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Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification

2017 Impact Factor: 2.024
2017 Ranking: 60/127 in Psychology, Clinical
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product; Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
(formerly Behavior Modification Quarterly)

Alan S Bellack University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

eISSN: 15524167 | ISSN: 01454455 | Current volume: 42 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: Bi-monthly

For more than 30 years, researchers, academics and practitioners in clinical psychology have turned to Behavior Modification for innovative and insightful research, reports, and reviews on applied behavior modification. Each issue offers successful assessment and modification techniques applicable to problems in psychiatric, clinical, educational, and rehabilitative settings, as well as treatment manuals and program descriptions. These practical features help you follow the process of clinical research and to apply it to your own behavior modification interventions.


Behavior Modification brings you high-quality research articles by distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines. The wide range of topics includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Child Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Divorce and Children
  • Problem Behavior
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Female Assertiveness
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Gender Role stress
  • Unemployment and Mental Health
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Weight Loss Maintenance


An important forum for emerging developments and debates in applied behavior modification, Behavior Modification offers research and clinical articles, treatment manuals, program descriptions, review articles, assessment and modification techniques, theoretical discussions, group comparison designs, and book and media reviews of significant literature in the field.

Special Issues

Behavior Modification
also occasionally supplements its broad coverage with single-theme Special Issues dedicated to topics of particular interest, such as:

  • Facial Expressions of Emotions
  • Community Integration for Persons With the Most Severe Disabilities
  • Social-Skills Assessment and Intervention With Children and Adolescents
  • Integrating Personality Assessment Data and Behavioral Therapy
  • Current Research on Social Behavior
  • Treatment of Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Environmental Risk Factors in the Development of Psychopathology

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

For three decades, researchers and practitioners have turned to Behavior Modification for current scholarship on applied behavior modification. Starting in 1995, in addition to keeping you informed on assessment and modification techniques relevant to psychiatric, clinical, education, and rehabilitation settings, Behavior Modification revised and expanded its focus to include treatment manuals and program descriptions. With these features you can follow the process of clinical research and see how it can be applied to your own work. And, with Behavior Modification, successful clinical and administrative experts have an outlet for sharing their solutions in the field. Interdisciplinary: Behavior Modification brings you high-quality research articles by distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines. The wide range of topics discussed includes: anxiety, child abuse, divorce and children, eating disorders, female assertiveness, gender role stress, learning abilities, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorders, problem behavior, sexual harassment, sleep disorders, unemployment and mental health, and weight loss maintenance. Comprehensive: A forum for the dissemination of information in applied behavior modification, this leading journal offers research and clinical papers, treatment manuals, and program descriptions, as well as theoretical discussions, review articles on emergin developments and debates, and book reviews of significant literature in the field.

Board of Editors
Kelly C. Allison University of Pennsylvania, USA
Robert T. Ammerman Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Cynthia Anderson The May Institute Inc.
Page Anderson Georgia State University, USA
Michael Arthur-Kelly The University of Newcastle, Australia
Christina Boisseau Brown Medical School, USA
Carrie Borrero Kennedy Krieger Institute, USA
Lynn Bowman Kennedy Krieger Institute, USA
Mack D. Burke Texas A&M University, USA
Sanja Cale SUNY, Old Westbury, USA
Helen I. Cannella-Malone The Ohio State University, USA
Regina Carroll West Virginia University, USA
Michael Christopher, Ph.D. Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR, USA
Christine Conelea Alpert Medical School of Brown University, USA
Tonya Davis Baylor University, USA
Brad Donohue University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Terry Falcomata The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Kurt A. Freeman Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Bernard S. Gorman Adelphi University, USA
Alan M. Gross University of Mississippi, USA
Maria Karekla University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Alan E. Kazdin Yale University, USA
Russell Lang Texas State University - San Marcos, USA
Thomas W. Lombardo University of Mississippi, USA
John William McKenna University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Kim Mueser New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research, USA
Laura Nabors, Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, USA
John Rapp Auburn University, USA
Mark D. Rapport University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
Mandy Rispoli Purdue University, USA
Tina Sidener Caldwell College, USA
Jeff Sigafoos Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Kenneth J. Tarnowski Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
Timothy R. Vollmer University of Florida, USA
David Wilder Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Douglas W. Woods University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Robert Zettle Wichita State University, USA
Michael Zvonlensky University of Houston, USA
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  • Behavior Modification, a peer-reviewed journal, seeks submissions in the following areas: (1) assessment and modification techniques for problems in psychiatric, clinical, education, and rehabilitation settings; (2) papers describing measurement and modification of behavior in normal populations; (3) single-case experimental research and group comparison designs; (4) reviews and theoretical discussions; (5) treatment manuals; and (6) program descriptions. ALL MANUSCRIPTS will be submitted electronically to

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