integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Research
Research with the Munroe-Meyer Institute department of integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) is performed throughout many of our programs. Research topics include improving the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders, refining methods that promote skill acquisition, and enhancing service delivery via web-based communications. You can review each faculty's areas of research interests.
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a natural science of human behavior that applies evidence-based strategies in real-world settings, such as clinics or schools, with the aim of improving issues of social importance (e.g., behavior problems, skill acquisition).
Learn more about ABA interventions.
Faculty and students at the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) perform ABA research.
In our quest to deliver the highest-quality services possible, the Early Intervention program in the integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) conducts research on evidence-based teaching procedures. The research conducted in the Early Intervention Program focuses on several areas of child development and skill acquisition with each specific focus changing frequently, adapting to clients’ needs.
Research studies conducted in the Early Intervention Program include, but are not limited to, evaluations and comparisons of various:
- teaching aids and prompts;
- methods for correcting and preventing errors;
- consequences for correct and incorrect responses;
- stimulus arrangements;
- procedures that influence the efficacy or efficiency of teaching methods;
- procedures for addressing faulty stimulus control;
- procedures for establishing complex verbal behavior; and
- methods to decrease resistance to change and other restricted and repetitive behavior.
Grant-fundingResearch within the iCASD department has included grants from
(a) the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1 R01 HD079113-01A1) on using stimulus control procedures to improve functional communication training for individuals with intellectual disability; and
(b) the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1R01HD083214) on preventing relapse of destructive behavior using behavioral momentum theory.
Director, integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD)
UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute