Introducing our latest website feature – The SCS Researcher Spotlight

Each quarter we will focus on a researcher and highlight an article from the Journal of Precision Teaching. Prepare to be inspired, informed, and captivated as we showcase extraordinary individuals. Welcome to the intersection of past and present – where history and innovation converge.

Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D

Originally published in the Journal of Precision Teaching, the following article, “Using a One Timing to Improve Inners” received renewed attention at the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. An introduction written by Dr. Henry (Hank) Pennypacker precedes Dr. Calkin publication in inner behavior. The article has special significance as her first publication using the 1-min timing with inner behavior.


Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D., currently holds two roles. After spending 20 years as a building principal, she consults with schools training teachers in the use of precision teaching and evidenced-based curricula to improve teaching in reading, math, and writing. She has given well over 100 workshops to large and small professional groups. She is also a school psychologist. She spends much of her time writing about inner behavior through the eyes of behavior analysis and precision teaching with her emphasis on inner behavior. Her other role is writing. This includes nonfiction about people in highly stressful situations whether military personnel, people in commercial fishing, or characters in novels. She has had eight books, 46 precision teaching and behavior analytic articles, and over 75 poems and 20 literary prose writings published, some of which have won awards nationally and in Alaska. Her most recent publications include a chapter in Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, published in 2015 by Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and her book, The Soul of My Soldier, 2015, which is a prose and poetry memoir about being the wife of a three-tour veteran. She was chair of the 410th Evacuation Hospital Family Support Group for one of her husband’s tours. Her professional interest in military issues lies in using behavior analysis with military personnel and veterans with PTSD and suicide issues. She serves as a co-chair of the Military and Veterans Significant Interest Group for the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She hikes, kayaks, cross-country skis, gardens, cans, laughs a lot, and enjoys the company of others.

Calkin. A. B. (in press.)  Change Your Feelings: A Manual to Recover 

from PTSD.  Kansas City, Kansas: Behavior Research Company.  


Calkin, A. B. (2009).  An examination of inner (private) and outer (public) behaviors.  

European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 10, 61-75.


Calkin, A. B.   (2006). Leaf’s chart.  Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration, 22



Calkin, A. B.  (2005).  Ogden R. Lindsley, 1922-2004.  Journal of Precision Teaching 

& Celeration, 19, 33-36.


Calkin, A. B.  (2005).  Precision teaching: The standard celeration charts.

Behavior Analyst Today, 6, 207-215.  Available:


Calkin, A. B.  (2004)  Yankee Og.  Association for Behavior Analysis 

Newsletter, 28(1), 37.


Calkin, A. B.  (2003).  Some comments on precision teaching.  European Journal 

of Behavior Analysis, 4, 1-4.


Calkin, A. B. (2003). The course of precision teaching. European Journal 

of Behavior Analysis, 4, 87-96.


Calkin, A. B.  (2002).  Inner behavior: Empirical investigations of private 

events.  The Behavior Analyst, 25, 255-259.


Calkin, A. B.  (2002).  Estimated number of standard celeration charts as of 2000.

Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration, 18(1), 33-34.


Calkin, A. B.  (2002).  Kristyn plays piano.  Journal of Precision Teaching &

Celeration, 18(1), 22-24.


Calkin, A. B.  (2001).  Response to Bereavement: A behavioural process.  

European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 2, 139-142.


Calkin, A. B.  (2000).  A minute a day makes good feelings grow.  The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies [On-line].  Available: Everyday Life icon at  (Reprinted in European Journal of Behavior

Analysis, 4, 5-12.)


Calkin, A. B.  (1998).  The dumpmaster’s report.  Journal of Precision Teaching & 

Celeration, 15(2), 87-91.  (Reprint)  


Calkin, A.B.  (1998).  The dumpmaster’s report.  Icy Passages, 5(4), 8-10, & insert. 


