Dr. Carol Pilgrim, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Arts &
My research interests lie in experimental and applied behavior analysis, and in the work that bridges those essential domains. Work in my laboratory is focused on category or class formation, symbolic or relational stimulus control, stimulus equivalence, and issues related to the acquisition and modification of symbolic function. The research program in progress in my lab primarily involves young children as participants, including typically developing children as well as those diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. Currently, most of our participants are between 4 and 9 years of age, with the range extending up to about 12 years. Adult participants are also of interest, and are the focus of some of our experiments. My students and I conduct our studies at several local area pre-schools, daycare centers, and after-school programs; we also have adult laboratories in the Psychology Department at UNCW.
There are excellent research opportunities in my lab for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students who have worked in the lab in the past have gone on to top-rated graduate programs and careers in basic and applied behavior analysis, as well as in developmental psychology, school psychology, special education, clinical psychology, and counseling psychology.
Pilgrim, C., *Jackson, J., & Galizio, M. (2000). Acquisition of conditional discriminations in young, normally developing children. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 73, 177-193.
Pilgrim, C. (2003). Science and Human Behavior at fifty. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 80,329-340.
Galizio, M., *Stewart, K., & Pilgrim, C. (2004). Typicality effects in contingency-shaped equivalence classes. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 82, 253-273.