Derek D. Reed

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Applied Behavioral Science
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 4048
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555


Dr. Derek Reed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas where he directs the Applied Behavioral Economics Laboratory. Derek received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and his Masters and PhD in School Psychology from Syracuse University. He has served as Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and The Psychological Record, and guest Associate Editor for The Behavior Analyst, Journal of Behavioral Education, and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He serves as a reviewer on the editorial boards of The Behavior Analyst, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Derek has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, coauthored three edited books, and was the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 25 B. F. Skinner Foundation New Applied Researcher Award. He is presently working on a new textbook titled “Introduction to Behavior Analysis” with his coauthors Greg Madden and Mark Reilly. Derek recently served on the ABAI Science Board and is presently the Executive Director of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior. Derek's research translates the behavioral economics of addiction to understanding ultraviolet indoor tanning dependence in college populations.

Teaching Interests

  • Behavioral economics
  • Behavioral psychology
  • Decision making
  • Experimental analysis of behavior
  • History of behavior analysis
  • Learning theory
  • Operant methods
  • Operant psychology
  • Quantitative analysis of behavior
  • Research methods and design
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