Anita Li, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (MI)

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor


Anita Li received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Western Michigan University’s Behavior Analysis program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2010 and her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2013. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013 and has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorders in a variety of settings. In addition, she has also held consulting roles and teaching appointments at several universities.

Anita has presented more than 30 papers and workshops, including invited addresses, at both national and international conferences in behavior analysis. In 2015, she served as Western Michigan University’s student representative for the Association of Behavior Analysis International. In 2018, she was named the All University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar award recipient for her research contributions, and in 2020, she received the All University Teaching award for her teaching practices and course design. Anita has published her research in several journals, including Behavior Analysis in Practice, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Additionally, Anita has served as guest editor on two special sections of Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice devoted to the experimental analysis of behavior. Her research interests include applied behavior pharmacology and implications for practitioners, diversity and gender issues in behavior analysis, and behaviorally based instructional design.