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Director of Severe Behavior Program / Assistant Director of RUCARES and CSH-RUCARES / Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Brian D. Greer, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Director

Professional Summary:

Brian D. Greer directs the Severe Behavior Program within the Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a core member of the Brain Health Institute. He received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Florida, a Master of Arts in applied behavioral science and a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, both from the University of Kansas. He later completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a current associate editor for Behavioral Development and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has served as a guest associate editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Perspectives on Behavior Science, and Learning and Motivation. He is the 2013 recipient of the Baer, Wolf, and Risley Outstanding Graduate Student Award; the 2019 recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis; the 2019 recipient of the B. F. Skinner Foundation New Researcher Award; and in 2020, he was awarded the Contribution of the Year from the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Greer is Executive Director of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior, and he has supervised four R01 grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development on preventing relapse of destructive behavior. He and his colleagues have been supported by over $10 million in federal grants.

Education:

 
Postdoc, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2014
Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2013
MA, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2011
BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2008

Courses Taught:

Assessment and Treatment of Severe Behavior Disorders
Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Quantitative Analysis of Behavior
Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
 
Research Interests:  

Assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders
Quantitative models of response persistence and recurrence
Translational research on treatment relapse
Behavioral economics

Publications:
(within the last 5 years)

Mitteer, D. R., Peterson, K., M., Crowley-Zalaket, J. G., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Transition-related problem behavior. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of applied behavioral analysis for children with autism: Clinical guide to assessment and treatment. (pp. X–Y). New York: Springer Nature.

Greer, B. D. (in press). Translational approaches to differential reinforcement. In H. S. Roane, A. R. Craig, V. Saini, & J. E. Ringdahl (Eds.), Translational perspectives on applied behavior analysis. (pp. X–Y). New York: Guilford Press.

Smith, S. W., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Behavioral momentum theory. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Applied behavior analysis: A comprehensive handbook. (pp. X–Y). New York: Springer Nature.

Briggs, A. M., Mitteer, D. R., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Reinforcer thinning. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Applied behavior analysis: A comprehensive handbook. (pp. X–Y). New York: Springer Nature.

Fisher, W. W., Fuhrman, A. M., Greer, B. D., Ibañez, V. F., Peterson, K. M., & Piazza, C. C. (in press). Ethical considerations with balancing clinical effectiveness with research design. In D. J. Cox, M. T. Brodhead, & S. P. Quigley (Eds.), Research ethics in behavior analysis: From bench to bedside. (pp. X–Y). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press, Elsevier.

Greer, B. D., Shahan, T. A., Fisher, W. W., Mitteer, D. R., & Fuhrman, A. M. (in press). Further evaluation of treatment duration on the resurgence of destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jarmolowicz, D. P., Greer, B. D., Killeen, P. R., & Huskinson, S. L. (in press). Applied quantitative analysis of behavior: What it is, and why we care—Introduction to the special section. Perspectives on Behavior Science.

Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Fuhrman, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (in press). Conducting translational research in the context of patient care. Perspectives on Behavior Science.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., & Fuhrman, A. M. (in press). Translating quantitative theories of behavior into improved clinical treatments for problem behavior. Behavioural Processes.

Smith, S. W., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Validating human-operant software: A case example. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.

Haney, S. D., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Mitteer, D. R. (in press). Relapse during the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Smith, S. W., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Phase duration and resurgence. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

Mitteer, D. R., & Greer, B. D. (in press). Using GraphPad Prism’s heat maps for efficient, fine-grained analyses of single-case data. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Haney, S. D. (in press). On the scope and characteristics of relapse when treating destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Shahan, T. A., & Greer, B. D. (2021). Destructive behavior increases as a function of reductions in alternative reinforcement during schedule thinning: A retrospective quantitative analysis. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 116, 243–248.

