Journals, articles, and other resources about ABA in the field of Health, Sport & Fitness.


"An Introduction to Behavior Analysis in Health, Fitness, & Sports" by Raymond Miltenberger


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Health and Fitness [PDF]


ABA (Journals that have published HSF-related articles)

Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice

Behavior Analysis in Practice

Behavior Modification

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis


American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Archives of Internal Medicine

Behavioral Medicine

BMC Public Health

British Journal of Health Psychology

British Journal of Sports Medicine

Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice

European Journal of Health Psychology

Families, Systems, and Health

Health Psychology

Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine

Human Kinetics

International Journal of Behavior, Nutrition and Physical Activity

International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology

Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Journal of Health Psychology

Journal of Obesity

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (Injury)

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Physical Activity and Mental Health

Preventative Medicine

Psychology & Health

Psychology of Sports Medicine

Rehabilitation Psychology

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Society for Behavioral Medicine Outlook (newsletter)

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

Translational Behavior Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research


Sports & Athletic Performance

Allison, M. G., & Ayllon, T. (1980). Behavioral coaching in the development of skills in football, gymnastics, and tennis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 13, 297-314.

Boyer, E., Miltenberger, R. G., Batsche, C., & Fogel, V. (2009). Video modeling by experts with video feedback to enhance gymnastics skills. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 855-860.

Brobst, B., & Ward, P. (2002). Effects of public posting, goal setting, and oral feedback on the skills of female soccer players. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35, 247–257.

Komaki, J., & Barnett F. T. (1977). A behavioral approach to coaching football: improving the play execution of the offensive backfield on a youth football team. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 10,


Koop, S., & Martin, G. L. (1983). Evaluation of a coaching strategy to reduce swimming stroke errors with

beginning age-group swimmers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 16, 447-460.

Martin, G. L., Thompson, K., and Regehr, K. (2004). Studies using single-subject designs in sport psychology: 30 years of research. The Behavior Analyst, 27, 263-280.

McKenzie, T. L., & Rushall, B. S. (1974) Effects of self-recording on attendance and performance in a competitive swimming training environment. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 7, 199–206.

Van Houten, R., Van Houten, J., & Malenfant, J. E. L. (2007). Impact of a comprehensive safety program on bicycle helmet use among middle-school children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 239-247.

Ward, P., & Carnes, M. (2002). Effects of posting self-set goals on collegiate football players’ skill execution during practice and games. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 35, 1-12.

HEATHER G. BELANGER and RODNEY D. VANDERPLOEG (2005). The neuropsychological impact of sports-related concussion: A meta-analysis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 11, pp 345-357. 

Weight Loss & Management

Aragona, J., Cassady, J., & Drabman, R. S. (1975). Treating overweight children through parental training and contingency contracting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 8, 269-278.

De Luca, R. V. & Holborn, S. W. (1992). Effects of a variable-ratio reinforcement schedule with changing criteria on exercise in obese and nonobese boys. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 25, 671-679.

VanWormer, J. J. (2004). Pedometers and brief e-counseling: Increasing physical activity for overweight adults. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 37, 421-425.

Wysocki, T., Hall, G., Iwata, B., & Riordan, M. (1979). Behavioral management of exercise: Contracting for aerobic points. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 12, 55-64.

Smoking Cessation

Chivers, L. L., Higgins, S. T., Heil, S. H., Proskin, R. W. & Thomas, C. S. (2008). Effects of Initial Abstinence and Programmed Lapses on The Relative Reinforcing Effects of Cigarette Smoking. Journal of Applied

Behavior Analysis, 41, 481-497.

Higgins, S. T., Silverman, K., & Heil, S. H. (Eds.). (2008). Contingency management in substance abuse treatment. New York: Guilford.

Reynolds, B., Dallery, J., Shroff, P., Patak, M., & Leraas, K. (2008). A Web-Based Contingency Management Program with Adolescent Smokers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 41, 597-601.

Roll, J. M. (2005). Assessing the Feasibility of Using Contingency Management to Modify Cigarette Smoking by Adolescents. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 38, 63-467.

Roll, J. M., Higgins, S. T., & Badger, G. J. (1996). An Experimental Comparison of Three Different Schedules of Reinforcement of Drug Abstinence Using Cigarette Smoking as an Exemplar. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 29, 495-505.

(Reference: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, Inc. & Megan Coatley, M.A., BCBA, Owner and Founder of SPARK Behavior Solutions, LLC)