Caio Miguel

Associate Professor of Psychology
Sacramento State

Office: 364D Amador Hall
Office Phone: (916) 278-6813
Fax: (916) 278-6820


Dr. Miguel obtained a M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology at Western Michigan University. He is currently an associate professor of Psychology and an affiliated faculty in the Doctoral program in Education at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Miguel holds adjunct appointments at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles, and at the University of Sao Paulo - Brazil. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Dr. Miguel is the past-editor (2009-2011) and current Associate Editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, The Psychological Record, and The Brazilian Journal of Behavior Analysis.  Dr. Miguel has given over 100 professional presentations about behavior analysis in North America, South America and Europe, and has had over 30 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Prior to joining Sacramento State, Dr. Miguel consulted for the St. Amant Centre's autism program in Canada, and worked as a program specialist in the Intensive Instruction Autism Program at the New England Center for Children, where he also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master's program in applied behavior analysis at Northeastern University. Occasionally, Dr. Miguel consults for families and school districts pertaining the education of children with autism.


Dr. Miguel's research focuses on evidence-based treatment approaches for children with developmental disabilities, more specifically, autism. He has published papers on a variety of topics such as communication training, treatment of repetitive behavior, symbolic behavior, and organizational systems analysis. He is an expert in single-subject designs.


  • Love, J., Miguel, C. F., Fernand, J., & LaBrie, J. (2012). The effects of matched stimulation and response interruption and redirection on vocal stereotypy. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 549-564.

  • Finn, H., Miguel, C. F., & Ahearn, W. H. (2012). The emergence of untrained mands and tacts in children diagnosed with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 265-280.

  • Keintz, K. S., Miguel, C. F., Kao, B., & Finn, H. E. (2011). Using conditional discrimination training to produce emergent relations between coins and their values in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 909-913.

  • Ribeiro, D. M., Elias, N. C., Goyos, C., & Miguel, C. F. (2010). The effects of listener training on the emergence of tact and mand signs in individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 26, 65-72.

  • McGee, H. M., Diener, L. H., & Miguel, C. F. (2009). An integrated approach for conducting a behavior systems analysis. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 29, 108-135.