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USC Aiken Directory


Edward Callen, PhD


Dr. Callen teaches undergraduate courses and labs in Learning, Motivation, and Introductory Psychology as well as the graduate-level Learning, Cognition, and Behavior. His research focuses on learning and motivation with an emphasis on conditioning and extinction of human and animal fears, and development of animal models of various clinical disorders. He also serves as chair of Master’s theses.


Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, 1986 in Experimental Psychology

Honors and Awards

South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor

Thurmond Chair in Behavioral Sciences


Callen, E. J. (2004). Context preexposure influences the effectiveness of feedback stimuli in avoidance learning. Behavioural Processes, 66. 35-42. 

Hammett J, Callen E, and Hey W. (2000). Effects of High Repetition Weight Training Program on Muscular Strength and Anaerobic Power in Male College Basketball Players During a Competitive Season. KAHPERD Journal, 36 (1), 33-36.

Callen, E.J., & Boyd, T.L. (1990). Examination of a backchaining/counterconditioning process during the extinction of conditioned fear. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 28, 261-271.

Boyd, T.L., Callen, E.J., & House, W. J. (1989). The effects of post-stress exposure to alcohol upon the development of alcohol consumption in rats. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 27, 35-41.

Callen, E. J. (1986). Fear of the CS and of the context in two-way avoidance learning: Between- and within-subjects manipulations. Animal Learning & Behavior, 14, 80-89.

Callen, E. J., McAllister, W. R., & McAllister, D. E. (1984). Investigations of the reinstatement of extinguished fear. Learning and Motivation, 15, 302-320.