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Dr. Bryan Raudenbush
Department Chair
Email: raudenbc@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2330

Dr. Michael Austin Kirkpatrick

Michael Austin Kirkpatrick
Department of Psychology

Associate Professor of Psychology
M.A.,Ph.D., The University of Mississippi
Major, Psychology; Minor, Behavioral Pharmacology
B.A., Lynchburg College
Double Major: Philosophy and Psychology

Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Office: Donahue 243D
Phone: 304-243-4429
Fax: 304-243-4441


Ph.D., M.A. (1984-1989). The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 38677
Thesis and dissertation director: Stephen C. Fowler
Major: Psychology
Minor: Behavioral Pharmacology

B.A. (1980-1984). Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA 24501
Majors: Philosophy and Psychology (double).

Professional Experience:

2006-present, Associate Professor of Psychology (Starting Fall 2006; tenured 2010).
Psychology Department, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV 26003

2003-2006, Associate Professor of Psychology --Tenured August 2005, Assistant Professor of Psychology, 8/00 - 5/03).
Psychology Program, Wesley College, Dover, DE 19901

1996-2000, Assistant Professor of Psychology
School of Sciences, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA 24501

1996 (1/96-5/96), Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301

1994-1995 (8/94-5/95) Teacher/Head Teacher
Wego School, 50 Ju-Hai Road, Pei Tou, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

1993-1994 (9/93-1/94) Program Director
Mediplex Rehabilitation Center of the North Shore, 70 Granite Street, Lynn, MA 01904

1990-1993, Assistant Program Director 9/92 9/93, Behavior Analyst 9/90-9/91, Program Evaluation Coordinator/Behavior Analyst. 9/91-9/92.
Datahr Rehabilitation Institute (Ability Beyond Disability), 135 Old State Road, Brookfield, CT 06804

1989-1990 (9/89 7/90), Psychologist I 12/89-7/90, Associate Psychologist 8/89-12/89
North Mississippi Regional Center, Highway 7 Bypass, Oxford, MS 38655

Courses Taught:

Behavior Modification
Applied Behavior Analysis
History and Systems of Psychology
General Psychology
Health Psychology
Research in Applied Behavior Analysis
Research Methods
Statistics for Social Scientists
Statistics Laboratory
Physiological Psychology
Physiological Psychology Laboratory
Learning Theory
Psychology of Learning Laboratory
Advanced General Psychology
Social Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Psychology of Aging
Drugs and Behavior
Westover Honors Thesis
Directed Research
Sport Psychology
Laut Honors Seminar
Cognitive Psychology
Relaxation & Arousal Regulation
Behaviorism (seminar)

Research interests:

Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Behavior Analytic Approaches to "Mental" Imagery
  • Heart Rate Discrimination and Differentiation Learning
  • Behavior Analysis in Sport, Health, and Fitness
  • History and Philosophy of Psychology
  • Human Evolution


Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Groves, A. S. (2010). Verbal feedback facilitates heart rate discrimination and differentiation. European Journal of Behavior Analysis.

Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Lesser, A. D. (2010). A procedure for framing visual imagery as conditioned behavior. Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine, 3, 196-215.

Kirkpatrick, M. A., Stant, K., Downes, S. & Gaither, L. (2008). Perceived locus of control and academic performance: Broadening the construct's applicability. Journal of College Student Development, 49, 486-496.

Post, A. R. & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (2004). Toilet training for a young boy with pervasive developmental disorder. Behavioral Interventions, 19, 45-50.

Anderson, G. & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (2002). Variable effects of a behavioral treatment package on the performance of inline roller speed skaters. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35, 195-198.

Buck, G. H., Polloway, E. A., Kirkpatrick, M. A., Patton, J. R. & Fad, K. M. (2000). Developing Behavioral Intervention Plans: A Sequential Approach. Intervention in School and Clinic, 36, 3-9.

Fowler, S. C. & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (1989). Behavior-decrementing effects of low doses of haloperidol result from disruption in rats' control of force and duration of response. Behavioural Pharmacology, 1, 123 132.

Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Fowler, S. C. (1989). Force proportional reinforcement: Pimozide dose not reduce rats' emission of higher forces for sweeter rewards. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 32, 499 504.

Kirkpatrick, M. A. & Fowler, S. C. (1989). Operant force band differentiation by rats using two different response topographies. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 27, 52 54.

McClure, J. T., Moss, R. A., McPeters, J. W. & Kirkpatrick, M. A. (1986). Reduction of hand mouthing by a boy with profound mental retardation. Mental Retardation, 24, 219 222.

Editorial, Review and Service Activities:

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine (JBHM). Behavior Analysis Online; Joe Cautilli Lead Editor and Publisher. September 2007 to December 2010.
Senior Associate Editor, August, 2006 to September 2007.

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA). Phil Ward, Associate Editor to Pat Friman, Editor of JABA. October, 2006.

Treasurer/Webmaster; Health, Sport and Fitness (HSF) Special Interest Group (SIG), Association for Behavior Analysis: International. May 2008-May 2009.
Chair/Treasurer May 2004-May 2008.
Chair; May 2002-May 2004.

Consulting Editor, Remedial and Special Education. A Publication of PRO-ED Journals. Successive 3-year terms; December, 1999 to present.

Member, Board of Directors, Camp Child, PO Box 4621, Lynchburg, VA 24502. A not-for-profit, area summer educational camp for children with learning disabilities. Sept 1999-June, 2000.

Virginia Center on Aging, Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, Peer Reviewer. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. June, 1998.


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