I was born and raised in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. I earned a BS and a MA in psychology from Western Michigan University and a PhD in psychology (with a specialization in Behavior Analysis) from West Virginia University before coming to St. Lawrence. My research focuses broadly on the experimental analysis of human and non-human behavior--particularly as it relates to choice and time. I use quantitative methods and laboratory models to study the variables that control behavior in our complex world. Recently in my lab, we've been investigating learning and behavior in rat models of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am also interested in using behavior analytic principles to improve the relationships humans have with domesticated animals (applied animal behavior research)-especially horses. I enjoy spending time outdoors on the farm with my wife, our son, Luther, and our animals. I am also an avid runner, and I play bass guitar in my wife's band.
I recently participated in a TEDx event at St. Lawrence University in which I outlined a new way of thinking about problems of human behavior--one that is based in principles of behavioral determinism and Behavior Analysis. It is the theoretical view of behavior that undergirds all of my work. You can view my TEDx talk here. You can learn more about Behavior Analysis and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (mentioned in the talk) here.
Recent Publications (SLU students in bold):
Fox, A. E. (2022). Effects of immediate-reinforcement training on delay discounting behavior in rats. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.727
Poulin, C. J., & Fox, A. E. (2021). Preliminary evidence for timing abnormalities in the CNTNAP2 knockout rat. Behavioural Processes, 190, 104449. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2021.104449
DeCoteau, W. E., & Fox, A. E. (2021). Timing and intertemporal choice behavior in the valproic acid rat model of autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05129-y
Mungenast, H. K., & Fox, A. E. (2021). Impact of Light-Dark Phase on Delay Discounting Behavior in Rats. The Psychological Record. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40732-021-00462-1
Fox, A. E., Buchanan, I. Roussard, Q., Hurley, K., Thalheim, I., & Joyce, J. M. (2019). Using delays to decrease paper consumption in food service and laboratory settings. The Psychological Record, 69, 215-223.
Fox, A. E., Visser, E. J., & Nicholson, A. M. (2019). Interventions aimed at changing impulsive choice in rats: Effects of immediate and relatively long delay to reward training. Behavioural Processes, 158, 126-136.
Fox, A. E. (2018). The future is upon us. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 18, 144-150.
Fox, A. E., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2017). Searching for the variables that control human rule-governed "insensitivity." Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 108, 236-254.
Fox, A. E., Caramia, S. R., Haskell, M. M., Ramey, A. L., & Singha, D. (2017). Stimulus control in two rodent models of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Behavioural Processes, 135, 16-24.
Recent Presentations with Students (SLU students in bold):
Fox, A. E., & Martinez-Perez, C. (2022, March). Effects of immediate reinforcement training on delay discounting behavior in rats and humans. In J. Alacala (chair), Learning Papers: Behavioral Economics. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Cooper, A., Tobias-Wallingford, H., Thieret, B., DeCoteau, W. E., & Fox, A. E. (May, 2022). Timing and Impulsive Choice in the FMR1 Knockout Rat. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, Boston, MA.
Clark, M., & Fox, A. E. (May, 2022). Impact of episodic future thinking on delay discounting in individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Boston, MA.
Beyor, M., & Fox, A. E. (March, 2022). Statistical regression on single subject data in applied behavioral research. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
O’Keeffe, C., & Fox, A. E. (March, 2022). Rehabilitation or incarceration? Perception in four states with different drug laws. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Martinez-Perez, C., & Fox, A. E. (May, 2021). Effects of delay exposure on impulsive choice and alcohol self-administration. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, Virtual—COVID.