Joseph E. Morrow received his Ph.D. in experimental Psychology in 1965 from Washington State University. He has taught at the California State University, Fullerton; Indiana University, South Bend (where he was department chair); and California State University, Sacramento, where he was Professor of Psychology and Behavior Analysis (Emeritus). Dr. Morrow was a pioneer in the academic development of Behavior Analysis in California, creating one of the first courses in 1966. He has published several papers on behavioral psychology and his first publication on the behavioral treatment of autism was in 1966. His academic career received many awards culminating in the Livingston Lecture at Cal-State Sacramento in 2002. “This award recognizes a sustained and unique contribution to the campus community in providing intellectual leadership and has important significance to the life of this university.”
Dr. Morrow has been an active member of the behavioral community and a member of The Association for Behavior Analysis, International (ABAI) since 1974. In 2006, he was given an award from that organization for “Outstanding Contributions to the International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis”. He is a former president of the Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, and was active in its merger with the southern California sister organization into the California Association for Behavior Analysis, where he served as Board Member and Conference Chair. Additionally, Dr. Morrow was a long time Board of Directors member of the B.F. Skinner Foundation, and a member of the International Society for Behaviorology, where he served as Conference Chair. Since 1999, he has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
In 1987, Dr. Morrow co-founded Applied Behavior Consultants, Inc. (ABC, Inc.) with Brenda Terzich-Garland. This company, formed to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to special needs persons in the Sacramento community, now serves throughout California at six locations with schools and in-home programs specializing in behavioral treatment for children with autism. Additionally, ABC has now provided behavioral services in ten foreign countries.
In addition to publications and papers presented at conferences, Dr. Morrow has given invited lectures on autism in several US states and was the Keynote speaker at the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM) conference in 2007. He has presented lectures on autism in thirteen non US countries, and has published papers on autism in China and Romania.
Presently, Dr. Morrow is involved with legislative issues in California relevant to the practice of ABA and has testified on this behalf to legislative committees. Besides his duties as president of ABC, his major interest is in the international dissemination of the behavioral treatment of autism.