Dr. Garry L. Martin

Dr. Garry Martin is  a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He received his M.A. and Ph.D degrees from Arizona State University and has taught in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba from the fall of 1966 until his retirement in 2008. He has co-authored or co-edited 8 books. His co-authored books on behavioral psychology are used as primary texts at over 200 universities in several countries, and have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean. His best-selling textbook is Behavior Modification: What it is and How to Do It, co-authored by Dr. Joseph Pear

In 2006 Dr. Garry Martin was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Manitoba, recognizing his “outstanding professional achievement and community service.” This is an excerpt from the announcement page:


Dr. Garry Martin is one of Canada’s most acclaimed psychologists, and he has earned an international reputation as a leading researcher in developmental disabilities and sport psychology. He was instrumental in establishing the applied behavior analysis program in the Department of Psychology, as well as the research and training programs at St. Amant Centre, where his work had a profound, positive impact on the well-being of Manitobans with developmental disabilities. Dr. Martin was one of the first applied psychologists to show that persons with severe developmental disabilities are capable of learning functional skills if provided with positive learning environments. His work formed much of the foundation of the community living movement in Canada, and today, thanks to his pioneering research, many people with developmental disabilities lead productive lives in the community. Dr. Martin’s expertise in behavior analysis has also significantly influenced sport psychology, and his research produced new strategies for improving the skills of athletes, motivating athletes to get the most out of practice time, improving the performance of coaches, and helping athletes mentally prepare to perform at their full potential. He has served as an editorial board member on leading psychology journals, and served as a provincial, national and international consultant. Over the course of his career, he has received many prestigious awards for his research contributions. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2001.

Garry Martin has co-authored more than 150 papers, published in refereed journals, on behavior modification/applied behavior analysis programming and research in developmental disabilities, autism, behavior therapy, organizational behavior management, and sport psychology. He has supervised 39 Masters theses and 35 PhD theses at the University of Manitoba, served as an external PhD thesis examiner for 8 other universities, and served on the editorial board of 7 psychology journals. He has received numerous important awards. In addition to extensive research in developmental disabilities, Garry Martin is an expert in Sport Psychology.