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. 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). For example, in collaboration with Dr. Bill DeCoteau we've been investigating the potential therapeutic effects of cerium oxide nanoparticles to protect against behavioral deficits in the valproic acid (VPA) rat model of ASD. I am also interested in using behavior analytic principles to improve the relationships humans have with domesticated animals (applied animal behavior research). For example, we recently published Devon Belding's ('14) senior honors thesis on reducing repetitive pawing behavior in horses. I am an avid runner and enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and our two dogs. I also play bass guitar and am particularly fond of blues music.
Recent Publications (SLU students in bold):
Fox, A. E., Prue, K. E., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2016). What is timed in a fixed-interval temporal bisection task? Learning & Behavior.
Daniels, C. W., Fox, A. E., Kyonka, E. G. E., & Sanabria, F. (2015). Biasing temporal judgments in rats, pigeons, and humans. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 28, 1-18.
Fox, A. E., & Belding, D. L. (2015). Reducing pawing in horses using positive reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 936-940. (This research was recently featured in The Horse magazine and in EQUUS magazine.)
Fox, A. E., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2015). Timing in response-initiated fixed intervals. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 103, 375-392.
Fox, A. E., Reid, A. K., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2014). Behavioral history and pigeons’ “guiding cues” performance. The Psychological Record, 64, 403-413.
Fox, A. E., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2014). Choice and timing in pigeons under differing levels of food deprivation. Behavioural Processes, 106, 82-90.
Recent Presentations with Students:
Licata, J. J., Briggs, R., Singha, D., DeCoteau, W. E., & Fox, A. E. (2016, May). Timing in the VPA rat model of autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL.
Goldhar, L., Callahan, C. P., Ridgway, E. A., DeCoteau, W. E., & Fox, A. E. (2016, March). Delay discounting in the valproic acid rat model of autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Licata, J. J., Goldhar, L., Briggs, R., DeCoteau, W. E., & Fox, A. E. (2016, March). Nanoceria effects on timing in a rat model of autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Singha, D., & Fox, A. E. (2016, March). Response-sequence learning in two rat models of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
DeCoteau, W. E., Fox, A. E., Licata, J., Parise, J., & Estevez, A. Y. (2015, October). Effects of cerium oxide nanoparticles on learning and motor behavior in the valproic acid rat model of autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.
To find out more about recent and past research, you can visit my Researchgate webpage.
Updated: August, 2016
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology
- Psychology 205: Research Methods with Laboratory
- Psychology 401: Learning with Laboratory
- Psychology 4010: Applied Behavior Analysis Seminar