Research and Publications

Research Interests

My primary area of research interest can be broadly described as investigating interventions based on principles of behavior aimed at making positive changes in organizational settings.  More specifically, I am interested in evaluating interventions aimed at having a positive impact in three areas: 1) Increasing safe practices and reducing workplace injuries, 2) Improving performance and service delivery in human services and healthcare settings, and, 3) Developing leadership and coaching skills.  We conduct translational lab research as well as small and large scale applied research. We are currently working on projects at UF Health.  Below is a list of my publications.

*Denotes current or former students


*Sleiman, A., Gravina, N.,*Robinson, T., & Podlesnik, C. (2020). The role of effort in shifting preference for feedback stimuli. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Advance online publication

*Sleiman, A., *Matey, N., & Gravina, N. (2020). Prolific authors in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Advance online publication

*Vergason, C., & Gravina, N. (2020).Using a guest-delivered token economy to increase employee-guest interactions at a zoo. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53, 422-430.


Gravina, N., Sleiman, A.*, & Matey, N.*  (2019). Participation of women in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 39, 227-236.

*Cruz, N., Wilder, D., *Phillabaum, C., *Thomas, R, *Cusick, M., & Gravina, N. (2019). Further evaluation of the performance diagnostic checklist-safety (PDC-Safety). Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 39, 266-279.

*Matey, N., Gravina, N.,*Rajagopal, S., & Betz, A.  (2019). The effects of a feedback delivery requirement on accuracy of observations.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 39, 247-256.

*Curry, S., Gravina, N., *Sleiman, A., & Richard, E. (2019).  Evaluating the effects of rapport building behaviors on performance and discretionary effort.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 39, 213-226.

Griffin, M., Gravina, N., *Matey, N., Wine, B., & Pritchard, J.  (2019). Using weekly scorecards to improve performance of behavior technicians across two locations.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 39, 280-292.

Li, A., Gravina, N., Pritchard, J., & Poling, A.  (2019). Examining the gender pay gap for academics in behavior analysis. Behavior Analysis in Practice. Advanced online publication.

Gravina, N., *King, A., & Austin, J.  (2019). Coaching leaders to use behavioral science to improve safety.  Safety Science, 112, 66-70.

Gravina, N., & *King, A. (2019).  Key lessons from the teaching-family model for organizational behavior management: A commentary on Fixen and Blasé. Perspectives on Behavioral Science, 42, 213-221.


*King, A., & Gravina, N., & *Sleiman, A. (2018).  An evaluation of the role of reactivity in the observer effect.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Advanced online publication.

*DePaulo, J., Gravina, N., & Harvey, C. A. (2018). Using a behavioral intervention to improve performance of a women’s college lacrosse team.  Behavior Analysis in Practice. Advanced Online Publication.

Gravina, N., *Villacorta, J., *Albert, K., *Clark, R. J., *Curry, S., & Wilder, D.  (2018).  A quantitative review of organizational behavior management research in human service settings.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 38,  191-224.

Gravina, N., & Austin, J. (2018).  The consultant workshop model in a human service setting. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 38, 244-257.

*Kelley, D., & Gravina, N.  (2018). Every minute counts: Using the science of behavior to reduce wait times in an emergency department.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 38, 234-243.

*Kelley, D., & Gravina, N.  (2018). A new paradigm in healthcare: An open door for OBM.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 38(1), 73-89.   DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2017.1325824


Gravina, N., Cummins, B., & Austin, J.  (2017). Leadership’s role in process safety: An understanding of behavioral science among managers is needed.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37(3-4), 316-331. DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2017.1340925

Gravina, N., Loewy, S., Rice, A., & Austin, J. (2013). Using self-monitoring and intensive accuracy training to improve safe postural performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management 33(1), 68-76. DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2012.729397

Gravina, N. & Siers, B. P. (2011). Square pegs and round holes: Ruminations on the relationship between performance appraisal and performance management. Invited article for Journal of Organization Behavior Management (31)4, 277-287.  DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2011.619418

Fante, R., Gravina, N., Betz, A., & Austin, J. (2010). Structural and treatment analyses of safe and at-risk behaviors and postures performed by pharmacy employees. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 30(4), 325-228.  DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2010.520143

Gravina, N. E., & Cunningham, T. R. (2010). Check this out: A book review of The Checklist Manifesto. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management,30(3), 271-277.  DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2010.499035

Rice, A., Austin, J., & Gravina, N.  (2009). Increasing customer service behaviors with task clarification and managerial feedback.   Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42(3), 665-669.  DOI: 10/1901/jaba.2009.42-665.

