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Doctoral Training in Professional Psychology: Research

The Departments of Behavioral Psychology and Neuropsychology have a widely regarded record of research productivity. Whenever possible, interns are fully supported to participate in ongoing research projects encountered through clinical services. Interns may elect to participate in ongoing studies directed by senior faculty and/or to initiate independent research compatible with the department's mission. Basic investigations of behavioral phenomena and innovative approaches to the assessment and treatment of clinical problems are encouraged.

  • Selected Recent Publications (with trainees as contributing authors):

Zarcone, J. R., Napolitano, D., Peterson, C., Breidbord, J., Ferraioli, S., Caruso-Anderson, M., Holsen, L., Butler, M., & Thompson, T. (2007). The relationship between compulsive behaviour and academic achievement across the three genetic subtypes of Prader-Willi Syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research, 51, 478-87.

Matson, J.L., LoVullo, S.V., Boisjoli, J., & González, M.L. (2008). The behavioral treatment of an 11-year-old girl with autism and aggressive behaviors. Clinical Case Studies, 7, 313-326.

Slifer, K.J., Avis K., & Frutchey, R. (2008). Behavioral intervention to increase compliance with electroencephalogram (EEG) procedures in children with developmental disabilities. Epilepsy and Behavior, 13, 189-195.

Dolezal, D. & Kurtz, P.F. (2010). Evaluation of Combined-Antecedent Variables on Functional Analysis Results and Treatment of Problem Behavior in a School Setting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 309-314.

Slifer, K.J., Hankinson, J., Zettler, M., Frutchey, R., Hendricks, M., Ward, C., & Reesman, J. (2011). Distraction, exposure therapy, counter conditioning, and topical anesthetic for acute pain management during needle sticks in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Clinical Pediatrics, 50(8), 688-697.

Huete, J.M., Kurtz, P.F., & Boyd, R.J. (2012). Populations and problems evaluated with functional assessment.  In J.L. Matson (Ed.), Functional Analysis for Challenging Behaviors.  New York, NY US: Springer Science + Business Media.

Jacobson, L.A., Murphy-Bowman, S.C., Pritchard, A. E., Tart-Zelvin, A., Zabel, T.A., & Mahone, E.M. (2012). Factor structure of a sluggish cognitive tempo scale in clinically referred children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 1327-1337.

Hankinson, J.C. & Slifer, K.J. (2013).  Behavioral treatments to improve pill swallowing and adherence in an adolescent with renal and connective tissue diseases. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 1(3), 227-234.

Hendricks, M. C., Ward, C. M., Grodin. L. K., & Slifer, K. J. (2013).  Multicomponent cognitive-behavioral intervention to improve sleep in adolescents: A multiple baseline design. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (in press). 

Kurtz, P.F., Fodstad, J., Huete, J.M., & Hagopian, L. (2013). Caregiver- and staff-conducted functional analysis outcomes: A summary of 53 cases. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 1-12.

Schmidt, J. Huete, J.M., Fodstad, J.C., Chin, M.D., & Kurtz, P.F. (2013). An evaluation of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist for children under age 5. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 1190-1197.