Faculty & Staff




Publications in our database are reports and resource materials produced within the Department of Child and Family Studies, as well as recent journal articles authored by CFS faculty. To view a more thorough listing of recent books, book chapters and articles written or edited by CFS faculty, view our Impact Reports or individual faculty vitas. You may also view the publications by topic on the right of this page.

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A Trend Analysis of Participant and Setting Characteristics in Autism Intervention Research (2013)
The current trend analysis was conducted to empirically document the characteristics of individuals with autism who participated in intervention research published between 1995 and 2009 in three journals (Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities).
Effects of Preference on the Emergence of Untrained Verbal Operants (2013)
The study replicated and extended the findings of Wallace, Iwata, and Hanley (2006), who demonstrated conditions that facilitated the transfer from tact to mand relations. Students in the current study were taught to tact both high-preference (HP) and low-preference (LP) items and subsequently were assessed on their ability to mand for those items. The results showed the emergence of mands for HP items but not LP items following tact training.
Arrests among Youth after Out-Of-Home Mental Health Treatment: Comparisons Across Community and Residential Treatment Settings. (2013)
Florida Medicaid claims data were used to identify children and adolescents in out-of-home mental health care from 2003-2007. These were then matched with Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and Law Enforcement records.
The Use of a Participatory Approach to Develop a Framework for Assessing Quality of Care in Children’s Mental Health Services (2013)
The purpose of this study was to develop a framework for assessing the quality of children’s mental health services that reflects the primary concerns and perspectives of diverse stakeholders.
APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis: Observation and Measurement in Behavior Analysis (2013)
Volume I of the APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis provides comprehensive coverage of the logic, clinical utility, and methods of single-case research designs. Chapters walk the reader through the design, data collection, and data analysis phases and are appropriate for students, researchers, and clinicians concerned with best practice.  Volume I also provides an overview of the experimental analysis of behavior, and chapters reviewing some of the most important areas of contemporary laboratory research in behavior analysis. Topics covered include memory, attention, choice, behavioral neuroscience, and behavioral pharmacology.
Developing and Gathering Psychometric Evidence for a Fidelity Instrument: The Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool–Pilot Version (2013)
This article describes development of the pilot version of the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT-P) as a case example of designing a fidelity instrument for use in research and practice.
Supporting Young Children’s Communication Development Begins with How We As Adults Communicate with Them (2013)
This article discusses strategies that adults can use when communicating with young children to reduce the likelihood of problem behavior so that children can successfully follow directions and understand what adults want them to do.
Self-Injurious Behavior in Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (2013)
This article provides an overview of self-injurious behavior, its underlying causes and functions, as well as other key variables associated with its manifestation.
Family Involvement and Changes in Child Behavior During Residential Mental Health Treatment (2013)
The goal of this study was to use administrative data to examine the association between family involvement and youth outcomes for a Medicaid-funded residential treatment program in Florida. Differences between in-person and telephone intervention contacts based on the proximity of the family residence to the program were also explored.
Positive Family Intervention for Severe Challenging Behavior I: A Multisite Randomized Clinical Trial (2013)
The present study was a multisite randomized clinical trial assessing the effects of adding a cognitive-behavioral intervention to positive behavior support (PBS)

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Publication Highlights

CFS Faculty and Staff Publish Article on Neurodiversity in HR Florida Review Magazine

Neurodiversity is a term that describes people who think differently, see the world from varying perspectives, or who pick up the details of a task that others may have missed.

Dr. Heather Peshak George Serves as Contribution Editor of Special Issue on PBIS for the Journal of Behavioral Disorders

In addition, CFS faculty Karen Cox, MA, Lauren Evanovich, PhD, Heather Peshak George, PhD,  Devon Minch, PhD and Therese Sandomierski, PhD have published articles in the Special Issue.

Dr. Tina Dillahunt-Aspillaga Serves as Co-editor on a Special Supplement of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The issue, to be released in February 2018, consists of articles that represent current thinking about community reintegration (CR) and lays the groundwork for testing interventions to improve CR outcomes for veterans and service members.

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