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Risley, Todd R.
J. M. Blackbourn
Todd R. Risley (1937–) was among the behavioral scientists responsible for the development and refinement of applied behavior analysis. He was a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Life at the University of Kansas during the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Along with Donald Baer, Montrose Wolf, and R. Vance Hall, he studied those environmental variables that affected the lives of children, adults, and families within the ongoing context of their daily lives. Risley's work influenced the field of education via (a) his work on the impact of early experiences in the home environment on academic performance, vocational success, and the nature of life outcomes, (b) his work in the areas of single-subject research design and the development of research methods allowed for the study of behavior in ...