UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research

UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research Provides a range of evidence-based assessment, intervention, and consultation services founded in principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities.

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Congrats on this great publication Meara McMahon.  It will be part of our consultation articles next fall semester.https...
01/08/2021
Behavior Analysis Goes to School: Teacher Acceptability of Behavior-Analytic Language in Behavioral Consultation

Congrats on this great publication Meara McMahon. It will be part of our consultation articles next fall semester.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40617-020-00508-w

Effective communication is a vital component of behavioral consultation. Behavioral consultants (e.g., behavior analysts, school psychologists) are responsible for drafting behavior intervention plans, delivering accessible training, and providing concise and consumable feedback to teachers. Their r...

Michigan State University Special Education Program
10/16/2020

Michigan State University Special Education Program

While how Dr. Bouck and her graduate students conduct their research is going to look different this year, they are going to keep on trying to better understand how to support students with disabilities or those at-risk and struggle in mathematics. Dr. Emily Bouck and her graduate students are looking to recruit students with disabilities or those at-risk and struggle in mathematics to engage in virtual research with us. The research team will meet with students in 15-30 minute sessions involving concrete or virtual manipulatives or mathematical games that promote fluency (composing and decomposing numbers), addressing the mathematical areas of their particular struggle. Dr. Bouck has worked in area schools over the past 6 years and are looking to recruit in a virtual environment. Please contact for more information or to get any questions answered. Thank you!

If your child communicates with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or has complex communication needs whic...
10/15/2020

If your child communicates with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or has complex communication needs which make it difficult for them to communicate with vocalizations, consider enrolling in this research study. The purpose of this research study is to develop a system for transitioning individuals who communicate with AAC to spoken-words. Interested? Contact Dr. Rachel Cagliani at [email protected].

If your child has a developmental disability, is between the age of 3 and 6, and you need additional support with potty ...
10/13/2020

If your child has a developmental disability, is between the age of 3 and 6, and you need additional support with potty training, consider enrolling in this research study. The purpose of this study is to help families of children with developmental disabilities with toilet training. Families will receive support through Telehealth. Interested? Contact Dr. Rachel Cagliani at [email protected].

Always exciting to see our graduates who contributed so much to UGA doing good things.Well done Dr. Kayla Crook.  https:...
09/03/2020
New Special Education Degree Focuses on Applied Behavior Analysis - Ole Miss News

Always exciting to see our graduates who contributed so much to UGA doing good things.Well done Dr. Kayla Crook. https://news.olemiss.edu/new-special-education-degree-focuses-on-applied-behavior-analysis/?fbclid=IwAR2MVZGTII9iHVdWGXq2UPnVsIVcmjMG1imEwUmmu5irmlS1gV5TBMFnyrU

OXFORD, Miss. – Amid a growing demand for applied behavior analysis practitioners and teachers in Mississippi, the University of Mississippi School of Education is launching a new master’s degree program to help fill the need. “Development of the new program is critical for the children of Mis...

University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education
06/09/2020

University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education

"It's not going to be comfortable work, but it's something that is incredibly necessary."

Stephen tWitch Boss recently discussed allyship and anti-racist work on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. One of his top recommendations is The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese Singh, #MFECOE associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion. (🔗: https://bit.ly/37d8WdE) 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽

Check out the full clip here: https://bit.ly/3eZeiMj

06/04/2020
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The UGA Mary Francis Early College of Education shared four letters yesterday supporting the fight against racism.
CABER faculty actively contributed to these letters and strongly support the content within. We want our students and clients to know that we are here to support them in these stressful times and that we are actively working to fight racism.

News and announcements for the faculty and staff of the University of Georgia's College of Education

UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research
06/02/2020

UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research

CABER Tips is a FREE online service to support those who care for individuals with disabilities impacted by social dista...
05/12/2020

CABER Tips is a FREE online service to support those who care for individuals with disabilities impacted by social distancing and shelter in place practices (e.g., parents, guardians, group home direct care staff, teachers, and behavior consultants) Attached are flyers for care providers and professionals in the field with more information about the services CABER Tips provides, as well as other resources. Please fill out the following form (https://tinyurl.com/v5fcycz), send an email to [email protected], or send a text to (706) 407-1658 indicating “CABERTips” for services.
For Professionals: https://tinyurl.com/wvj7y3y
For Providers: https://tinyurl.com/rankyzr

University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education
04/30/2020

University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education

The UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER), housed in the Mary Frances Early College of Education, has adapted a telehealth model to continue serving students with developmental disabilities.

Although this new approach came with its own set of challenges, the team eagerly adjusted, demonstrating a genuine and ethical commitment to their clients.

Check out a Q&A with the CABER crew here: https://bit.ly/2VOMNOz

If you have been wondering how our UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER) has been working with...
04/29/2020
Q&A: CABER’s new telehealth model assists students with special needs during COVID-19

If you have been wondering how our UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER) has been working with clients during COVID-19, we have your answer. Read as Dr. Kevin Ayres and Dr. Joel Ringdahl address questions regarding the use of telehealth to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families during the recent health crisis.

Kevin Ayres and Joel Ringdahl, professors in the department of communication sciences and special education, discuss the UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research's new telehealth model.

