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Montrose Madison Wolf, PhD (May 29, 1935, Houston, Texas — March 19, 2004, Lawrence, Kansas) was an American psychologist. He developed the technique of "time-out" as a learning tool to shape behavior in children in the 1960s.[1] He was a leader in creating the discipline of problem-solving, real-world psychological research known as applied behavior analysis.

He created the Teaching Family Model as an intervention program for dealing with juvenile delinquents. He helped replicated this model almost 800 times. [2]

Donald Baer, Sidney W. Bijou, Todd Risley and Wolf established the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, in 1968 as a peer-reviewed journal publishing research about experimental analysis of behavior and its practical applications.[3]


  1. Risley, Todd (2005), "Montrose M. Wolf (1935–2004)", J Appl Behav Anal, Summer; 38(2): 279–287; DOI:10.1901/jaba.2005.165-04 .
  2. Fixsen, D.L., Blasé, K, Timbers, G.D. and Wolf, M.M. (2007).In Search of Program Implementation: 792 Replications of the Teaching-Family Model. The Behavior Analyst Today,8(1), 96-114 BAO
  3. Morris, Edward K. "Sidney W. Bijou: November 12, 1908 to June 11, 2009", Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. Accessed July 23, 2009.

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