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Brian Iwata, Professor of Psychology

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Young scientists at UF hoping to make a career researching human behavior know who to turn to for mentorship—Psychology Professor Brian Iwata.

A licensed psychologist and certified behavior analyst, Iwata is a leading authority on experimental approaches to behavioral assessment and passes this knowledge on the to undergraduate and graduate assistants in is laboratory. In the past decade, more than 80 of his undergraduate students have gained admission into top graduate programs, and half of the recipients of the B.F. Skinner Award from the American Psychological Association have been his former PhD students.

“Brian is our best,” says Psychology Department Chair Martin Heesacker. “His synergistic integration of research, undergraduate education, and graduate education and advising serves as a model for how faculty of a top-tier research intensive institution should function.”

Iwata came to UF in 1986, after serving as an associate professor in pediatrics and psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. He received a PhD in psychology from Florida State University in 1974. In November 2004, he was honored for his outstanding service and dedication to the university with a 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award from Florida Blue Key. Iwata says the thing he likes best about the university is its “interdisciplinary collaborative spirit among faculty across departments.”

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