The 2022 Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award

Wayne W. Fisher, PhD, BCBA-D

Each year, the BACB honors an individual with the Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award to commemorate the life and contributions of Michael Hemingway, who played a central role in the development of behavior analyst certification in Florida before serving as a founding director of the BACB. Michael’s commitments to the profession of applied behavior analysis and to increasing access to services are reflected in the behavior of the individual who receives this award.

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 recipient of the Michael Hemingway Behavior Analysis Award is Wayne W. Fisher, PhD, BCBA-D. Dr. Fisher is currently the Henry Rutgers Endowed Professor of Pediatrics in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a core faculty member of the Brain Health Institute, and the director of the Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services, all at Rutgers University. Dr. Fisher’s professional contributions fulfill both criteria for this award: helping increase access to quality ABA services and developing sound public policy in behavior analysis. In addition to his record as one of the discipline’s top applied researchers, Dr. Fisher has overseen and/or developed 4 state-of-the-art clinical research programs for autism and developmental disabilities (at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Marcus Autism Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute, and Rutgers University); served as editor-in-chief of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; helped improve access to ABA services through legislative activity in Nebraska; and served as a principal author of the current CPT® billing codes used nationally in applied behavior analysis. We are thankful to Dr. Fisher for his many distinguished contributions, which have greatly benefitted our science, our practice, and most importantly, the consumers of ABA services.