Henry D. Schlinger, Jr.

Hank Schlinger

Department Faculty
  • The Chicago School Los Angeles
Applied Behavior Analysis
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology. He was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now an associate professor of psychology and director of the M.S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and a part-time associate professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Schlinger has more than 60 publications in more than 20 different journals. He also has authored or co-authored three books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese), and Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998). He is a past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, current editor of The Behavior Analyst, and on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
  • B.S., Psychology, Southern Methodist University
  • M.A., Psychology, Southern Methodist University
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Western Michigan University
  • Board Certified Doctoral Behavior Analyst- BCBA-D
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • “Science and Pseudoscience in Autism Treatments” Invited address, National Autism Conference, State College, Pennsylvania, August 5, 2011. 
  • “A Behavioral View of Auditory Perception,” Invited address, 2011 Conference of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis, Reno, October 8, 2011. 
  • “What Clever Hans Can Teach Us About Miracle Autism Cures and the Importance of the Scientific Method,” Invited address, 2011 Fresno State Applied Behavior Analysis Conference, Fresno, November 11, 2011. 
  • “Does ABA Stand for Autism and Behavior Analysis?” Invited address, California Association for Behavior Analysis, 30th Annual Western Regional Conference on Behavior Analysis, Feb. 16, 2012 
  • “Conditioning the Behavior of the Listener: Implications for Rule-Governed Behavior.” Invited colloquium, Psychology Department, Western Michigan University, March 23, 2012. 
  • “The Roots of My Behaviorism.” Invited colloquium, Psychology Department, Western Michigan University, October 5, 2012.

Select Publications

  • Schlinger, H. D. (2012). What Would It Be Like to Be IBM’s Computer, Watson? The Behavior Analyst, 35, 37-44.  
  • Schlinger, H. D., & Susa, C. (2012). Using a lag schedule to increase variability of verbal responding in an individual with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 28, 125-130. 
  • Schlinger, H. D., & Heldt, J. (2012). Increased Variability in Tacting Under a Lag 3 Schedule of Reinforcement. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 28, 131-136. (with J. Heldt). 
  • Schlinger, H. D., & DeGraff, A. (2012). The effect of joint control training on the acquisition and durability of a sequencing task. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 28, 59-71. 
  • Schlinger, H. D., & Alessi, G. (2011). Verbally Conditioning Client Behaviors in the Therapeutic Setting. Clínica y Salud/ Clinic and Health, 22, 245-255. (with G. Alessi). 
  • Schlinger, H. D. (2011). Skinner as missionary and prophet: A review of Burrhus F. Skinner: Shaper of behaviour. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 217-225. 
  • Schlinger, H. D. (2010). Behavioral vs. cognitive views of speech perception. Journal of Speech Language Pathology-Applied Behavior Analysis, 5, 150-165. 
  • Schlinger, H. D. (2010). The Impact of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior: A Response to Dymond and Alonso-Álvarez. The Psychological Record, 60, 361-368. 
  • Schlinger, H. D. (2009). Auditory imagining. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 10, 77-85. 
  • Schlinger, H. D. (2009). Theory of mind: An overview and behavioral perspective. The Psychological Record, 59, 435-448.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (Full member)
  • Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (Board of Trustees)


Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy. 

A. Maximize students’ academic engagement within the constraints of the traditional lecture/discussion format 

Q: Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology

A. Practice based on a foundation of experimentally derived principles and procedures 

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology? 

A. Because I saw data demonstrating the power of operant learning 

Q: What advice would you give a student entering The Chicago School of Professional Psychology? 

A: Be prepared to work hard.