Forever In Our Hearts: Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz

Photograph of Dr. Jose Martinez-DiazJose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., passed away in 2020.

Jose was a professor and associate dean of Florida Tech's School of Behavior Analysis, which he founded. In addition, Jose was CEO of ABA Technologies, Inc. and an adjunct professor at Penn State's Department of Special Education. He was a Senior Consultant for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), as well as a member Florida’s Behavior Analysis Peer Review Committee. Jose was an officer and board member of the BACB for seven years. Jose was a past president of the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis and received its Charles H. Cox Award for Outstanding Service and Advancement of Behavior Analysis in Florida in 2005.

Jose earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in behavior analysis and therapy, from West Virginia University. His publications include a chapter on ethics in Cooper, Heron, and Heward, Applied Behavior Analysis (Second Edition) and an article on autism spectrum disorders in the National Health Review. His contributions to the School of Behavior Analysis and Florida Tech were many, and he is missed.