Neil Martin

Dr Martin has been working as a behaviour analyst (as a clinician, academic, supervisor and researcher), since 1990. He received his PhD from the University of Reading (UK) in 1998 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2002. He was among the first handful of BCBAs in the UK and he was one of the ‘ABA Lecturer’s Co-operative’ that developed the first BACB-approved course sequence in the UK, and the first outside the US.

After working within academia at the University of Kent, Dr. Martin worked independently for many years teaching on a number of BACB course sequences and helping to establish others around the world, supervising students and consulting to numerous organisations and families both in the UK and internationally.

Dr Martin has published research in journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, Research in Developmental Disabilities and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and he has special interests in the use of technology, media and software related to teaching and research.

In April 2015 Dr Martin became the BACB’s Director of International Development. He provides help and support to countries in terms of developing the necessary infrastructure for the emergence of Behaviour Analysis as a recognized profession.

Presentation at the ABA International Conference 2024


Why Behaviour Analysis is a Separate and Important Discipline


Behaviour analysis is the science of behaviour with a history extending back to the early 20th century. Its guiding philosophy is behaviourism, which is based on the premise that attempts to improve the human condition through behaviour change (e.g., education, behavioural health treatment) will be most effective if behaviour itself is the primary focus.

Applied Behaviour Analysts use strategies and tactics derived from the experimental analysis of behaviour and the curricula content of university training programs has near zero overlap with most other disciplines.

Despite B.F. Skinner’s desire for psychology to embrace the natural science paradigm of what eventually became Behaviour Analysis, it never happened and now Behaviour Analysis is a mature discipline with a specific circumstantial and deterministic world view.