Julie Vargas

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Julie S. Vargas
Educationbachelors in music
masters in music education
Ph.D. in educational research
Alma materRadcliffe College
Columbia University
University of Pittsburgh
EmployerB. F. Skinner Foundation
Notable work
West Virginia University
Spouse(s)Ernest A. Vargas

Julie S. Vargas (born 1938 in Minneapolis, Minnesota)[1] is an educator who has written extensively on the science of behavior.[2]

Vargas is the daughter of B.F. Skinner, and serves as the President of the B. F. Skinner Foundation, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Vargas is an officer of The International Society for Behaviorology.[3]


Vargas received a bachelors in music from Radcliffe College, a masters in music education from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in educational research from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a faculty member at West Virginia University where she and her husband, Ernest A. Vargas, taught for more than 30 years in the College of Human Resources and Education.

Behaviorology: Skinner's new science[edit]

Vargas has written that, "What B. F. Skinner began is not an 'approach', 'view', 'discipline', 'field', or 'theory'. It was, and is, a science, differing from psychology in its dependent variables, its measurement system, its procedures, and its analytic framework".[4] She and a number of her colleagues have given Skinner's science the name "behaviorology". Behaviorology may be defined as the natural science of the behavior of organisms.


  • Writing Worthwhile Behavioral Objectives, 1973, Harper & Row
  • Behavioral Psychology for Teachers, 1977, Harper & Row
  • Bernice Stewart, Julie S. Vargas (1990). Teaching Behavior to Infants and Toddlers: A Manual for Caregivers and Parents. C.C. Thomas. ISBN 0-398-05638-2.
  • Vargas, Julie S. Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 978-0-415-52680-7.
  • Vargas, Julie Skinner (1969). Item Selection Techniques for Norm-referenced and Criterion-referenced Tests. University of Pittsburgh. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

Her more recent publications have been articles, including two 2005 entries on B. F. Skinner in Volumes I and III of The Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching [5] with Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2012.


  1. ^ Arntzen, Erik (2010). "Interview With Julie S. Vargas" (PDF). European Journal of Behavior Analysis. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ Freedman, David H. (June 2012). "The Perfected Self". The Atlantic Magazine. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Routledge Education Author of the Month May 2011 – Julie S. Vargas". Retrieved 3 Jun 2013.
  4. ^ Julie S. Vargas, (2004). "Contingencies over B. F. Skinner’s Discovery of Contingencies"[permanent dead link]. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 5, pp. 137-142.
  5. ^ An overview and a preview of Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching can be found at [1]

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