David Pyles



David Pyles

Department Faculty

  • Roles:

  • Associate Professor

  • Campus:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Applied Behavior Analysis
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) David Pyles, Ph.D., joined The Chicago School faculty in 2004. His areas of interest include chronic mental illness, decision making, staff training and management, and performance management.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.E.S. St. Cloud, MN
Ph.D. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member Association for Behavior Analysis, International
Member Behavior Analysis Society of Illinois (BASIL)
Member California Association for Behavior Analysis
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Treasurer Behavior Analysis Society of Illinois
Board of Editors The Journal of Behavior Analysis in Health, Sports, Fitness, and Medicine
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Mental Health/Psychopathology/Clinical Psychology Mood Disorders/ Suicide
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Developmental Psychology

Pyles, D. A. M., Muniz, K., Cade, A., & Silva, R. (1997). A behavioral diagnostic paradigm for integrating behavior analytic and psychopharmacological interventions for severe behavior disorders of people with dual diagnosis. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 18, 185-214.

Bailey, J. S., & Pyles, D. A. M. (1989). Behavioral diagnostics. Monographs of the American Association on Mental Retardation, 12, 401-409.

Pyles, D. A. M., Riordan, M. M., & Bailey, J. S. (1997).The Stereotypy Analysis: An instrument for examining environmental variables associated with differential rates of stereotypic behavior. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 18, 11-38.

Richman, G. S., Riordan, M. R., Reiss, M. L., Pyles, D. A. M., & Bailey, J. S. (1988). The effects of self-monitoring and supervisor feedback on staff performance in a residential setting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 21, 401-409.

Pyles, D. A. M., Thomas, D. R., & Miller, M. L. (1998). Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Disabilities, Office of Developmental Disabilities Functional Assessment Protocol. Springfield, IL: Dept. of Human Services.

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

Set clear objectives, direct all teaching efforts toward achievement of those objectives, do frequent measurement, provide frequent, clear, and behavior-specific feedback.

Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.

Use scientific method to guide practice: Determine the issue and outcome desired, select 'pinpoints' toward that outcome, develop a measurement system, implement an intervention, measure effects and modify interventions as needed.

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

To help people.

What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?

Be prepared to work hard. Make sure you can write well. Consider your education as an investment and learn everything you can about your subject matter.

Professional Skills
applied behavior analysis, autism, developmental disabilities, health psychology, self injury, severe mental illness