Mychal Machado

Assistant Professor
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
  • Lifespan Development
  • Developing Psychological Research
  • Why People Believe Weird Things

Professional & Department Service

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D)
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee
  • Board Member, Alaska Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Member, Behavior Analysis Concentration
  • Faculty Advisor

Research Interests

  • Use of behavior analytic lens to evaluate methods related to popular claims in health and psychology
  • Technology-based interventions for improving behavioral health
  • Analysis of verbal behavior
  • Social transmission of myths and superstitions


Machado, M. A., & Luczynski, K. C. (accepted pending revisions). Computer-based training to teach observers to accurately score problem behavior using fast forwarding at 5.0x normal speed. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Weber, N. A., Wood, D. D., & Machado, M. A. (accepted pending revisions). Effects of an Aqua-Titanium necklace on running speed when examined at the individual and group levels. Modern Psychological Studies.
Gabbert, B. M., & Machado, M. A. (2020). Evaluation of antecedent ambiguity on identification and categorization of behavior in lunar-effects research. Modern Psychological Studies, 25, 1-31.

Fisher, W. W., Retzlaff, B. J., Akers, J.S., Dezosa, A. A., Kaminski, A. J., & Machado, M. A. (2019). Establishing initial auditory-visual conditional discriminations in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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 Analysis.

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 Disorders, 8, 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, 305-314.