Mitchell Fryling

Mitch Fryling, Ph.D.
Charter College of Education
Department of Special Education & Counseling
Office Location: KH C1032
Phone: 323-343-4400 Email:


I received my B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and my Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. My primary scholarly interests are in the area of behavioral theory and philosophy, especially interbehaviorism and interbehavioral psychology (e.g., Fryling & Hayes, 2018). I am particularly interested in social issues (e.g., lying, relationships) and complex human behavior (e.g., thinking, feeling), and in improving the behavioral conceptualization of these topics. I am currently co-editing a textbook Applied Behavior Analysis of Language and Cognition: Concepts and Principles for Practitioners (with Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Linda Hayes, and Jonathan Tarbox). 

I have published my work in a variety of journals, and serve as an editorial board member, ad-hoc reviewer, and associate editor for several behavioral journals. I am currently serving a term as Editor-in-Chief of The Psychological Record and am Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Division of Special Education & Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles.


My main goals as a professor are to help students achieve their goals and to disseminate the behavioral perspective as a foundation for socially important behavior change efforts (e.g., teaching and therapy).


As mentioned above, the majority of my work is philosophical/theoretical in nature, though I am also interested in correcting common misunderstandings/misperceptions about behaviorism (there are many!), and in doing empirical research with students and colleagues (see below). 

POTENTIAL THESIS STUDENTS: There are many benefits to conducting a thesis project. In addition to the potential for contributing to the research literature and improving practice, it is my experience that students learn many skills while conducting research (e.g., how to follow very specific instructions, collect data, analyze data, graph data, describe results, etc.). A thesis is also a very good option for those who may be interested in a Ph.D. in the future. Students interested in doing research with me should contact me at   


Sample of recent publications Date

Fryling, M. J., Rosales, R., & Baires, N. Observational Learning (in press). In R. A. Rehfeldt, J. Tarbox, M. Fryling, and L. Hayes (Eds.), Applied behavior analysis of language and cognition: Concepts and principles for practitioners. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

In Press

Hayes, L. J., & Fryling, M. J. (2018) Psychological events as integrated fields. The Psychological Record, 68, 273-277DOI:


Vazquez, M.,Fryling, M. J., & Hernandez, A. (2018) Assessing the treatment acceptability of  behavioral interventions for food selectivity. Behavior Modification. DOI: 10.1177/0145445517751435


Fernand, J., Saksena, K., Penrod, B., & Fryling, M. J. (2018). Feeding disorders: In J. Matson (Ed.), Handbook of Child Psychopathology & Developmental Disabilities: Treatment. New York, NY: Springer. 


Fryling, M. J., & Hayes, L. J. (2018). J. R. Kantor and behavior analysis. Conductual, 6, 86-94.  





Ph.D. Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

M.A. Psychology, Western Michigan University

B.S. Psychology, Western Michigan University