The BACB was very pleased to have several stellar candidates for this year's Hemingway Award. We are happy to announce that the recipient of the Michael Hemingway award for 2010-2011 is Dr. Greg Wagner, based on his distinguished service to the field. Dr. Wagner received his bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College and his graduate degrees from the University of Kansas. He recently retired from the position of Senior Psychologist for California’s Department of Developmental Services -- a position he had held since 1992. Throughout his career, Dr. Wagner worked to ensure that people with developmental disabilities have access to effective services, as well as to advance the field of behavior analysis throughout the State of California. Here are just a few examples of Dr. Wagner's efforts on behalf of both both behavior analysts and consumers:
--- advanced vendor categories that recognized BACB certificants, allowing them to contract with regional centers to provide treatment
--- assisted in the development of a civil service classification so that behavior analysts could work in state-operated facilities, such as developmental centers and state hospitals.
--- testified at legislative hearings and obtained annual funding for behavioral internships, all while keeping up an extensive record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at professional conferences.
--- provided as-needed and ongoing assistance to state agencies and behavior analyst organizations such as CalABA and the BACB.
In her letter supporting Dr. Wagner's nomination and noting his accomplishments, Dr. Jane Howard noted that “Had these collective accomplishments been done by a team of behavior analysts, they would be considered highly significant. It is almost unfathomable that a lone behavior analyst – Greg – was responsible for them.”
The criteria for the BACB’s Michael Hemingway award state that the recipient should be an individual that has helped promote the understanding of behavior analysis or is known for their advocacy for persons to access such service. Dr. Wagner surely meets, even exceeds, these criteria. It is no coincidence that around the BACB, Dr. Wagner is often referred to as, “The Michael Hemingway of California.” It is our pleasure to present this year’s award to him.