Nathan Azrin dies at 82
Friday, April 5, 2013
Nathan H. (Nate) Azrin, Professor Emeritus of psychology at Nova Southeastern University, died of complications from cancer at Broward Health North hospital in Pompano Beach, FL on March 29. He was 82. Dr. Azrin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Victoria Azrin-Besale, sons Michael, David, and Richard, and daughter Rachel.
Dr. Azrin studied with B.F. Skinner at Harvard University. He began his career as a research psychologist in the U.S. Army and went on to publish more than 100 studies in the fields of behavior therapy, applied behavior analysis, and psychology, many of which are considered classics. Among his many publications are "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day," which has sold millions of copies and has been translated into dozens of languages. Dr. Azrin also pioneered the use behavioral principles to build skills in people with developmental and psychiatric disorders, treat stuttering and tic disorders, develop "job club" reemployment programs, and treat substance abuse disorders. He served as editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and numerous other professional journals and held leadership positions in several behavior analysis and behavior therapy organizations.
The Nathan Azrin Foundation has been established to serve as a resource for information about Dr. Azrin's work and to continue his efforts to develop innovative behavioral solutions to problems of social significance. Information about donations to the foundation, formal shiva, and commemorations of Dr. Azrin's life can be found at www.nathanazrin.com.