Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D., currently works in two areas and uses the standard celeration chart in both as well as in her daily life. After spending 20 years as a teacher and building principal, she later consulted with schools, training teachers in the use of precision teaching and evidenced-based curricula to improve teaching and test results in reading, math, and writing. She has given well over 100 workshops to professional groups, was an adjunct university professor, and remains a school psychologist. She spends much of her time writing about inner behavior counted and recorded by the individual through the eyes of the standard celeration chart and behavior analysis. Her other role is writing. This includes nonfiction about people in highly stressful situations, whether military personnel, commercial fishing, or characters in novels. She has had eight books, 50 standard celeration chart-based and behavior analytic articles, and over 75 poems and 20 literary prose writings published, some of which have won awards nationally and in Alaska. Her most recent publications include a chapter in Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, published in 2015 by Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and her book, The Soul of My Soldier, 2015, which is a prose and poetry memoir about being the wife of a three-tour retired veteran. This and her other recent nonfiction book about commercial fishing refer to specific instances that show some principles of behavior analysis when describing peoples’ behaviors. Her professional interest in military issues lies in using behavior analysis with military personnel and veterans with PTSD and suicide issues. She serves as a co-chair of the Military and Veterans Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She is also the chair of Behavior Analysis in the Arts a Special Interest Group for the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She hikes, kayaks, cross-country skis, gardens, cans, laughs a lot, and enjoys the company of others.
Dr. Calkin does not receive speaker fees for presenting as part of the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. These fees are donated directly to The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (TM).