Liz Kyonka, Ph.D.
I study operant conditioning, temporal learning, and behavioral mechanisms of choice and decision making. My students and I use human and nonhuman animal laboratory models of choice adaptation and temporal learning to discover how individuals reason and make decisions in our complex, unpredictably changing world. A better understanding of behavior adaptation can be used to develop strategies for facilitating rational or healthy choices in individuals.
My doctoral thesis (2009) was about the convergence of temporal learning and choice in concurrent chains and since completing it I have studied aspects of choice, timing and stimulus control in birds and mammals (including humans).
I am originally from Toronto, Canada, and have also lived in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Currently, I am an Education Specialist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and an adjunct lecturer with the University of New England, Australia.
My research interests
My goals are to understand the laws that govern behaviour and to be able to apply them under both well-regulated and somewhat chaotic (i.e., naturalistic) circumstances.
Read about some of my work on interval timing, gambling, scientific behavior, or statistics, my Google Scholar profile here, or my ResearchGate profile here.
University of New England
Read about the courses I taught at WVU.
Select recent service to psychology and behavior analysis
Conference boards and committees
President - Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, 2014-2015
Secretary - Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, 2010-2014
Coordinator, Experimental Analysis of Behavior - Association for Behavior Analysis International Program Committee, 2015-2019
Editorial service for professional journals
The Psychological Record, 2017-present
Journal of Gambling Issues, 2019-present
Guest Associate Editor
Behavioural Processes, 2019
Analysis of Gambling Behavior, 2017-present
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 2010-2012, 2018-2020
Perspectives on Behavior Science, 2018-2020