Dr. Mitch Fryling

Interbehaviorism and the Evolution of Behavior Analysis

The interbehavioral position is relatively unknown, underrepresented, and/or misrepresented throughout behavior analysis. While the reasons for this may be debated, the relevance of interbehavioral thinking to behavior analysis has become increasingly apparent as the field continues to evolve in various ways. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the general features of both interbehaviorism and interbehavioral psychology, and consider the implications of interbehavioral thinking for several areas of work in behavior analysis. In particular, contemporary work related to reinforcement theory, organizational behavior
management, cultural analysis, and functional contextualism will be discussed and interpreted from an interbehavioral perspective. The presentation will conclude with implications and opportunities to further incorporate the interbehavioral approach within behavior analysis.

About Mitch Fryling

Mitch Fryling received his B.S. and M.A. from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently an Associate Professor at California State University, Los Angeles, where he is also Chair of the Division of Special Education & Counseling. Mitch’s primary interests are in the area of behavioral theory and philosophy, and especially interbehaviorism and interbehavioral psychology. He has published many papers on these topics and is passionate about disseminating interbehaviorism and its implications for more mainstream behavior analysis. Mitch also conducts research with graduate students and is currently a co-investigator on a federal training grant to support master’s students in both ABA and Early Childhood Special Education. He is co-editor (with Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Jonathan Tarbox, and Linda Hayes) of a forthcoming text, Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition: Concepts and Principles for Practitioners (New Harbinger). Finally, Mitch is the current Editor of The Psychological Record (a journal founded by J. R. Kantor), and serves on the Accreditation Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.