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Speakers selected for 2012 APA Distinguished Scientist Lectures

Leona Aiken, Warren Bickel, and Howard Rachlin to be featured at regional conferences.

Psychologists Leona Aiken, Warren Bickel, and Howard Rachlin have been selected as speakers for the 2012 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs. Each of these scientists will give a featured address at a regional psychological association annual meeting.

Leona AikenLeona Aiken will speak on “Uncovering How Interventions Produce Behavior Change: Theoretical Models, Intervention Design, and Mediation Analysis” at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting, which will be held in Chicago, IL on May 3-5.  Aiken, a professor at Arizona State University, is known for her work in statistical methods and health psychology. 

Warren BickelWarren Bickel will speak on “Self Control Failure as a Trans-disease Process: Competing Decision Systems and Their Repair” at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association meeting to be held in Reno, Nevada on April 12-14.  Bickel is a professor and serves as director of the Center for Addiction Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  His recent research applies both behavioral economics and neuroscience approaches to understanding and treating drug dependence. 

Howard RachlinHoward Rachlin will speak on “Altruism: A Behavioral Analysis” at the New England Psychological Association meeting to be held in Worcester, MA on October 12-13. Rachlin is a professor emeritus at Stony Brook University.  His research examines such topics as self-control, social cooperation, addiction, and choice and decision making.


The APA Board of Scientific Affairs, with the support of regional association presidents, established the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program in 1990. The Distinguished Scientist Lectures, together with the G. Stanley Hall Lectures (sponsored by the APA Education Directorate), allow APA to support invited talks at regional meetings. See the APA website for additional information about the regional psychological associations.