Michael Aman, Ph.D.

Director of ResearchProfessor of Psychology & Psychiatry

Research Unit

(614) 688-4196





Michael Aman graduated from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) with a Ph.D. in Psychiatry. His Masters (Child and Experimental Psychology) was from the University of Illinois (Champaign), and his Bachelors (Psychology) was from the University of Windsor (Ontario).


  • Rating scale development and refinement
  • clinical trials research
  • behavior problems/disorders and psychopathology


  • Director, O.S.U. Research Unit on Pediatric Psychopharmacology (RUPP).
  • 2003 recipient of the Career Research Scientist Award of the American Academy on Mental retardation.
  • Author of over 200 scholarly publications.
  • Co-developer of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC), an informant rating scale used in over 200 studies, thus far, of individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Co-developer of the Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form (NCBRF), another informant rating form for assessing young people with developmental disabilities.
  • Co-editor (with Steven Reiss) of Psychotropic Medications and Developmental Disabilities: The International Consensus Handbook.
  • Co-editor with John Werry (1999) of Practitioner’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs for Children and Adolescents (2nd Ed.). New York: Plenum Press.
  • Co-author of the Project MED (Medication EDucation) series of booklets for consumers.
  • Reviewer on several review sections for the NIH.
  • Editorial review boards (now and/or in the past) for American Journal on Mental Retardation, Clinical Therapeutics, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Research in Developmental Disabilities; and Associate Editor, American Journal on Mental Retardation, 1993-1998.
  • Editorial Board Chair: Aman, M.G., Alvarez, N., Benefield, W., Crismon, M.L., Green, G., King, B.H., Reiss, S., Rojahn, J., & Szymanski, L. (2000), (Editorial Board). American Journal on Mental Retardation, 105, [Issue #3, Special Issue: In A.J. Rush & A. Frances (Eds.)], The Expert Consensus Guideline Series. Treatment of Psychiatric and Behavioral Problems in Mental Retardation, 159-228.
  • Member of 35 student Masters, Candidacy, and Dissertation committees.

For full vita including publications, visit Dr. Aman’s bio on the Department of Psychology website