E. Scott Geller, Ph.D.
Safety Performance Solutions, Senior Partner
Alumni Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech
Evidence-based guidelines for improving the quality and increasing the frequency of safety-related behavior will be described and illustrated as relevant for benefiting overall human welfare. If practiced extensively, these safety/life lessons would not only prevent workplace injuries, but would also improve quality of life by reducing interpersonal conflict and bullying, and enhancing work productivity, environmental sustainability and life satisfaction. The first four guidelines reflect the applied behavioral science principles of positive reinforcement, observational learning, and behavior-based feedforward and feedback. The subsequent three lessons are essentially derived from humanism. These safety/life lessons are the foundation of a new ASSE book: Actively Caring for People’s Safety: How to cultivate a brother’s/sister’s keeper work culture by Drs. Scott and Krista Geller. Copies of this text—designed as a training manual to teach practical strategies for addressing the human dynamics of injury prevention—will be available for purchase at the BSN conference.
Scott Geller, Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Senior Partner of Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. has authored or coauthored 39 books, 56 book chapters, 38 training manuals, 234 magazine articles, and over 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. His most recent books are “Actively Caring for People: Cultivating a culture of compassion” and “Actively Caring at Your School: How to make it happen”.
He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He is past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-1992), current Associate Editor of Environment and Behavior (since 1982), and current Consulting Editor for Behavior and Social Issues, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Safety Research. In 2005, Dr. Geller was awarded the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Organizational Behavior Management Network, and the American Psychological Foundation.
At the May 2009 Graduation Ceremonies at the College of Wooster, his alma mater, Dr. Geller was awarded the Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters. Check out his recent TEDx talk on self-motivation.
This session will be recorded.