Ellen P. Reese (1926-1997) was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1926. In 1944 she entered Mount Holyoke College where she stayed for 50 years, ending her career in 1994 as the Norma Cutts Dafoe Professor of Psychology. Reese was a renowned scientist, scholar, teacher, mentor and role model, especially in the professional development of women. Reese devoted her career to teaching the foundations from which all behavior-analytic work started. She wrote and produced groundbreaking laboratory manuals, films, and texts that described and illustrated the science of behavior and its application. She authored the book Analysis of Human Operant Behavior (1966) and her four-part film, Behavior Theory in Practice (1965) was translated into over 40 languages and introduced thousands of people to basic and applied behavior analysis. Reese served as the President of APA’s Division of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Director of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. She has been included on APA’s list of “100 Most Important Women in Psychology.”
Learn more about Ellen Reese: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2731382/pdf/behavan00015-0138.pdf
Women in Behavior Analysis (WIBA) has the mission to empower, celebrate and mentor women behavior analysts and highlight their contributions to the field. The WIBA conference is held annually with the purpose to allow all genders to engage in meaningful discourse on gender equality for the promotion of behavior analysis and professional growth of future generations. https://thebaca.com/about-wiba/
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