Behavior Analysis Program

Linda J. Parrott Hayes, Ph.D.

Linda Hayes received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 1983 from Western Michigan University. She has held academic positions at West Virginia University (1980-83), and St. Mary´s University in Canada (1983-1987). She founded the Behavior Analysis Program at UNR in 1990 and had served as the Director of the Program until 2002. Her scholarly work focuses on behavior theory and philosophy, and the experimental analysis of human and animal behavior, the latter in conjunction with bio-medical engineers. Her applied work is in the area of behavioral systems analysis in higher education. Her entrepreneurial activities center on off-site delivery of graduate training in behavior analysis.


Philosophies of Interest

  • Interbehaviorism
  • Radical behaviorism

Theories of Interest

  • Verbal Behavior
  • Imagining
  • Dreaming
  • Thinking
  • Remembering
  • Feeling

Basic Human Research Interests

  • Response substitution
  • Rule governance
  • Relational responding
  • Stimulus substitution
  • Habituation
  • Contextual Control

Basic Animal Research Interests

  • Habituation
  • Animal modeling
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Automated shaping
  • Respondent conditioning
  • Psychoneuroimmunology

Applications of Interest

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Instructional design and technology
  • Higher education administration
  • Organizational behavior management
  • Systems

Development Interests

  • International dissemination of behavior analysis
  • Domestic accessibility of behavior analytic training


For further information please contact Dr. Parrott Hayes at:

Linda J. Parrott Hayes
Department of Psychology / 296
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

Phone #: (775) 682-8696
Fax #: (775) 784-1126


Behavior Analysis Program
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