On February 1, 2011 Professor Emeritus Nathan Azrin was honored by NSU with the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Research Contributions That Have Bettered Humanity. Dr. Azrin, who retired from the university following 30 years of service, was recently granted Professor Emeritus status. A student of B.F. Skinner at Harvard, Azrin went on to publish hundreds of research studies that were used by other researchers at an unprecedented rate that placed him among the most cited psychologists in the world. His work transformed the lives of the mentally handicapped and those with problem behaviors. His findings are widely applied today in such areas as toilet training and alternatives to physical punishment (i.e. time out).
Dr. Azrin retired from NSU in August 2010.