Ron Van Houten

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Ron Van Houten
(269) 387-4471
3752 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5439
Mailing address: 
Department of Psychology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5439 USA
  • Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 1972
  • M.A., Dalhousie University, 1969
  • B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1968
Research interests: 
  • Traffic safety
  • Simulation research
  • Community and organizational psychology


He has published research in the areas of energy conservation, developmental disabilities and autism, clinical applications and educational applications of behavior analysis. Van Houten has published in several of the SEAB journals with six publications in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and 32 publications in the Journal of Analysis Behavior Analysis.

Van Houten's area of expertise in behavioral analysis include traffic safety, pedestrian safety, intelligent transportation system, traffic calming, bicycle safety, seat belt use, reducing impaired driving, community and organizational psychology, developmental disabilities and education.

In industrial/organization, his research interests include all aspects of traffic and pedestrian safety, the use of technology to implement behavioral principles, and driving and aircraft simulation research (he has driving and aircraft simulators in his lab).

Van Houten has received over $2 million dollars in grant funding for his work from several different funding sources, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Texas A&M Research Foundation. Van Houten has over 120 publications and has served as an associate editor for several behavioral journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He is also on the editorial boards for nine other behavioral journals.