Mychal Machado

Associate Professor and Behavior Analysis Program Coordinator
Department of Psychology
NSB 218
(907) 786-1625


Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer Institute, 2015
M.A., University of the Pacific, 2011
B.S., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2008

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Behavioral Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Interventions of Challenging Behavior
  • Learning and Behavior Laboratory
  • Behavioral Assessment
  • Single-Subject Research Design
  • Advanced Applications of Behavior Analysis

Professional & Department Service

  • Coordinator, Behavior Analysis Programs
  • Subject-Matter Expert, Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • Consultant, Interior of Alaska Center for Nonviolent Living
  • Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D)
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Board Member, Alaska Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Member, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Practice Board
  • Faculty Advisor

Research Interests

  • Use of behavior analytic lens to evaluate methods related to popular claims in health and psychology
  • Social learning, cultural selection, and the analysis of verbal behavior
  • Observer training 
  • Technology-based interventions for improving behavioral health


Holland, H., Ozuru, Y., & Machado, M. A. (2023). A preliminary evaluation of the effects of unfamiliar music and focus on mood. Modern Psychological Studies29(1). 1-28. vol29/iss1/15

Heatherly, M. C.,
 Machado, M. A., & Munden, B. G. (2023). Evaluation of three pour training procedures for beer, wine, and liquor. Modern Psychological Studies29(1), 1-33. vol29/iss1/12

Lupfer, G. J., Brandenburger, A., & Machado, M. A. (2023). Ultrasonic vocalizations near 30kHz may indicate excitement rather than distress in female Wistar rats. Applied Animal Behaviour Science261, 1-6. applanim.2023.105881d

Machado, M. A.
, & Lugo, A. M. (2020). A behavioral analysis of two strategies to eliminate racial bias in police use-of-forceBehavior Analysis in Practice. Preprint available.
Weber, N. A., Machado, M. A., & Wood, D. D. (2020). Effects of an Aqua-Titanium necklace on running speed when examined at the individual and group levels. Modern Psychological Studies. Preprint available. 

Machado, M. A., & Luczynski, K. C. (2020). Computer-based training to teach observers to accurately score problem behavior using fast forwarding at 5.0x normal speed. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 9999, 1-12.

Fisher, W. W., Luczynski, K. C., Blowers, A. P., Vosters, M. E., Pisman, M. D., Craig, A. R., Hood, S. A., Machado, M. A., Lesser, A. D., & Piazza, C. C. (2020). A randomized clinical trial of a virtual-training program for teaching skills to parents. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(4), 1856-1875.

Gabbert, B. M., & Machado, M. A. (2020). Evaluation of antecedent ambiguity on identification and categorization of behavior in lunar-effects research. Modern Psychological Studies25(1), 1-31.

Fisher, W. W., Retzlaff, B. J., Akers, J. S., DeSouza, A. A., Kaminski, A. J., & Machado, M. A. (2019). Establishing initial auditory-visual conditional discriminations in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis52(4), 1-18. 

Machado, M. A., Luczynski, K. C., & Hood, S. A. (2019). Evaluation of the accuracy, reliability, efficiency, and acceptability of fast forwarding to score problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis52(1), 315-334. 

Fisher, W. W., Luczynski, K. C., Hood, S. A., Lesser, A. L., Machado, M. A., & Piazza, C. C. (2014). Preliminary findings of a randomized clinical trial of a virtual training program for applied behavior analysis technicians. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders8, 1044-1054. 

Normand, M. P., Machado, M. A., Hustyi, K. M., & Morley, A. J. (2011). Infant sign training and functional analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44(2)305-314.