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Alan Poling

Alan Poling

Alan Poling

Office: (269) 387-4483

3756 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5439

Mailing address
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5439 USA

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1977

Dr. Alan Poling is professor of psychology and joined the faculty at Westen Michigan University in 1979 where he is a member of the behavior analysis program

Dr. Poling received his B.A. from Alderson-Broaddus College, his M.A. from West Virginia University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. A Fellow of Divisions 3, 25, and 28 of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Poling has published 12 books and more than 300 articles and book chapters and served as the research advisor of 30 Ph.D. recipients.  They, and he, have conducted research and done conceptual work in several areas, including behavioral pharmacology, clinical psychopharmacology (with special emphasis on the effects of psychotropic drugs in people with developmental disabilities), applied behavior analysis, gender issues, animal welfare, quantitative analysis, learning processes, and research methods.   

Dr. Poling was recognized as a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Western Michigan University in 1996 and as a Distinguished Alumnus of West Virginia University in 1999. In 2003, he received the Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award.  In recent years Al and his graduate students have worked with colleagues at APOPO, a Belgian NGO headquartered in Tanzania, on humanitarian projects in which giant African pouched rats are used to detect landmines and human tuberculosis in resource-poor countries.  

Research interests

  • Experimental analysis of behavior
  • Autism and other developmental disablities
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • Clinical psychopharmacology

Area of expertise

  • Behavior analysis
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • Reseach methods