School of Natural and Social Sci


School of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology

Hank Schlinger
 Professor of Psychology

Office: KH A2257
Phone: (323) 343-22257 FAX: (323) 343-2281


 | Teaching Interests  | Research Interests
Educational Background  | Schedule & Office Hours


I am primarily interested in encouraging students and others in the culture to think critically and skeptically about all claims relating to the behavior of humans and nonhumans. In a related manner, my teaching, research and writing are all geared toward promoting psychology as a natural science of behavior.

Teaching Interests

I teach all courses related to the M. S. degree in Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) option, including Single-Case Research Design (PSY417), Psychology of Learning and Behavior (PSY 421), Introduction to Behavior Analysis (PSY 428), and the graduate Seminars in Learning and Behavior (PSY 500) and in Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 528). I am also interested in offering graduate seminars in verbal behavior and conceptual issues in behavior analysis. My goal is to train competent behavior analysts and scientific thinkers.

Research Interests

My research interests in general are in the area of basic learning processes in humans and nonhumans. Specifically, I have published research in the experimental analysis of behavior and behavioral pharmacology (mostly with nonhumans). More recently, I have published several articles on coneptual issues in psychology (e.g., intelligence, evolutionary psychology, nature/nurture, methods and theories in psychology) as well as a book on a behavior-analytic view of child development and an introductory textbook in psychology. I also write the "Behavioral Health" column in the Arroyo Monthly magazine. My plan for research at CSULA is to begin to look at problems relating to verbal behavior in children with and without autism.


Date Title
2005 Schlinger, H. D. How the human got its mind: Debunking the last great myth in psychology. Skeptic, 11, 48-53.
2004 Schlinger, H. D. How psychology can keep its promises: A response to Lana. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 25, 277-286.
2004 Schlinger, H. D. The almost blank slate: Making a case for human nurture. Skeptic, 11, 34-43.
2004 Schlinger, H. D. Why psychology hasnÂ’t kept its promises. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 25, 123-144.
2004 Schlinger, H. D. A review of The Science of Romance: Secrets of the Sexual Brain by Nigel Barber. The Psychological Record, 54, 163-166.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Psychlogy/Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Western Michigan University
    Kalamzaoo, MI

                                                                                        M.A. Experimental Psychology

  • Southern Methodist University
    Dallas, TX

                                                                                        B. S. Psychology

  • Southern Methodist University
    Dallas, TX

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