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E. Scott Geller

E. Scott Geller

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Director, Center for Applied Behavior Systems


E. Scott Geller, Ph.D., is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He is past Editor of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-92), and current Associate Editor (since 1983) of Environment and Behavior, and consulting editor for Journal of Safety Research, Behavior and Social Issues, Behavior Analyst Digest, and Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Dr. Geller has authored more than 350 research articles and over 75 books or chapters addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. His recent books in occupational health and safety include: The Psychology of Safety; Working Safe; Understanding Behavior-Based Safety; Building Successful Safety Teams; Beyond Safety Accountability: How to Increase Personal Responsibility; The Psychology of Safety Handbook; Keys to Behavior-Based Safety from Safety Performance Solutions; The Participation Factor; People-Based Safety: The Source; and People-Based Patient Safety: Enriching your culture to prevent medical error; coauthored by Dave Johnson, and Leading People-Based Safety: Enriching your culture, and was recently published by Coastal Training Technologies Corporation. His latest books are narratives, entitled The Courage Factor: Leading people-based culture change and When No One’s Watching: Living and leading self-motivation.

Dr. Geller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He is past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-1992), current Associate Editor of Environment and Behavior (since 1982), and current Consulting Editor for Behavior and Social Issues, the Behavior Analyst Digest, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Dr. Geller has written more than 200 articles for Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, a trade magazine disseminated to more than 75,000 companies. He has collaborated with Tel-A-Train Inc. and J.J. Keller and Associates in the development of various training series, which include videotapes, workbooks, and facilitators’ guides. For these innovative and creative works, beginning with a 1995 nationally renowned seminar series -- Actively Caring for Safety--the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis honored Dr. Geller with an award for Effective Presentation of Behavior Analysis in the Mass Media.

Dr. Geller and his colleagues at SPS have worked with numerous organizations, both public and private, to tailor training and implementation efforts related to the psychology of safety. Past customers include both small and large organizations representing manufacturing, chemical processing, transportation, and service industries, including: Allied Signal, American Standard, ARCO Chemical, AT&T, Bayer, Bechtel, BF Goodrich, BHP Cooper, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Champion International, Chevron, Corning, ExxonMobil, Eli Lilly, Ford, General Motors, Georgia-Pacific, Hercules, Hewlett-Packard, Koch Refining, Leprino Foods, Lockheed, Lucent Technologies, Monsanto, Pacificorp, Power Bar, Rohm and Haas, Solutia, Textron, 3M, Toyota, Union Pacific Railroad, Wal-Mart, Westinghouse, Westvaco, and Weyerhaeuser.

Dr. Geller has been the Principal Investigator for more than 75 research grants involving the application of behavioral science for the benefit of corporations, institutions, government agencies, or communities in general. Both government agencies and corporations have funded his research including: the National Science Foundation; the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. Department of Transportation; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; General Motors Research Laboratories; the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation; and the Virginia Departments of Energy, Transportation, Litter Control, Agriculture and Commerce, and Welfare and Institutions.

Scott Geller’s dedication, talent, and energy have helped him earn a teaching award in 1982 from the American Psychological Association and every university teaching award offered at Virginia Tech. Moreover, in 2001 Virginia Tech awarded Dr. Geller the University Alumni Award for Excellence in Research. In 2002, the University honored him with the Alumni Outreach Award for his exemplary real-world applications of behavioral science, and in 2003 he received the University Alumni Award for Graduate Student Advising. In 2005, he was awarded the statewide Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education, and Virginia Tech conferred the title of Alumni Distinguished Professor on him.

He has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Organizational Behavior Management Network (in 2008) and the American Psychological Foundation (in 2009). And in 2010 he was honored with the Outstanding Applied Research Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2011, The College of Wooster, Dr. Geller’s alma mater, awarded him the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

Background

  • 1967-1969 Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  • 1964-1967 M.A. Experimental Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  • 1960-1964 B.A. Pre-med and Psychology, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

Interests

  • Development and evaluation of behavior change strategies to improve quality of life
  • Behavioral community interventions for litter control, resource recovery, energy conservation, crime prevention, transportation management, safety belt promotion, the reduction of alcohol-impaired driving, injury control, and child survival in underdeveloped countries
  • Industrial performance science for occupational health and safety

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Psychology
  • The Psychology of Self-Motivation
  • Large-Scale Applications of Behavioral Science
  • Leadership Principles for Athletes

