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Mark T. Harvey

Associate Professor | College of Psych. and Liberal Arts - School of Behavior Analysis

Contact Information
(321) 674-7701
The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, 207

Educational Background

B.A. West Virginia University
M.S. University of Oregon
PhD University of Oregon

Professional Experience

Florida Institute of Technology (2009 to present)

Associate Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis (SOBA) in the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. Duties and responsibilities include: Teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses, grant development and acquisition, appraisal of student applications, supervision of theses, mentoring doctoral students, committee assignments, and student advisement.

Florida Institute of Technology (2006 to 2009)

Assistant Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis track in the School of Psychology. Duties and responsibilities include: Teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses, research development, grant acquisition, practicum supervision, development of practicum sites, supervision of student thesis and capstone projects, program development, committee assignments, and student advisement.

Williamson County Schools (2005-2006)

Behavior Intervention Specialist
Grant funded position with school district to provide district-wide behavioral services to general education and special education students. Duties and responsibilities included: Completing functional behavioral assessments, developing behavior support plans, monitoring and evaluation of behaviorally based supports, instruction of professional development opportunities, providing in-service training, attending treatment team staffings, and coordination of community services via case management.

Vanderbilt University (2003 - 2005)

Research Assistant Professor
Research Assistant Professor in Special Education at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Duties included teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, supervision of students, and coordination of research laboratories. Applied and basic research activities conducted in accordance with the John F. Kennedy Center on Human Development.

Vanderbilt University (2000-2002)

Post Doctoral study / Research Associate
NIH grant-funded post-doctoral study. Primary responsibility was research administration. Other duties included: supervision of masters and doctoral level students, coordination of grant submissions, and development of a training series for teachers on functional behavioral assessment.

Additional Duties

Undergraduate Program Chair (2017 – 2021).

Liaison between undergraduate faculty, undergraduate students, and the Dean of COPLA. Coordinated the development of department goals, preparation of course schedules and teaching assignments, oversight of change of majors and transfer students, assessment of curricular changes and changes to degree requirements, submission of all departmental changes to university curriculum committee, and production of orientation materials for students, teaching assistants, parents, and adjunct faculty.


Online Course Developer (2010 to present)

Contracted content expert for the development of PSY 3421, Learning and Motivation. Responsible for the development of syllabus and assessments, course materials, and online delivery.

Interim Program Chair (Spring 2010)

Responsible for the overall leadership and administration of the ABA program. Tasks included oversight of academic programs, student recruitment, course scheduling, coordination of student selection processes, and program representation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees.

Selected Publications

Emer, S. A., Grace, M. S., Mora, C. V., and Harvey, M. T. (2022). Pit organ-based
discrimination sensitivity and signal transduction in the Burmese python (Python molurus
bivitattus). Behavioural Brain Research, 429(1978):113910.

Chastain, J. A., & Harvey, M. T. (2018). On the efficacy of video reinforcement in human operant behavior. Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin, 30, 10-17.

Emer, S. A., Mora, C. V., & Harvey, M. T., & Grace, M. S. (2015). Predators in training: Operant conditioning of novel behavior in wild Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivitattus). Animal Cognition, 18(1), 269-278.

Houvouras, A. J. IV, & Harvey, M. T. (2014). Establishing fire safety skills using behavioral skills training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 47, 420-424.

Jamison, C. A., Kelley, D. P. III, Schmitt, C., Harvey, M. T., Harvey, A. C., & Meyer, E. (2014). Impact of an overt response system on staff performance and maintenance of computer-based instruction. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 34(4), 279-290.

VanDerHeyden, A. M., & Harvey, M. T. (2013). Using data to advance learning outcomes in schools. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 15(4), 205-213.

Boudreau, J., & Harvey, M. T. (2013). Increasing recreational initiations for children who have ASD using video self-modeling. Education and Treatment of Children, 36, 1, 49-60.

Harvey, A. C., Harvey, M. T., Kenkel, M. B., & Russo, D. C. (2010). Funding of applied behavior analysis services: Current status and growing opportunities. Psychological Services, 7, 202-212.

Harvey, M. T., Kline, R., Roberts, C., May, M. E., Valdovinos, M. G., Wiley, R. G., & Kennedy, C. H. (2010). Parametric analysis of thermal preference following sleep deprivation in the rat. Neuroscience Letters, 485, 98-101.

Harvey, M. T., Luiselli, J. K., & Wong, S. E. (2009). Application of applied behavior analysis to mental health issues. Psychological Services, 6, 212-222.

Roberts, C., Harvey, M. T., May, M., Valdovinos, M. G., Patterson, T. G., Couppis, M. H., & Kennedy, C. H. (2008). Varied effects of conventional antiepileptics on responding maintained by negative versus positive reinforcement. Physiology and Behavior, 93, 612-621.

Recognition & Awards

Doctoral Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA-D®)


Use of vibrotactile prompting strategies to teach social skills to students with autism, application of differential outcomes effect (DOE) in clinical and educational settings, use of accelerometers to quantify cranio-facial self injury, the use of web-based observation systems for practical experience, technology in education, and assessment of social skills in children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Research & Project Interests

Applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, behavioral strategies in educational settings, sleep architecture, and integration of bio-medical and behavioral indices.

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