ORI Scientist Tony Biglan receives award from the Society for Advancement of Behavioral Analysis

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Type: Press Release

Author: Kathryn Madden

Date Published: 05/26/2017

ORI scientist receives prestigious award for career in behavioral science

Oregon Research Institute (ORI) senior scientist Tony Biglan, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2017 Award for Scientific Translation from the Society for Advancement of Behavioral Analysis (SABA). This award is given to an individual who addresses socially significant topics using methods directly linked to the analysis of human behavior or that effectively incorporate behavioral science principles. He is the author of The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve our Lives and Our World, published in 2015. Dr. Biglan has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior at ORI for the past 30 years.

“This is a great honor and I am thankful and humbled by the recognition,” Biglan said.

Behavioral science seeks to understand the behavior of individuals. Behavior analysts study factors that influence human behavior and have made discoveries that are useful in addressing socially important behavior such as drug taking, healthy eating, workplace safety, education, and the treatment of pervasive developmental disabilities.

SABA praised Dr. Biglan’s creative partnerships with community organizations and schools and his leadership in scientific and professional associations, noting that his leadership has made important contributions to a lay appreciation of behavioral science and the significance of its applications and impacts. The President of SABA praised Biglan’s work as being “…the very paragon of scientific translation. … [Dr. Biglan has] brought a comprehensive body of research to bear and has shown that behavior analysis can truly improve the culture”.


Biglan was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, whose 2009 report documented numerous evidence-based preventive interventions that can prevent multiple problems. In recent years, his work has shifted to more comprehensive interventions that have the potential to prevent the entire range of child and adolescent problems. He has worked to facilitate the collaboration of multiple organizations toward promoting a common goal of advancing human wellbeing. Currently a member of Oregon’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, he is helping to develop a strategic plan for implementing comprehensive evidence-based interventions throughout Oregon.

Founded in 1974, Society for Advancement of Behavioral Analysis (SABA) has been the primary membership organization for those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis.

Oregon Research Institute is a non-profit, independent behavioral research center with headquarters in Eugene. Founded in 1960, it also has offices in Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico.