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Researcher Profile - Kurt Salzinger

First Name:Kurt
Last Name:Salzinger
Title:Senior Scholar in Residence
Advanced Degrees:Ph.D.
Affiliation:Hofstra University
Street Address 1:Hauser
Zip/Postal Code:11549
Phone:516 463-5638
Fax:516 463-6052
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 31 October 2005]
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Clinical Interests:
Psychology, Schizophrenia
Research Focus:
Animal models, conditioning, perception
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Reasearcher Bio
Kurt Salzinger, Ph.D. is Senior Scholar in Residence at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. since January 2003. He was Executive Director for Science at the American Psychological Association 2001 to 2003. He’s been President of the New York Academy of Sciences, has served on the Board of Directors of the APA, and been president of Divisions 1 (General Psychology) and 25 (Behavior Analysis), and of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. He also served as the first Chair of the Board of the Cambridge Center 1986 – 1988, subsequently as a member until 1991 and again a member of the Board since 2004. He is author or editor of 12 books and over 130 articles and book chapters. The most recent book was edited by Rieber, R.W., and him in 1998: Psychology: Theoretical-historical perspectives. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. He has varied research interests, including behavior analysis applied to human beings, dogs, rats, and goldfish, schizophrenia, verbal behavior of children and adults and history of psychology. He has both given grants (when a program officer at the National Science Foundation) and received them (when professor of psychology at Hofstra University and Polytechnic University of New York and Principal Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute) for his own research. He received the Sustained Superior Performance Award from the NSF, the Stratton Award from the American Psychopathological Association, and the Most Meritorious Article Award from the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. In 2002 he was Presidential Scholar for the Association for Behavior Analysis.

Top Papers
Salzinger, K., Portnoy, S., & Feldman, R.S. (1966). Verbal behavior in schizophrenics and some comments toward a theory of schizophrenia. In P. Hoch & J. Zubin (Eds.) Psychopathology of schizophrenia. New York: Grune & Stratton. Given the Stratton Award by the American Psychopathological Association in 1964.
Salzinger, K. (1984). The immediacy hypothesis in a theory of schizophrenia. In W.D. Spaulding, & J. K. Cole (Eds.) Nebraska Symposium on motivation: Theories of schizophrenia and psychosis. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
Salzinger, K. (1991). The experimental analysis of verbal behavior in schizophrenia. In S. Steinhauer, J. H. Gruzelier & J. Zubin (Eds.) Handbook of schizophrenia. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science Publishers. Pp. 465 - 484.
Salzinger, K. (1993). The experimental approach to psychopathology. Master Lecture. In T. Fagan, & R. VandenBos (Eds.) Exploring applied psychology: Origins and critical analyses. Washington, DC: America Psychological Association.
Salzinger, K., & Pisoni, S. (1958). Reinforcement of affect responses of schizophrenics during the clinical interview. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 57, 84-90.
Salzinger, K., Portnoy, S., & Feldman, R.S. (1964). Verbal behavior of schizophrenic and normal subjects. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 105, 845-860.
Salzinger, K. & Serper, M. (2004). Schizophrenia: The Immediacy Mechanism. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 4, 397 – 409.

What are the top three papers (not yours) you have read recently?
Dakin, S., Carlin, P. and Hemsley, D.(2005). Weak suppression of visual context in chronic schizophrenia, Current Biology, 15, 822 - 824.
Lewis, M. and Ramsay, D. (2005). Infant emotional and cortisol responses to goal blockage. Child Development, 76, 518 - 530.
Heinrichs, R. W. (2005). The primacy of cognition in schizophrenia. American Psychologist, 60, 229 - 242.
If resources were not limited, what research projects would you pursue?
Use of the Immediacy Theory to develope a form of behavioral therapy. A beginning of that has taken place but much more work is necessary.
What is your leading hypothesis?
Immediacy Theory (see references among my so-called outstanding papers above).
What piece of missing evidence would help prove it?
Effectiveness of therapy using the concept.
What is your fallback position?
Other perceptual theories.

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