Calkin, A. B.  (1998.)  Some detritus from “Debris.”  Journal of Precision Teaching & 

Celeration, 15(2), 84-86.  


Calkin, A. B. (1996).  Brave new worlds: A comparison of utopias and dystopias. 

Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration, 14(1), 87-88. 


Calkin, A. B.  (1996).  Learning Russian.  Journal of Precision Teaching and 

Celeration, 14(1), 57-71.  


Calkin, A. B.  (1996).  Measuring creative writing.  Journal of Precision Teaching & 

Celeration, 14(1), 89-90. 


Calkin, A. B. (1996).  The National Debt.  Journal of Precision Teaching & 

Celeration, 13(2), 64-70.  


Calkin, A. B.  (1995).  The Carolyne Letters.  Salt Lake City, Utah: Northwest

Publishing Company.


Lindsley, O.R., Calkin, A.B., & White, O.R.  (1993).  How to numerically and 

graphically summarize learning across classrooms, schools, and published precision teaching studies (metacharting).  Journal of Precision Teaching, 10(2), 46-53.   


Calkin, A. B.  (1992).  The inner eye: Improving self-esteem.  Journal of Precision Teaching, 10(1), 42-52.


Calkin, A. B.  (1992).  Inner behavior passes the dead man’s test.  The Association for Behavior Analysis Newsletter, 15(3), 21.


Calkin, A. B.  (1991).  School attendance of Adolescent Unit patients at Capital City Schools.  Journal of Precision Teaching, 8, 40-47.


Calkin, A. B.  (1990).  Changes in behavior as the result of the death of a relative.  Journal of Precision Teaching,  7(2), 74-78.


Calkin, A. B.  (1983).  Counting fetal movement.  Journal of Precision Teaching

4(2), 35-40.


Calkin, A. B.  (1981).  Facts, fun, and frees during educational films.  Journal of Precision Teaching, 2(2), 3-17.


Calkin, A. B.  (1981).  Using a one minute timing to improve inners.  Journal of 

Precision Teaching, 2(3), 9-21.


Bartels, C. S., & Calkin, A. B.  (1980).  Teaching emotionally disturbed children to 

count feelings.  Topeka, KS: Topeka Public Schools, 1980.  (ERIC 

Document Reproduction Service No. ED 187 060)


Miller, J. E., & Calkin, A. B.  (1980).  Using precision teaching in a secondary classroom.  Journal of Precision Teaching, 1(2), 10-17.  Reprinted in

  1. Journal of Precision Teaching, 15, 44-51.


Calkin, A. B., Bowman, M. S., Grant, P. A., & Gollop, D. F.  (1978).  Toilet training: Help for the delayed learner.  New York: McGraw Hill. 


Calkin, A. B.  (1975).  Contracting with the child resistant to authority.  

Monmouth, Oregon: Oregon Model Center.


Calkin, A. B.  (1975).  The development of independence in learning.  Monmouth, 

Oregon: Oregon Model Center.


Calkin, A. B., Bowman, M. S., & Grant, P. A.  (1975).  Eating with a spoon Columbus, Ohio: National Center on Educational Media and Materials for the 



Calkin, A. B.  (1974).  Helping your child read.  Monmouth, Oregon: Oregon Model 



Calkin, A. B.  (1974).  Pebbles, Mops, and Thimigs.  San Rafael, California: Academic Therapy Publications.  


Lance, W. D., & Calkin, A. B.  (1973).  Parents as teachers.  Mental Retardation, 11(3), 



Calkin, A. B.  (1972).  Precision Teaching projects: 150 deposits.  Kansas City, Kansas: Precise Behavioral Management Behavior Bank.


Lance, W. D., Calkin, A. B., Bowman, M., Grant P., & Albertson, E.  (1971). 

Packaging parental materials for teaching self-help skills to preschool 

multihandicapped children  (Special Education Monograph

No. 7).  Eugene, Oregon:  University of Oregon, Northwest Special Education Instructional Materials Center.


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