Marshall Lev Dermer

Associate Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1973

Academic Interests:

Affectionate Behavior
Verbal Behavior
Conditioning and Learning
Research Methods
Instructional Design/Precision Teaching/Fluency Training

Courses Taught:

PSYCH-214: Introduction to Conditioning and Learning
PSYCH-502: Applied Behavior Analysis
PSYCH-565: Methods of Behavior Control
PSYCH-516: Conditioning and Learning of Social behavior
PSYCH-620: Single-Subject Research Methods
PSYCH-685: Seminar on Writing in Psychology
PSYCH-724: Pro-seminar in Behavior Analysis
PSYCH-931: Seminar in Interpersonal Attraction

Selected Publications

Messling, III. P. A., & Dermer, M. L. (2010). Increasing students’ attendance at lecture and preparation for lecture by allowing students to use their notes during tests. The Behavior Analyst Today, 10, 381-390.

Dermer, M. L., Lopez, S., & Messling, III, P. A. (2009). Fluency training a writing skill: Editing for concision. Psychological Record, 59, 3-20.

Dermer, M. L. (2007, Fall). Choosing the right graduate advisor. SHPE Magazine, 62-63.

Dermer, M. L. (2006). Towards understanding the meaning of affectionate verbal behavior; Towards creating romantic loving. The Behavior Analyst Today, 7, 452-480.