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W. Larry Williams

Professor Emeritus


W. Larry Williams, Ph. D, BCBA-D, is a professor of psychology and the past director of the behavior analysis program (2008-2011) at the University of Nevada, Reno.

After gaining his doctoral degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada, he helped establish and later directed the first graduate program in special education in Latin America at the Federal University at Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, teaching over an eight year period. He subsequently directed several clinical programs for persons with intellectual disabilities at Surrey Place Center in Toronto, Canada, over a 10 year period.

Williams has been awarded the status of Member Emeritus (1994) and also received the Outstanding Teaching Award (2006) from the Ontario Association for Behavior Analysis, and he was the University's distinguished Outreach Faculty for 2012.

Having published several books and more than 60 journal articles and book chapters, he maintains a lab group with interests in conditional discrimination processes, relational responding, verbal behavior, clinical assessment and interventions, and staff training and management systems for human services delivery.

Research Interests

  • Conditional discrimination processes
  • Relational responding
  • Verbal behavior
  • Clinical assessment and interventions
  • Staff training and management systems for human services delivery

Notable Honors

  • University of Nevada, Reno Distinguished Outreach Faculty 2012
  • ABAI Enduring Program Contribution Award 2010
  • ONTABA Outstanding Teaching Award - 2008
  • ONTABA Member Emeritus- 1994


  • Ph.D., University of Manitoba, 1977
  • M.A., University of Manitoba, 1974
  • B.A., University of Manitoba, 1970