Szabo, Thomas

Assistant Professor
Behavior Analysis, School of

Hello - Welcome to the FIT Faculty Profile of Dr. Thomas G. Szabo. I am currently a faculty member in the Hybrid Master's Degree Program for Professional Behavior Analysis where I teach didactic, intensive practicum, and capstone project classes. I am a dyed in the wool contemporary Skinnerian behavior analyst as well as a contextual behavior scientist-practitioner trained in the research labs of Steven C. Hayes and W. Larry Williams at the University of Nevada, Reno.  

I value friendship, love, contributing to saving the world with behavior analysis, and personal health. For well over 40 years, I've been an avid rock, ice, and snow climber / skier.  On any given day, you'll find me buried in manuscripts and text books at my computer... or hanging from my limbs on an obscure cliff with absolutely no internet service whatsoever. 

Personal Overview

Dr. Szabo completed his masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he participated in the research labs of W. Larry Willams and Steven C. Hayes. His current research interests include a) relational frame theory applied to the development of complex verbal repertoires in children with autism and b) behavioral flexibility training with a variety of populations such as parents, children, organizational leaders, fitness trainees, and therapists in developing nations.

Educational Background

Master's and Doctorate in Psychology (Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nevada, Reno

Recognition & Awards

Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral

Association for Contextual Behavior Science Peer-Reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Trainer

OBMNetwork Chris Anderson Research Award: How much is enough: A study in ratios of positive to negative feedback in various settings (PI)

NV DHHS: Preliminary county-wide extension of whole-organization adaptations of the PBS Model (Co-I)

NV DHHS: Technical assessment of whole-organization adaptations of the PBS Model (Co-I)

NV DHHS: Technical assessment of the PBS Model (Co-I)

Current Courses

Measurement, Graphing, and Single Case Design Methods for the Practicing Behavior Analyst

Introduction to the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Conceptual Analysis of Behavior

Professional Experience

Tom has worked in the field of behavior analysis for over a decade. He has provided one-to-one services, written programs, and supervised programming with children with autism, adults with autism and related intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), line staff in IDD service organizations. In addition he provides behavioral flexibilty training to college students, parents of children with IDDs, managers, and leaders in organizations. Tom dedicates much of his professional attention to applying relational frame theory (RFT) to the amelioration of problems in learning and social development. 

Additional Duties

Board of Reviewers for

- The APA Behavior Development Journal

- The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management

- Journal of Contextual Behavior Science

Selected Publications

Szabo, T. G., & Dixon, M. R. (in press). Contextual behavior science and education. In (R. D. Zettle, & A. Biglan (Eds.) Handbook of Contextual Behavior Science. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.

Szabo, T. G. & Tarbox, J. (in press) Beyond what “is” and what “is-not.” Journal of Contextual Behavior Science.

Szabo, T. G. (2012).Cybersecurity: Ten best practices for the independent and small- to mid-sized behavior analytic practice. APBA Reporter. 42. Retrieved from http://www.apbahome.net/newsletter.php?nid=42&aid=423.

Szabo, T. G., Long, D. M., Villatte, M., Hayes, S. C. (2014). Mindfulness in contextual cognitive behavioral models. In K. W. Brown, J. D. Creswell, & R. M. Ryan (Eds.) Handbook of Mindfulness: Theory and Research. New York: Guilford Press.

Szabo, T. G., Williams, W. L., Rafacz, S. D., & Newsome, W. (2012). Evaluation of the service review model with performance scorecards. The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. 32:4, 274-296.

Lydon, C. A., Szabo, T. G., Newsome, W. D., & Williams, W. L. (2012). Total Performance Service Review in the Smaller Organization: The Use of Scorecards. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, 36(2) p. 93-119.

Szabo, T. G. Stimulus Control. (2007). In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, (3rd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 1921-1923). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Szabo, T. G. Interval Schedules. (2007). In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, (3rd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 1921-1923). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Szabo, T. G. Ratio Schedules. (2007). In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, (3rd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 1673-1674). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Szabo, T. G., Raetz, P. B., & Winter, B. L. (2007). Response Generalization. In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, (3rd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 1737-1738). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Raetz, P.B., Szabo, T.G., & Winter, B.L. (2007). Stimulus Generalization. In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Special Education, (3rd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 1924-1927). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.