



I appreciate the contributions to my memory from the following: Jon Bailey, Carl Cheney, Ed Crossman, Brian Jacobson, Ed Hanley, Scott Lawrence, Garry Martin, Carl Minke, J. Grayson Osborne, Rick Shull, and Sandra Wolf.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Human or animal participants were not employed for this manuscript, so informed consent was not necessary.

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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