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Dr Mecca Chiesa



Mecca Chiesa is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who has published widely on philosophical and experimental issues in the science of behaviour. She received her Ph.D from the University of Wales Cardiff in 1990. Her thesis was subsequently revised and published as Radical Behaviorism: The Philosophy and the Science (1994, Boston: Authors Cooperative), and is now in its second printing. She was on the editorial board of The Behavior Analyst from 1995 to 2001 and is currently on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Technology Today.

Before joining the Tizard Centre in September 2003, Mecca spent several years setting up early intervention programmes for young autistic children and ran a research programme on the effects of fluency building (a Precision Teaching procedure) for children struggling with the mainstream maths curriculum. Mecca is a founding member of the ABA Lecturers Cooperative who, in collaboration with the Treehouse Trust, established the first course in the UK to be approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as meeting the educational and experience requirements for their Associate-level exam. The first cohort to complete the course are now accredited behaviour analysts. Her research interests currently are concerned with integrating fluency building into early intervention programmes for autistic children and skills-development programmes for learning disabled clients more generally.

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Hobbs, S. and Chiesa, M. (2011). "The myth of the cognitive revolution". European Journal of Behaviour Analysis 12:385-394.
Chiesa, M. and Hobbs, S. (2008). Making sense of social research: How useful is the Hawthorne Effect? European Journal of Social Psychology [Online] 38:67-74. Available at:
Chiesa, M. (2003). Sobre la Meta-Etica, la etica normativa y el Conductismo. Revista Latinoamericana de Psicologia 35:289-297.
Chiesa, M. (2003). Errors of omission and commission: the analysis of misrepresentation in secondary sources. History and Philosophy of Psychology 5:46-56.
Chiesa, M. (2003). On meta-ethics, normative ethics and behaviorism. Latin American Journal of Psychology 35:289-297.
Chiesa, M. (2001). Does terminology from biology work in the realm of operant behaviour. Behavioural and Brain Sciences [Online] 24:533-534. Available at:
Chiesa, M. (2001). A voice on autism from Europe: a review of parents' education as autism therapists edited by Mickey Keenan, Ken P Kerr, and Karola Dillenburger. Behaviour Analyst 24:101-105.
Chiesa, M. and Robertson, A. (2000). Precision teaching and fluency training: making maths easier for pupils and teachers . Educational Psycology in practice 16:297-310.
Chiesa, M. (1998). Interpreting the record in context. Behaviour Analyst 21:103-105.
Chiesa, M. (1998). Beyond mechanism and dualism: rethinking the scientific foundations of psychology. British Journal of Psychology 89:353-370.
Chiesa, M. (1996). Cause, explanation and theory in a science of behavior. Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis 22:61-82.
Chiesa, M. (1992). Radical behaviourism and scientific frameworks: from mechanistic to relational accounts. American Psychologist 47:1287-1299.
Chiesa, M. (1987). What are the payoffs for trashing behaviourism? Behavioural Approaches with Children 11:46-51.
Book section
Chiesa, M., Hobbs, S. and Cornwell, D. (2010). Telling tales about behavior analysis: textbooks, scholarship and rumor . in: Leslie, J. C. and Blackman, D. E. eds. Experimental and applied analysis of human behavior . Context Press, pp. 251-270.
Chiesa, M. (2005). ABA is not 'a therapy for autism' . in: Keenan, M. et al. eds. Applied behaviour analysis and autism: building a future together . London: Jessica Kingsley, pp. 225-240.
Chiesa, M. (2003). Implications of determination: Moral responsibility and the value of science. in: Lattal, K. A. and Chase, P. eds. Behaviour Theory and Philosophy. Kluwer Academic/Plenum, pp. 243-258.
Chiesa, M. (2006). Behaviorismo Radical: a filosofia e a Ciencia (translation) . Brasilia DF: Editora Celeiro .
Chiesa, M. (1994). Radical Behaviorism: the philosophy and the science . Boston: Author's Cooperative .
Total publications in KAR: 18 [See all in KAR]
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Mecca has many years experience of supervising research and postgraduate students. She welcomes inquiries from graduates interested in Behaviour Analysis generally, and particularly in Precision Teaching, Fluency Building, Autism, and Learning Disabilities. The Centre is recognised for ESRC studentships and for ESRC CASE studentship

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