In memory of the life and contributions of Michael Hemingway, the BACB annually honors an individual distinguished for his or her contributions (a) to the development of public policy related to behavior analysis and/or (b) to increasing the availability of behavior-analytic services.

Past Recipients

These individuals have displayed extraordinary commitment to behavior analysis and/or have made exemplary contributions to assist others in obtaining behavior-analytic services.

Dr. Saul Axelrod, BCBA-D, Temple University

Dr. Sigrid Glenn, BCBA, University of North Texas

Ms. Lorri Unumb, Esq., Vice President for State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks

Dr. Fran Warkomski, BCBA-D, Florida Institute of Technology

Mr. Richard Blumenthal, Esq., Attorney General of the State of Connecticut

Dr. Greg Wagner, State of California Developmental Services (ret.)

Dr. Jerry Shook, BCBA-D, Behavior Analyst Certification Board, posthumously

Dr. John Scibak, Massachusetts State Representative

Dr. Mickey Keenan, BCBA-D, University of Ulster

Dr. Sandra Harris, Rutgers University

Sharon Chien, Seek Education, Inc.

Dr. Gina Green, Executive Director, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts

Michael Hemingway

Mr. Michael Hemingway was a founding member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB). In his 17 years of service for the statewide Developmental Services Office of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Mr. Hemingway worked closely with Dr. Jerry Shook and was instrumental in designing and developing the Florida Behavior Analyst Certification Program. Michael and Jerry led the way for the Florida Behavior Analyst Certification Program to evolve into an international certification program. Michael furthered the behavior analysis discipline beyond developmental disabilities, to areas including child welfare and mental health. Michael left us early. He was an extraordinary colleague and human being with a special devotion to behavior analysis. His legacy to our discipline has been ensuring that behavior analysis services are provided with integrity and quality to individuals with behavioral needs.


The BACB will sponsor the honoree’s attendance at the annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, or other behavior analysis convention. The BACB will cover the costs of convention registration, airfare, and one night’s lodging.