Sensitivity to Consequences

Differences in sensitivity to social consequences can be a barrier for acquiring new skills and contacting naturally occurring reinforcers. Sensitivity to immediate versus delayed consequences also can impact behavior. We are interested in employing translational and applied methods to assess the relative sensitivity to consequences and environmental variables that can enhance their effectiveness.

Behavioral Variability

We are interested in characterizing behavioral rigidity, often found in individuals with ASD, and evaluating methods of increasing behavioral flexibility. Translational and applied methods are employed to assess adaptability to changes in the environment, flexibility in the use language, and recombinative generalization.

Early Intervention

Our research in the area of early intensive behavioral intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder focuses on evaluating generative instruction to promote behavioral variability, acquisition and transfer of verbal operants, the use of technology to facilitate transitions, problem behavior, and the role of conditioned reinforcement. We conduct this research in our on-campus clinic, the Center for Autism Research, Treatment, and Training (CARTT).

Caregiver and Staff Training

We have evaluated methods of improving staff and caregiver implementation of naturalistic behavioral interventions and the use of technology to facilitate coaching caregivers on behavioral interventions. Currently, we are focused on coaching caregivers to implement behavior management protocols with high fidelity.

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