Ruth Anne Rehfeldt
Ph.D., BCBA-D, Rehabilitation Institute Interim Director
Program Affiliation: Rehabilitation Services and
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Office: 319A Rehn Hall
Specializations: Verbal Behavior, Developmental Disabilities, Behavior Theory and Philosophy, Technology-Enabled Instruction
Dr. Rehfeldt holds a BA in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA (1993), and masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nevada (1998 graduation), where she was a student of Dr. Linda J. Hayes. Dr. Rehfeldt has published nearly 100 articles and book chapters in behavior analysis. Her expertise focuses specifically upon basic and applied investigations of verbal behavior and derived stimulus relations. She recently co-edited a book with Yvonne Barnes-Holmes entitled “Derived Stimulus Relations Applications for Learners with Autism and other Developmental Disorders: A Progressive Guide for Change. Dr. Rehfeldt is the editor and business manager for The Psychological Record, a journal founded by J. R. Kantor in 1937 and for which B. F. Skinner was one of the first editorial board members. She is or has been an editorial board member for a number of journals, including Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, and the European Journal of Behavior Analysis. Dr. Rehfeldt and her students have delivered over 200 conference presentations over the years. Ruth Anne was the co-founder, program chair, and past President of the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis. Ruth Anne has been awarded the Rehabilitation Institute Teacher of the Year award several times. She was the Teacher of the Year for the College of Education and Human Services during 2006 and, in 2010, was awarded the Researcher of the Year Award for the College of Education and Human Services.
Ruth Anne's current research interests include verbal behavior, private events, and mindfulness processes. She also conducts investigations of technology-enabled pedagogy in higher education. Her clinical populations of interest include adults with intellectual disabilities and typically-developing children. She collaborates with Trinity Services, Inc. and Specialized Training and Adult Rehabilitation.