Gravina, N., Austin, J, Schroedter, L., & Loewy, S.  (2008).  The effects of self-monitoring on safe postural performance.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 28(4), 238-259.  DOI: 10.1080/01608060802454825

Gravina, N., VanWagner, M., & Austin, J. (2008).   Increasing physical therapy equipment preparation behaviors using task clarification, graphic feedback and modification of work environment. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 28(2), 110-122.  DOI: 10.1080/01608060802100931

Fante, R., Gravina, N., & Austin, J. (2007). A brief descriptive analysis and demonstration of the effects of peer observations on postural behaviors of pharmacy employees. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 27(2), 15-25.  DOI: 10.1300/J075v27n02_02

Gravina, N., Hazel, D., & Austin, J.  (2007).  Evaluating the effects of workstation changes, the Rollermouse keyboard and behavioral safety on performance in an office setting.  Work:  A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 29, 245-253.

Austin, J., Hackett, S., Gravina, N., & Lebbon, A. (2006).  The effects of prompting and feedback on drivers’ stopping at stop signs.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 39(1), 117-121.  DOI: 10.1901/jaba.2006.49-04

Austin, J., Weatherly, N., & Gravina, N.  (2005). Using task clarification, graphic feedback, and verbal feedback to increase closing task completion in a privately owned restaurant.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 38(1), 117-120.  DOI: 10.1901/jaba.2005.159-03

Gravina, N., Wilder, D., White, H., & Fabian, T.  (2004).  Signing in as a function of odds of winning a daily raffle.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 24(4), 31-42.  DOI: 10.1300/J075v24n24_02

Book Chapters and Non-Referred Publications

Gravina, N., & Matey, N.* (in press). Safety and Injury Prevention in Human Service Organizations. In J. Luiselli, R. M. Gardner, F. L. Bird, & H. Miguire (Eds.), Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Approaches for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Oxfordshire, UK: Taylor & Frances.

Wilder, D. A., & Gravina, N. (in press). Organizational Behavior Management. In W. Fisher, C. Piazza, and H. Roane (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford Press.

Wilder, D., Cymbal, D., & Gravina, N. (in press). Performance Management in Organizations. In R. Houmanfar, M. Fryling, and M. Alavosius (Eds.), Applied Behavior Science in Organizations: Consilience of Historical and Emerging Trends in Organizational Behavior Management. Kalamazoo, MI: Association for Behavior Analysis International.

Gravina, N., *King, A., & *Hodges, A. (2018).  Consulting in OBM.  In B. Wine and J. Pritchard (Eds.), Organizational Behavior Management: The Essentials.  Orlando, FL: Hedgehog Publishers.

Gravina, N. (August, 2016).  Four steps to more effective safety checklists.  Professional Safety,p. 51-52.

Gravina, N. & Siers, B.  (2013).  Square pegs and round holes: Ruminations on the relationship between performance appraisal and performance management.  In C. M. Johnson and T. A. Beehr (Eds.), Industrial organizational behavior management with industrial and organizational psychology.  Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

LeBlanc, L. A., Gravina, N., & Carr, J.  (2009). Training issues unique to autism spectrum disorders.  In J. Matson (Ed.), Practitioner’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  New York:  Springer.

Gravina, N., & Olson, R.  (May, 2009). Do you want to support transfer of training? Consider a behavioral self-monitoring exercise.  T+D Magazine, p. 18.

Gravina, N., Yueng-hsiang, H., Robertson, M., Blair, M., & Austin, J.  (2008, November). Using self-monitoring to promote behavior change of computer users.  Professional Safety, 30-34.