Kenneth Jacobs


Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department Psychology
Office Meier Hall 224G
Phone 978.542.4725
Email kenneth.jacobs@salemstate.edu

Recent and Upcoming Courses

PSY 210 Introduction to Learning
PSY 299 Internship Preparation
PSY 519 Internship Preparation
PSY 545 Seminar in Learning Theory
PSY 715 Behavioral Principles of Learning
PSY 830 Small N Research Design & Analysis
PSY 875 Directed Study
PSY 899 Psychology Masters Thesis I
PSY 997 Special Topics in Behavior Analysis
PSY 999 Psychology Masters Thesis II

Professional Biography

Kenneth W. Jacobs, Ph.D., BCBA-D earned his doctorate in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was trained in behavioral theory, philosophy, and the experimental analysis of human behavior.

Professional Interests

Behaviorism as a philosophy of science, pragmatism as a way of life, and single-case experimental design as a way of understanding socially significant behavior-change in real time. 

Selected Publications

Jacobs, K. W., Klapak, B., Morford, Z. H., & Snyder, R. (2024). The effects of response disequilibrium on social media use: A laboratory analogue. Behavioural Processes. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.BEPROC.2024.104995 

Jacobs, K. W., King, J. E., & Dowdy, A. (2023). Disequilibrium as determinant of reinforcement and punishment effects: A replication. Psychological Record, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40732-023-00576-8

Jacobs, K. W. (2020). A pragmatic sign theory of truth for the behavioral sciences. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 16, 172-177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.04.010  

Jacobs, K.W., Morford, Z. H., & King, J. E. (2019). Disequilibrium in behavior analysis: A disequilibrium theory redux. Behavioural Processes, 162, 197-204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2019.02.006  

Jacobs, K.W. (2019). Replicability and randomization test logic in behavior analysis. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 111(2), 329-341. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.501  

Killeen, P. R., & Jacobs, K. W. (2017). Coal is not black, snow is not white, food is not a reinforcer: the roles of affordances and dispositions in the analysis of behavior. The Behavior Analyst, 40(1) 17-38. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-016-0080-7