Odell, A. J., Greer, B. D., Fuhrman, A. M., & Hardee, A. M. (2021). On the efficacy of and preference for signaling extinction in a multiple schedule. Behavioral Development, 26, 43–61.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., Kimball, R. T., & Smith, S. W. (2021). Empirically deriving omission and commission errors for relapse tests: A demonstration of reverse translation. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 21, 351–363.

Fuhrman, A. M., Lambert, J. M., & Greer, B. D. (in press). A brief review of expanded-operant treatments for mitigating resurgence. The Psychological Record.

Fuhrman, A. M., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Shahan, T. A., & Craig, A. R. (2021). Resurgence following traditional and interdependent differential reinforcement of alternative behavior. Behavioral Development, 26, 29–42.

Brown, K. R., Zangrillo, A. N., & Greer, B. D. (2021). Development of a systematic approach to identify reinforcer dimension sensitivity. Behavioral Development, 26, 62–80.

Haney, S. D., Piazza, C. C., Peterson, K. M., & Greer, B. D. (2021). An evaluation of a renewal-mitigation procedure for inappropriate mealtime behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54, 903–927.

Randall, K. R., Greer, B. D., Smith, S. W., & Kimball, R. T. (2021). Sustaining behavior reduction by transitioning the topography of the functional communication response during FCT. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54, 1013–1031.

Miller, S. A., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Saini, V., & Keevy, M. D. (in press). Procedures for determining and then modifying the extinction component of multiple schedules for destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Fuhrman, A. M., Greer, B. D., & Fisher, W. W. (2021). Functional analysis of violence­–aggression. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.), Applied behavior analysis treatment of violence and aggression in persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. (pp. 45–69). New York: Springer.

Briggs, A. M., & Greer, B. D. (2021). Intensive behavioral intervention units. In A. Maragakis, C. Drossel, & T. Waltz (Eds.), Applications of behavior analysis to healthcare and beyond. (pp. 157–174). New York: Springer.

DeLeon, I. G., Fernandez, N., Goldman, K. J., Schieber, E., Greer, B. D., & Reed, D. D. (2021). Behavioral economics: Principles and applications. In W. W. Fisher, C. C. Piazza, & H. S. Roane (Eds.), Handbook of applied behavior analysis. (2nd ed., pp. 115–132). New York: Guilford Press.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Bouxsein, K. J. (2021). Developing function-based reinforcement procedures for problem behavior. In W. W. Fisher, C. C. Piazza, & H. S. Roane (Eds.), Handbook of applied behavior analysis. (2nd ed., pp. 337–351). New York: Guilford Press.

Owen, T. M., Fisher, W. W., Akers, J. A., Sullivan, W. E., Falcomata, T. S., Greer, B. D., Roane, H. S., & Zangrillo, A. N. (2020). Treating destructive behavior reinforced by increased caregiver compliance with participant’s mands. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53, 1494–1513.

Mitteer, D. R., Randall, K. R., Van Winkle, L. J., & Greer, B. D. (2020). Incorporating discriminative stimuli into functional communication training with augmentative and alternative communication devices: A tutorial. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 36, 63–70.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Briggs, A. M. (2020). Further evaluation of teaching behavior technicians to input data and graph using GraphPad Prism. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 20, 81–93.

Brown, K. R., Greer, B. D., Craig, A. R., Sullivan, W. E., Fisher, W. W., & Roane, H. S. (2020). Resurgence following differential reinforcement of alternative behavior implemented with and without extinction. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113, 449–467.

Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Retzlaff, B. J., & Fuhrman, A. M. (2020). A preliminary evaluation of treatment duration on the resurgence of destructive behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113, 251–262.

Fisher, W. W., Fuhrman, A. M., Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., & Piazza, C. C. (2020). Mitigating resurgence of destructive behavior using the discriminative stimuli of a multiple schedule. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113, 263–277.

Kimball, R. T., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Briggs, A. M. (2020). Investigations of operant ABA renewal during differential reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113, 187–205.

Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., & Sodawasser, A. J. (2020). Comparisons of standardized and interview-informed synthesized reinforcement contingencies relative to traditional functional analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53, 82–101.

Retzlaff, B. J., Fisher, W. W., Akers, J. S., & Greer, B. D. (2020). A translational evaluation of potential iatrogenic effects of single and combined contingencies during functional analysis of target responses. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53, 67–81.

Mitteer, D. R., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., Greer, B. D., & Hardee, A. M. (2019). Evaluation of an omnibus mand in the treatment of multiply controlled destructive behavior. Behavioral Development, 24, 74–88.

Akers, J. S., Retzlaff, B. J., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Kaminski, A. J., & DeSouza, A. A. (2019). An evaluation of conditional manding using a four-component multiple schedule. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 35, 94–102.

Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., Lichtblau, K. R., Phillips, L. A., & Mitteer, D. R. (2019). Using schedule-correlated stimuli during functional communication training to promote the rapid transfer of treatment effects. Behavioral Development, 24, 100–119.

Greer, B. D., & Shahan, T. A. (2019). Resurgence as Choice: Implications for promoting durable behavior change. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 816–846.

Fisher, W. W., Saini, V., Greer, B. D., Sullivan, W. E., Roane, H. S., Fuhrman, A. M.,…Kimball, R. T. (2019). Baseline reinforcement rate and resurgence of destructive behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 111, 75–93.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Fuhrman, A. M., Saini, V., & Simmons, C. A. (2018). Minimizing resurgence of destructive behavior using Behavioral Momentum Theory. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51, 831–853.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., & Cohrs, V. L. (2018). Teaching behavior technicians to create publication-quality, single-case design graphs in GraphPad Prism 7. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51, 998–1010.

Fuhrman, A. M., Greer, B. D., Zangrillo, A. N., & Fisher, W. W. (2018). Evaluating competing activities to enhance functional communication training during reinforcement schedule thinning. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51, 931–942.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Briggs, A. M., & Wacker, D. P. (2018). A laboratory model for evaluating relapse of undesirable caregiver behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 110, 252–266.

Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Kimball, R. T. (2018). Prevalence of resurgence of destructive behavior when thinning reinforcement schedules during functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51, 620–633.

Phillips, L. A., Briggs, A. M., Fisher, W. W., & Greer, B. D. (2018). Assessing and treating elopement in a school setting. Teaching Exceptional Children, 50, 333–342.

Lichtblau, K. R., Romani, P. W., Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., & Bragdon, A. (2018). Remote treatment of sleep-related trichotillomania and trichophagia. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51, 255–262.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., Fuhrman, A. M., Romani, P. W., & Zangrillo, A. N. (2018). Further evaluation of differential exposure to establishing operations during functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51, 360–373.

Briggs, A. M., Akers, J. S., Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., & Retzlaff, B. J. (2018). Systematic changes in preference for schedule-thinning arrangements as a function of relative reinforcement density. Behavior Modification, 42, 472–497.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Craig, A. R., Retzlaff, B. J., Fuhrman, A. M., Lichtblau, K. R., & Saini, V. (2018). On the predictive validity of Behavioral Momentum Theory for mitigating resurgence of problem behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 109, 281–290.

Greer, B. D., & Kodak, T. (2018). Introduction to the special issue on applied behavior analysis. Learning and Motivation, 62, 1–3.

Kaminski, A. J., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Akers, J. S. (2018). Increasing sharing in children with autism spectrum disorder using automated discriminative stimuli. Learning and Motivation, 62, 41–50.

Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., & Fisher, W. W. (2018). A practical approach to functional communication training. In A. C. Sella & D. Ribeiro (Eds.), Behavior analysis applied to Autism Spectrum Disorders. (pp. X–Y). Curitiba, PR: Appris. ISBN: 978-85-473-1929-8

Professional Affiliations:

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB)
The National Honor Society in Psychology (PSI CHI)