Mitchell Fryling

Mitch Fryling, Ph.D.
Charter College of Education
Department of Special Education & Counseling
Office Location: KH C1032
Phone: 323-343-4400 Email: [email protected]


I received my B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently an Associate Professor and Division Chair in the Division of Special Education and Counseling. My primary scholarly interests are in the area of behavioral theory and philosophy, especially interbehaviorism and interbehavioral psychology (e.g., Fryling & Hayes, 2018). I am particularly interested in social issues (e.g., lying, relationships) and complex human behavior (e.g., thinking, feeling), and in improving the behavioral conceptualization of these topics. I recently finished co-editing a textbook Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition: Concepts and Principles for Practitioners (with Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Linda Hayes, and Jonathan Tarbox) which will appear early in 2020, and am currently co-editing a second texbook Applied Behavior Science in Organizations: Consilience of Historical and Emerging Trends in Organizational Behavior Management (with Ramona Houmanfar and Mark Alavosius). I am also a co-investigator (with Ya-Chih "Jilly" Chang) on a training grant that provides interdisciplinary training to stuents in both the M.S. Counseing program, option in Applied Behavior Analysis and M.A. in Special Education, option in Early Childhood Special Education degree programs. I publish and present my work regularly and am currently the Editor of The Psychological Record.  



My main goals as a professor are to help students achieve their goals and to disseminate the behavioral perspective as a foundation for socially important behavior change efforts (e.g., therapy and education).


As mentioned above, the majority of my work is philosophical/theoretical in nature, though I am also interested in a wide range of scholarly areas. I am also interested in doing empirical research with students and colleagues, especially as it relates to students completing various graduate program requirements (e.g., a thesis or dissertation). 



Sample of recent publications Date

Fryling, M. J., Rosales, R., & Baires, N. Observational Learning (in press). In R. A. Rehfeldt, J. Tarbox, M. Fryling, and L. Hayes (Eds.), Applied behavior analysis of language and cognition: Concepts and principles for practitioners. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

In Press

Hayes, L. J., & Fryling, M. J. (2018) Psychological events as integrated fields. The Psychological Record, 68, 273-277DOI:


Vazquez, M.,Fryling, M. J., & Hernandez, A. (2018) Assessing the treatment acceptability of  behavioral interventions for food selectivity. Behavior Modification. DOI: 10.1177/0145445517751435


Fernand, J., Saksena, K., Penrod, B., & Fryling, M. J. (2018). Feeding disorders: In J. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of Child Psychopathology & Developmental Disabilities: Treatment. New York, NY: Springer. 


Fryling, M. J., & Hayes, L. J. (2018). J. R. Kantor and behavior analysis. Conductual, 6, 86-94.  





Ph.D. Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

M.A. Psychology, Western Michigan University

B.S. Psychology, Western Michigan University