Linda Hayes



Linda J. Hayes is a distinguished international professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba and her graduate degrees from Western Michigan University.

She was a member of the behavior analysis faculty at West Virginia University, while completing her doctorate, after which she returned to Canada, taking a position at St. Mary's University. Hayes co-founded the behavior analysis program at the University of Nevada, Reno, on a self-capitalization model and served as its director for more than a decade.

She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the training of behavior analysts including the Fred S. Keller Award for Teaching of Behavior Analysis from the American Psychological Association's Division 25, an Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Colleges and Universities, an Outstanding Alumna Award from Western Michigan University, and for the program she founded a Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis Award for Enduring Contributions to Behavior Analysis.

Hayes also founded and directs the University's satellite programs in behavior analysis, aimed at meeting the ever-growing demand for qualified practitioners in regions where appropriate training has been unavailable or inaccessible. Her efforts in this regard have earned her an International Development Award from the Latin Association for Behavior Analysis and Modification, a Global Engagement Award from the University of Nevada, Reno and a SABA International Development Award.

She is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has served the association in many capacities including coordination of its practice and education boards, as well as has served multiple terms on its executive council. Hayes' scholarly interests range from the experimental analysis of animal behavior to the logic of science. She is best known for her contributions to behavior theory and philosophy.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Western Michigan University, 1983

Research interests

  • Interbehaviorism
  • Radical behaviorism
  • Verbal behavior
  • Response substitution
  • Rule governance
  • Animal modeling