Publications

  • Geller, E. S. (2001). The psychology of safety handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Ludwig, T.D., & Geller, E.S. (2001). Intervening to improve the safety of occupational driving: A behavior-change model and review of empirical evidence. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc.
  • Geller, E. S. (2001). Working safe: How to help people actively care for health and safety (Second Edition). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Geller, E. S. (2001). Beyond safety accountability (Second Edition). Rockville, MD: Government Institutes.
  • Geller, E. S. (2001). Building successful safety teams (Second Edition). Rockville, MD: Government Institutes.
  • Williams, J., & Geller, E. S. (2001) (Eds.). Keys to behavior-based safety from Safety Performance Solutions. Rockville, MD: Government Institutes.
  • Geller, E. S. (2002). The participation factor: How to increase involvement in occupational safety. Des Plaines, IL: American Society of Safety Engineers.
  • Geller, E. S. (2005). People-based safety: The source. Virginia Beach, VA: Coastal Training and Technologies Corporation.
  • Geller, E. S. (2006) (Ed.). The power of friendship: Dick Sanderson’s positive fight with ALS. Newport, VA: Make-A-Difference, LLC.
  • Geller, E. S., & Johnson, D. (2007). The anatomy of medical error: Preventing harm with people-based safety. Virginia Beach, VA: Coastal Training and Technologies Corporation.
  • Geller, E. S., & Lehman, P.K. (2007) (Eds.). Teaching excellence at a research-centered university: Energy, empathy, and engagement in the classroom. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.
  • Geller, E.S. (2008). Leading people-based safety: Enriching your culture. Virginia Beach, VA: Coastal Training and Technologies Corporation.
  • Geller, E.S., & Johnson, D. (2008). People-based patient safety: Enriching your culture to prevent medical error. (Revised and Re-titled Edition of Geller & Johnson, 2007). Virginia Beach, VA: Coastal Training and Technologies Corporation.
  • Geller, E.S. & Veazie, R.A. (2009). The courage factor: Leading people-based culture change. Virginia Beach, VA: Coastal Training and Technologies Corporation.
  • Geller, E.S. & Veazie, R.A. (2010). When No One’s Watching: Living & leading self-motivation. Newport, VA: Make-A-Difference, LLC.
  • Geller, C.H., Geller, K.S., & Geller, E.S. (2010) (Eds.) In celebration of teaching: Radford University perspectives. Radford, VA: Radford University Foundation.
  • Geller, E. S. (2003). The role of psychology in achieving an ecologically sustainable future. In M. Bloom & T. Gullotta (Eds.), Encyclopedia of primary prevention and health promotion (pp. 85-92). New York: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum.
  • Geller, E. S. (2003). Psychology and occupational health: The human environment at work. In S.R. DiNardi (Ed), The occupational environment: Its evaluation, control, and management (pp.748-770). Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association.
  • Geller, E. S. (2005). Good to great teaching: What does it take? In Benson, T., Burke, C., Amstadter, A., Siney, R., Beins, B., & Buskist, W. (Eds.). The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Psychology’s Best Teachers. Syracuse, NY: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
  • Geller, E. S. (2006). Occupational injury prevention and applied behavior analysis In A.C. Gielen, D. A. Sleet, & R. J. DiClemente (Eds.), Injury and violence prevention: Behavioral science theories, methods, and applications (pp. 217-322) New York: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
  • Geller, E. S. (2007). The interdependency of teaching and learning: From the classroom to real-world application. In E. S. Geller and Lehman, P.K. (Eds.). Teaching excellence at a research-centered university: Energy, empathy, and engagement in the classroom. Boston, MA: Pearson Publishing.
  • Dula, C.S., & Geller, E.S. (2007). Creating a total Safety traffic culture. Traffic Safety Culture Compendium. In Improving Traffic Safety Culture in the United States: The journey forward. American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, DC.
  • Geller, E.S. (2008). Applied behavior analysis: In S.F. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.) 21st Century psychology: A reference handbook. Vol. 2(pp. 435-447). New York: Sage Publishers.
  • Lehman, P.K., & Geller, E.S. (2008). Applications of social psychology to increase the impact of behavior-focused intervention. In L. Steg, A. P. Buunk, & T. Rothengatter (Eds.) Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Managing Social Problems. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Geller, E.S. (2009). Behavior-Based Safety: A Practical Approach. In the National Safety Council’s Supervisors’ Safety Manual (10th Edition) (pp.45-76). Itasca, IL: National Safety Council.
  • Geller, E.S. (2010). Cultivating an actively caring culture: The courage and compassion of an injury-free workplace. EHS Today, 3(2) p. 39-41.
  • Geller, E.S. (2010). Cultivating a self-motivated workforce: The choice, community and competence of an injury-free culture. EHS Today, 3(5) p. 31-33.
  • Ludwig, T.D., Geller, E.S., & Clarke, S.W. (2010). The additive impact of group and individual publically-displayed feedback: Examining individual response patterns and response generalization in a safe-driving occupational intervention. In Performance Psychology: Theory and Application in Industry, Sports, and Behavioral Healthcare (Luiselli, J.K. Editor). A special issue of Behavior Modification, 34(5) p. 338-366
  • Geller, E.S. (2010). When No One’s Watching: The psychology of self-motivation for safety. Proceedings of the 2010 Professional Development Conference for the American Society of Safety Engineers, Baltimore, MD: The American Society of Safety Engineers.
  • Geller, E.S. (2011). Psychological science and safety: Large-scale success at preventing occupational injuries and fatalities. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 20 (2). 109-114.
  • Downing, C.O., & Geller, E.S. (2011). ID please: A follow-up field study on cashiers. Behavior Analysis Digest International. 23(1). 3-4.
  • Furrow, C. B., McCarty, S. M., & Geller, E. S. (2011, Summer). Behavior analysts investigate how to “Pay It Forward.” Behavior Analysis Digest International, 23(2) p.7-8.
  • Geller, E.S. (2011). Empowerment for crisis prevention and recovery: What does it take? [Review of the book This is not a fire drill: Crisis intervention and prevention on College Campuses]. PsycCRITIQUES.
  • McCarty, S.M., & Geller, E.S. (2011, Summer).Want to get rid of bullying? Then reward behavior that is incompatible with it. Behavior Analysis Digest International, 23(2) p. 1-7.

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