Edward K. Morris

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Applied Behavioral Science
Professor
Primary office:
785-864-0519
Dole Human Development Center
Room 4017
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045


Edward K. Morris (University of Illinois, M.A 1974, Ph.D. 1976) teaches and conducts research in the historical and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis, seeking integration and complementarities between behavior analysis and other behavioral, psychological, and social sciences. He has served as president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Division 25 for Behavior Analysis of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Division 26 for the History of Psychology of the APA. He is a Fellow in ABAI, APA Divisions 25 and Division 26, and the Association for Psychological Science. He has been editor of the The Behavior Analyst, The Interbehaviorist, and The APA Division 25 Recorder. He was the chair of the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas from 2000 to 2015.

Education

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Illinois

M.A., Psychology, University of Illinois

B.S., Psychology, Denison University

Teaching

My teaching and advising interests are in the historical and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis as a discipline and a practice; the historical and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis in the history and systems of psychology; and the natural history of behavior (e.g., language, cognition; emotion); and legal, ethical, and professional issues in teaching, research, and service.

Teaching Interests

  • Behavior analysis
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • The natural history of behavior
  • Verbal behavior
  • Professional issues.

Research

My research and scholarship are in the historical and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis as a discipline and a practice; the historical and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis in the history and systems of psychology; the integration and complementarities of behavior analysis with the biological, psychological, and cognitive sciences; and professional issues in teaching, research, and service.

Research Interests

  • Behavior analysis
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • The experimental analysis of behavior
  • Applied behavior analysis

Service

My service occurs at multiple levels: department (Graduate Studies), college (Undergraduate Studies), state (Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis); and the profession (editorial boards, convention programming, association governance, program accreditation).

Selected Publications

Morris, E. K., Altus, S. E., & Smith, N. G. (2013). A study in the founding of applied behavior analysis through it publications. The Behavior Analyst, 36, 70-111.

Morris, E. K. (2003). Behavior analysis and a modern psychology: Programs of direct action. In K. A. Lattal & P. N. Chase (Eds.), Behavior theory and philosophy (pp. 275-298). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

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