Professor Douglas Mark Elliffe

BSc, PhD

Biography

Doug has been at the University of Auckland, as student and staff, since 1979. He was appointed to the academic staff to initiate Psychology at Tāmaki in 1992.

He has served the University in many different capacities – as Associate Dean of Science (Tāmaki, Doctoral); as a member of Animal Ethics Committee and of Education Committee; as Deputy Head and then Head of School, Psychology; on a wide range of school, faculty and University committees and Boards of Studies; and most recently as Deputy Dean of Science.

Research | Current

Doug’s main research interests are in Learning by both animals and humans, or the experimental analysis of behaviour. His particular speciality is experimental analyses of choice, but the range of his recent published work includes analyses of

His research lab, the EABRU, won the 2009 SABA international award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis.

 

Teaching | Current

Doug teaches Learning and Research Methods in several undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Postgraduate supervision

Doug has supervised or cosupervised the completed theses of 14 PhD students, 25 Masters students, and about 25 Honours dissertations and other research projects.  Most of this students have worked in the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Research Group's animal lab, but some have conducted behavioural experiments with human participants, or research in applied settings with both animals and humans.

Doug's six current PhD students are John Bai, Vikki Bland, Stephanie Gomes-Ng, Yuhan (Don) Li, Jessica McCormack and Stuart McGill.  You can find their thesis topics here.

Distinctions/Honours

  • Distinguished Teaching Award
  • SABA International Award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis

Responsibilities

Deputy Dean of Science (2016)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of the Marsden Fund panel for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Taylor, R., Elliffe, D., Podlesnik, C. A., & Cowie, S. (2019). The nanoeconomics of concurrent choice behavior. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 111 (2), 274-288. 10.1002/jeab.508
  • Elliffe, D., & Elliffe, M. (2019). Rank-permutation tests for behavior analysis, and a test for trend allowing unequal data numbers for each subject. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 111 (2), 342-358. 10.1002/jeab.502
  • Bland, V. J., Cowie, S., Podlesnik, C. A., & Elliffe, D. (2019). Dependent scheduling and evidence for melioration. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 111 (1), 146-148. 10.1002/jeab.486
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Cowie
  • Gomes-Ng, S., Elliffe, D., & Cowie, S. (2018). Environment tracking and signal following in a reinforcer-ratio reversal procedure. Behavioural processes, 157, 208-224. 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.10.001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie Gomes-Ng, Sarah Cowie
  • Li, D., Hautus, M. J., & Elliffe, D. (2018). Performance on the rapidly changing procedure, according to an associative learner. Behavioural processes, 157, 372-395. 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.07.011
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hautus, Don Li
  • Gomes-Ng, S., Elliffe, D., & Cowie, S. (2018). Generalization of response patterns in a multiple peak procedure. Behavioural processes, 157, 361-371. 10.1016/j.beproc.2018.07.012
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephanie Gomes-Ng, Sarah Cowie
  • Li, D., Elliffe, D., & Hautus, M. J. (2018). A multivariate assessment of the rapidly changing procedure with McDowell's Evolutionary Theory of Behavior Dynamics. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 110 (3), 336-365. 10.1002/jeab.478
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Hautus
  • Bland, V. J., Cowie, S., Elliffe, D., & Podlesnik, C. A. (2018). Does a negative discriminative stimulus function as a punishing consequence?. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 110 (1), 87-104. 10.1002/jeab.444
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Cowie

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Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 6, Room 651
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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