Andrew L. Samaha, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Andrew Samaha received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Vollmer. After graduating, he served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University. From 2009 to 2013, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University while serving as Co-Director of the Severe Behavior Clinic.
Dr. Samaha is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. His research interests include assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, early intensive behavior intervention for children with autism, and translational research.
Dr. Samaha’s research focuses on the application of principles and conceptual frameworks from basic research to improve assessments and treatments for children with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Samaha’s interests include extending research on conditioned reinforcement and behavioral economics to assess how and to what degree individuals with social deficits may undervalue interactions with others. Potential outcomes of this research may lead to better assessment and treatment for individuals with severe problem behavior, as well as identification of new directions for early intensive behavior interventions for children with autism.