On June 20th, 2009, I learned that my dear friend
and colleague Dr. Edward (Ted) Carr
was killed in a car accident.
By Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D
CARD Founder and Executive Director
Ted was the leading professor in the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Over the past 33 years, he published numerous papers on issues related to applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support in the home, classroom, workplace, and community. Ted lectured extensively, giving workshops in the
Ted was Past President of the Association for Positive Behavior Support. He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Ted was also recognized as Teacher of the Year in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook for two consecutive years, from 2003 – 2004 and 2005 – 2006.
Moreover, Ted was a widely recognized author of the best-selling book, Communication-Based Intervention for Problem Behavior. He received numerous awards, including the Applied Research Award in Behavior Analysis (American Psychological Association, 2001) and the Distinguished Research Award for Career Achievement (ARC, 1999).
I honestly cannot find the words to express the sadness I feel over the loss of such an amazing human being. Ted and I worked on several papers together and talked often. We were even scheduled to talk this week to discuss new research projects. He was full of integrity, full of energy and full of life. He was a dear friend who always made me laugh. He was truly incredible; a brilliant man with a kind heart. We chatted about life often and I always felt his support. At a professional level, he made enormous contributions to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and was one of few behavior analysts who understood and accepted the medical aspects of autism. His death is a great loss to our community. He will be deeply missed and I pray for his family to find peace.