Austin Johnson

Austin Johnson

Assistant Professor and Program Director, School Psychology

University of California, Riverside

For more information on JABA’s decision to not retract Rekers and Lovaas (1974), click here for a critical preprint, here for a relevant Beautiful Humans podcast, and here for a petition. I’ll be presenting on Rekers and Lovaas (1974) at ABAI 2021.

As an Assistant 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.


  • 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