Austin Johnson (he/him)

Austin Johnson (he/him)

Associate Professor and Program Director, School Psychology

University of California, Riverside


For more information on JABA’s decision to not retract Rekers and Lovaas (1974), check out Retract Hate, click here for a critical preprint forthcoming in Behavior Analysis in Practice, and here for a relevant Beautiful Humans podcast. I presented on Rekers and Lovaas (1974) at ABAI 2021.

As an Associate Professor at the University of California, Riverside, I serve as the Program Director of our APA-accredited and NASP-approved School Psychology program. I received my PhD in Educational Psychology (with a concentration in School Psychology) from the University of Connecticut in 2014. Back in 2007, I graduated summa cum laude with my Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Arizona. After serving as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Project Manager with the IES-funded NEEDs2 project from 2014-2015, I joined the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. At UCR, I teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in behavior assessment and intervention, research, and methodology. I’m a first-generation college graduate. I really like my job.

I’m an Associate Editor for the Journal of School Psychology, as well as a licensed psychologist in the state of California (CA #29540) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Certification #1-15-18892). You can request copies of articles through ResearchGate, view citations and such on Google Scholar, and download data and project materials from Open Science Framework.

Outside of work, I host a weekly radio show called the Quadraphonic Rock Block on UCR’s campus radio station KUCR, hang out with my family, drink coffee, and am a very mediocre climber.


  • Evidence-Based Behavior Support
  • Single-Case Methodology
  • Social Justice, Equity, and Inclusion


  • PhD in Educational Psychology, 2014

    University of Connecticut

  • BA in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 2007

    University of Arizona



Associate Professor

University of California, Riverside

Jul 2021 – Present California

Assistant Professor

University of California, Riverside

Jun 2015 – Jun 2021 California

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Connecticut

May 2014 – May 2015 Connecticut

Doctoral Student

University of Connecticut

Jan 2014 – Jan 2009 Connecticut

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