Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Behavior Analysis Program
Ramona Houmanfar

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1998

Biography

Ramona Houmanfar joined the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998. Dr. Ramona Houmanfar is a Professor of Psychology and serves as the Director of the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and an editorial board member of Behavior and Social Issues, trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and Chair of the Organizational Behavior Management Section of Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Dr. Houmanfar is also the former senior co-chair of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Director of the Organizational Behavior Management Network and President of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Houmanfar has published over sixty peer reviewed articles and chapters, delivered more than 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences in the areas of behavioral systems analysis, cultural behavior analysis, leadership in organizations, rule governance, communication networks, instructional design, and bilingual repertoire analysis and learning. She has published co-edited books titled "Organizational Change" (Context Press) and "Understanding Complexity in Organizations" (Taylor & Francis Group). Her third co-edited book titled "Leadership & Cultural Change" was recently published by Taylor & Francis Group.

Research Interests

  • Organizational behavior management
  • Cultural psychology
  • Rule-governed behavior
  • Verbal and communication networks
  • Instructional design

Notable Achievements

  • Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
  • Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Undergraduate: Self-Paced, Interactive Network Systems of Instruction for Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101).

Courses

  • PSY 101 - Self-Paced, Interactive Network Systems of Instruction for Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 767 - Behavior Management and Consultation (PSY 767)
  • PSY 769 - Behavioral Systems Analysis

Publications

  • Houmanfar, R., A., & Mattaini, M. (Eds.)(2018). Leadership & Cultural Change: Managing Future Well-Being. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN: 978-1-138-56061-1
    Webpage: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138560611
  • Alavosius, M. P., Houmanfar, R. A., Anbro, S., Burleigh, K., & Hebein, C. (2017). Leadership and crew resource management in high-reliability organizations: A competency framework for measuring behaviors. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37, 142-170.
  • Reimer, D., Houmanfar, R. A. (2017). Internalities and Their Applicability for Organizational Practices. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37, 5-31.
  • Brayko, C. A., Houmanfar, R. A., Ghezzi, E. L. (2016). Organized Cooperation: A behavioral perspective on volunteerism. Behavior and Social Issues, 25, 77-98.
  • Baker, T. K., Smith, G. S., Houmanfar, R., Jacobs, N. N., Tolles, R., Kuhls, D., Piasecki, M. (2016). A deeper look at implicit weight bias in medical students. Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice, 21(4).
  • Houmanfar, R. A., Mattaini, M. A. (2016). Leadership and cultural change: Implications for Behavior Analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 39(1), 41-46.
  • Maraccini, A. M., Houmanfar, R. A., & Szarko, A. (2016). Motivation and complex verbal phenomena: Implications for organizational research and practice. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 36, 282-300.
  • Wilhite, C. J. & Houmanfar, R. (2015). Mass news media and American culture: An interdisciplinary approach. Behavior and Social Issues, 24, 88-110.
  • Houmanfar, R., A., Alavosius, M. P., Morford, Z. H., Reimer, D., Herbst, S. A.(2015). Functions of Organizational Leaders in Cultural Change: Financial and Social Well-being. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 35, 4-27.
  • Brown, L., & Houmanfar, R.(2015). The Cost of Affluence: A Closer Look at the Food Industry. Behavior and Social Issues, 24, 4-22.
  • Chase, J., Houmanfar, R., Hayes, S., Ward, T., Plumb,J.,& Follette, V. (2013). Values are not just goals: Online ACT-based values training adds to goal setting in improving undergraduate college student performance (2013). Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2, 79-84.
  • Houmanfar, R., & Ward, T. A. (2012). Value Clarification & Perspective Taking in Effective Organizational Change Processes. Journal of Applied Radical Behavior Analysis. N1, 92-97.
  • Houmanfar, R., & Ward, T. A. (2012). An Interdisciplinary Account of Martyrdom as a Religious Practice. Latin American Journal of Psychology, 44, 65-75.
  • Houmanfar, R. A., Rodrigues, N. J., & Ward, T. A., (2010). Emergence & Metacontingency: Points of Contact and Departure. Behavior and Social Issues, 20.
  • Herbst, S. A., & Houmanfar, R. (2009). Psychological approaches to values in organizations and organizational behavior management. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. 29, 48-68.
  • Houmanfar, R., Hayes, L. J., & Fredericks, D. W. (2001). Religion and cultural survival. Psychological Record,51, 19-37.
  • Houmanfar, R., & Johnson, R. (2003). Organizational Implications of Gossip and Rumor. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 23 (2/3), 117-138.
  • Hayes, L., & Houmanfar, R. (2004). Units and measures: A response to Glenn & Malott. Behavior & Social Issues, 13, 106-110.
  • Alavosius, M. P., Houmanfar, R., & Rodriquez, N. J. (2005). Unity of Purpose/Unity of Effort: Private-sector Preparedness in Times of Terror. Disaster Prevention and Management, 14, 1-15.
  • Houmanfar, R., & Rodrigues, N. J. (2006). Behavior analysis & cultural analysis: Points of contact and departure. Behavior and Social Issues, 15, 13-30.