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Henry S. "Hank" Pennypacker

Henry S. "Hank" Pennypacker received his doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Duke University in 1962. He joined the Psychology faculty of the University of Florida later that year and co-founded the Experimental Analysis of Behavior Division in 1967. He was immediately attracted to the possibility of applying behavioral science to the solution of human problems. He served as Acting Chairman of the Department in 1968 was Chairman of the State of Florida Peer Review Committee of the Department of Rehabilitative services from the early 1970’s to 1981. He and Jim Johnston developed a behavior-based method of college teaching that was adapted to a campus-wide program for underachieving students. The method featured peer instruction His collaboration with Jim Johnston also resulted in the 1980 publication of a textbook on research methods that is now in its fourth edition.

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In the mid-1970’s Hank and several colleagues from the Departments of Medicine and Materials Science Engineering developed a method of manual breast examination that is now recognized as the world’s standard for clinical breast examination. It is an early example of effective collaboration between behavioral scientists and specialists in other disciplines. This work formed the basis of Buying in Without Selling Out his 1986 Presidential Address to the Association for Behavior Analysis. He has received a variety of awards from the American Cancer Society, Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, and the 2007 Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis. He attained the rank of Professor Emeritus in 2006


Hank and his wife Susanne have been married since 1955, have three grown children, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.  Hank is an instrument-rated private pilot and served two terms as Vice-Chairman of the Gainesville Regional Airport Authority.  He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and is a Founder and Director of  The MammaCare Foundation.


Hank enjoys fly fishing in his native Montana and golf in his adoptive Florida. He also maintains a moderate proficiency on the guitar.

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