Mitchell Fryling (he/him/his)

Mitch Fryling, Ph.D.
College of Education
Office Location: KH D2070


Mitch received his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is currently interim dean in the College of Education. Mitch was previously a lecturer, professor, associate chair, chair, and associate dean at Cal State LA. Mitch's scholarly interests are diverse, including both applied/clinical and theoretical/philosophical areas. The majority of this work centers on interbehaviorism and interbehavioral psychology and involves efforts to incorporate interbehavioral thinking in behavior analysis (e.g., conceptualizing behavior as a participant in a complex, multi-factored field rather than a linear contingency). He has published many papers, book chapters, and given numerous presentations at conferences related to these issues over the years. Mitch is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral with a range of clinical experience working with children, families, consulting in schools, day programs, hospitals, and providing outpatient psychotherapy. 

Mitch recently co-edited two textbooks - Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition: Concepts and Principles for Practitioners (2020; with Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Linda Hayes, and Jonathan Tarbox) and Applied Behavior Science in Organizations: Consilience of Historical and Emerging Trends in Organizational Behavior Management (2021; with Ramona Houmanfar and Mark Alavosius). Mitch recently finished a text Interbehaviorism: A comprehensive guide to the foundations of Kantor's theory and it's applications for modern behavior analysis (co-authored with Linda Hayes) to be printed early in 2023. Mitch is co-investigator (with Ya-Chih "Jilly" Chang) on a training grant that provides interdisciplinary training to ABA and Early Childhood Special Education students, and alongside colleagues in the College of Education is also working on a grant with the CSU Center for Transformational Educator Prep Programs ( Mitch is also the current Editor of The Psychological Record (a journal founded by J. R. Kantor, the developer of interbehaviorism and interbehavioral psychology, in 1937).   


Conceptual Analysis of Behavior, Verbal Behavior, Ethics, Single-Case Research Design, Experimental Analysis of Behavior


Most of Mitch's research is conducted with students as they complete theses or dissertations. Recent work has focused on behavioral development, perspective-taking and interpersonal relationships, and topics related to clinical practice.


Sample of recent publications 2020-present



Houmanfar, R. A., Fryling, M., & Alavosius, M. A. (Eds.) (2021). 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.








Ph.D. Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

M.A. Psychology, Western Michigan University

B.S. Psychology, Western Michigan University                                                                                                                                                                                                  


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