QUICK FACTS about the Severe Behavior Program at Munroe-Meyer Institute
It is the mission of the Severe Behavior Program to serve and improve quality of life of children and adolescents (as well as their caregivers) who display destructive behavior by:
- Providing the most advanced, comprehensive, and effective treatment services
- Continuing the advancement of treatments through clinical research
- The Severe Behavior Program began seeing clients in 2006. At the time, the Severe Behavior Program was joined with The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD).
- In 2019, The Severe Behavior Program became an independent department within the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI).
- 2 faculty members who are licensed psychologists and/or board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) at the doctoral level
- 2-4 BCBAs
- 2-4 PhD students (also with the BCBA credential)
- Two predoctoral interns
- 1-2 postdoctoral fellows (also with BCBA credential)
- About 25 Registered Behavior Technicians
- Four administrative support staff members
Clinical ServicesThrough the use of applied behavior analysis, the Severe Behavior Program provides services to children through day-treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services. The Severe Behavior Program also provides in-home services and school consultation services to individuals within our in-clinic services.
Education and Research Activities
*denotes graduate student co-authors
- Brown, K. R.*, Zangrillo, A. N., Gaynor, R. (2020). Effects of caregiver implemented group contingencies on siblings’ destructive behavior. Behavioral Development, 25(1), 30–39. https://doi.org/10.1037/bdb0000093
- Zangrillo, A. N., Simmons, C. A. *, Fisher, W. W., & Owen, T. O. (2020). Use of a paired-stimulus demand analysis to evaluate demands for inclusion in Functional Analyses. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53(2), 665-667. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.651
- Owen, T. O., Fisher, W. W., Akers, J. A., Sullivan, W. E., Falcomata, T. S., Greer, B.D., … & Zangrillo, A. N. (2020). Treating destructive behavior reinforced by increased caregiver compliance with the participant’s mands. The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Published in early view. doi.org/10.1002/jaba.674
- Fuhrman, A. M., Greer, B. D., Zangrillo, A. N., & Fisher, W. W. (2018) Evaluating competing activities to enhance functional communication training during reinforcement schedule thinning. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51, 931-942. doi.org/10.1002/jaba.486
- Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., Fuhrman, A. M., Romani, P. W., & Zangrillo, A. N. (2018). Further evaluation of differential exposure to establishing operations during functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 51(2), 360-373.
- Zangrillo, A. N., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. G., Owen, T. O., & DeSouza, A. A. (2016). Treatment of escape-maintained challenging behavior using chained schedules: An evaluation of the effects of thinning positive plus negative reinforcement during functional communication training. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 62, 147-156. doi: 10.1080/20473869.2016.1176308
- Zangrillo, A. N., Warzak, W. J., Volkert, V. V., Valleley, R. J., Shriver, M. D., Rodriguez, N. M.,…Allen, K. D. (2016). The Munroe-Meyer approach: Continuous integration of didactic instruction, research, and clinical practice. The Behavior Analyst. doi: 10.1007/s40614-016-0062-9
- Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. G., Romani, P. R., Zangrillo, A. N., & Owen, T. O., & (2016). Comparisons of synthesized and individual reinforcement contingencies during functional analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 1-21. doi: 10.1002/jaba.314