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 Interim Associate Dean in the Charter College of Education. My primary scholarly interests are in the area of behavioral theory and philosophy, specifically interbehaviorism and interbehavioral psychology. I am also interested in social issues (e.g., lying, relationships) and complex human behavior (e.g., feeling, memory), and in improving the behavioral conceptualization of these topics.

I co-edited the textbook Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition: Concepts and Principles for Practitioners (with Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Linda Hayes, and Jonathan Tarbox) and have just finished 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 students 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

Houmanfar, R. A., Fryling, M., & Alavosius, M. A. (Eds.) (in press). Applied behavior science in organizations: Consilience of Historical and Emerging Trends in    Organizational Behavior Management.    

Fryling, M. J., Rehfeldt, R. A., Tarbox, J., & Hayes, L. (Eds.) (2020). Applied behavior analysis of language and cognition: Concepts and principles for practitioners. New Harbinger.

Fryling, M. J., Rosales, R., & Baires, N. Observational Learning (2020). In Fryling, M., R. A. Rehfeldt, J. Tarbox, and L. Hayes (Eds.), Applied behavior analysis of language and cognition: Concepts and principles for practitioners. New Harbinger.

Hayes, L. J., & Fryling, M. J. (2020). Principios compartidos en las investigaciones interconductuales. In V. Manuel Alcaraz (Ed.), Festschrift en honor de Emilio Ribes (pp. 379-399). Universidad Veracruzana.

Griffith, K., & Flannagan, J., Jimenez, A., & Fryling, M. J. (2020) Feeding problems: Treatment. In J. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of Dual Diagnosis: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment in Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (pp. 597-612). Springer.

Hayes, L. J., & Fryling, M. J. (2019). Descriptive and functional contextualism. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 14, 119-126.

Fryling, M. J. & Hayes, L. J. (2019). Interpersonal closeness and conflict in interbehavioral perspective. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 19, 131-140.

Eid, A., Jobeir, A., Alhaqbani, O., AlSaud, A., & Fryling, M. J. (2019). Assessment of parental acceptability and preference for behavioral interventions for childhood problem behavior in Saudi Arabia. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 41, 237-241.

Fryling, M., Zonneveld, K., Zaragoza, A., & McHugh, C. (2019). Feeding disorders. In J. Matson (Ed.) Handbook of intellectual disabilities: Integrating theory, research, and practice. (pp. 627-644). Springer.

Fryling, M. J. & Hayes, L. J. (2019). Behavioral systems theory and interbehavioral psychology: A brief reply. Behavioural Processes, 164, 1-3.

Solares, L., & Fryling, M. J. (2019) Further evaluation of the stimulus pairing observation procedure with children with autism spectrum disorder. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 35, 85-93.

Vazquez, M., Fryling, M. J., & Hernández, A. (2019) Assessing the treatment acceptability of behavioral interventions for food selectivity. Behavior Modification, 43, 273-287. DOI:








Ph.D. Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

M.A. Psychology, Western Michigan University

B.S. Psychology, Western Michigan University