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04/16/2020

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UGA Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education
04/15/2020
UGA Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

UGA Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education

How amazing is former CMSD student, Laura English? Laura is on the front line helping fight Coronavirus in New York City. Thank you so much, Laura, for all of the hard, tireless work you are doing. We are so proud to call you our dawg!

Hey parents! We know that you may have unexpectedly found yourself being not only a parent, but also a cook, an entertai...
04/14/2020

Hey parents! We know that you may have unexpectedly found yourself being not only a parent, but also a cook, an entertainer, a teacher, and many other roles you never thought you would have to fill! We understand that this may be a stressful and exhausting time for you while you navigate new territory in supporting all of your child(ren)’s needs.

The University of Georgia’s Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER) is available to support those who care for individuals with disabilities impacted by social distancing and shelter in place practices. CABER is now offering a Parent Enrichment Program (3 days, 1.5hrs per day) to provide you with supports and strategies that you can use to help you understand why your child engages in problem behavior, how you can modify your language to promote following directions, identify what your child(ren) like and how you can use that information to motivate them, when/how to reward your child(ren), and how to help you follow through with directions!

Please send an email to [email protected] indicating “Parent Enrichment” to learn more about the program or to sign up!

More info: https://tinyurl.com/rn7m9rb

The University of Georgia’s Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER) is available to support those wh...
04/13/2020

The University of Georgia’s Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research (CABER) is available to support those who care for individuals with disabilities impacted by social distancing and shelter in place practices. CABER is now offering “CABER Tips”, an online advice format for care providers (e.g., parents, guardians, group home direct care staff), teachers, and behavior consultants who have concerns regarding how to best support the individuals for whom they care. Attached are flyers for care providers and professionals in the field with more information about the services CABER Tips provides, as well as other resources. Please fill out the following form (https://tinyurl.com/v5fcycz), send an email to [email protected], or send a text to (706) 407-1658 indicating “CABERTips” for services.

For Professionals: https://tinyurl.com/wvj7y3y
For Providers: https://tinyurl.com/rankyzr

02/13/2020

Fusion Autism Center is looking for it’s next Center Director in Athens, GA!
Send a private message to Nicole Tavares if you are interested in learning more about this amazing opportunity.

Congrats CABER grads!
12/13/2019

Congrats CABER grads!

We are proud of these CABER Masters of Education graduates!
12/04/2019

We are proud of these CABER Masters of Education graduates!

University of Georgia College of Education
06/25/2019

University of Georgia College of Education

Joel Ringdahl, an associate professor in the department of communication sciences and special education, was recently named editor of Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, a multidisciplinary journal published by the American Psychological Association that is committed to strengthening the interdisciplinary bond between behavior analysis and psychology.

Read more about Ringdahl's research here: http://bit.ly/2ZMytpg

Thank you Marcus Autism Center for hosting our most recent M.Ed. cohort at bootcamp this summer!
06/17/2019

Thank you Marcus Autism Center for hosting our most recent M.Ed. cohort at bootcamp this summer!

The CABER crew enjoyed the ABAI conference this weekend!
05/29/2019

The CABER crew enjoyed the ABAI conference this weekend!

CABER was well represented at the ABAI poster presentations!
05/26/2019

CABER was well represented at the ABAI poster presentations!

Congrats to these CABER Masters and Doctoral graduates! Well done!
05/11/2019

Congrats to these CABER Masters and Doctoral graduates! Well done!

Pleased to announce the hiring of Andrea Zawoyski, Ph.D., BCBA as an Assistant Research Scientist and Coordinator of Ass...
05/09/2019

Pleased to announce the hiring of Andrea Zawoyski, Ph.D., BCBA as an Assistant Research Scientist and Coordinator of Assessment and Kelsie Tyson, M.Ed., BCBA as a Behavior Analyst and Coordinator of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention.

We are very proud of these CABER graduates and thankful for their contributions to our model classrooms!
05/08/2019

We are very proud of these CABER graduates and thankful for their contributions to our model classrooms!

Excited to celebrate these CABER grads!
05/05/2019

Excited to celebrate these CABER grads!

University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education
04/27/2019

University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education

April is #AutismAwarenessMonth, which gives us a chance to reflect on and thank our dedicated students and community partners who help make our research and outreach programs what they are.

The College of Education's Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research trains educators and therapists in research-based practices that benefit individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and our partnerships with school districts and healthcare institutions allow us to provide these services to the community.

Through these collaborative efforts, we are helping to shape the fields of developmental disabilities and education, and we appreciate the opportunity to help improve the lives of individuals with disabilities!

Photo: Rachel Cagliani (left) and Erinn Whiteside in a model classroom at Alps Road Elementary School.

Congratulations Dr. Maggie Molony!
04/19/2019

Congratulations Dr. Maggie Molony!

Congrats to Mary Elizabeth and Lindsey on successfully defending their Masters theses!
04/19/2019

Congrats to Mary Elizabeth and Lindsey on successfully defending their Masters theses!

Introducing Dr. Trump!
04/18/2019

Introducing Dr. Trump!

Congrats to Dr. Erinn Whiteside! Very proud of your dissertation defense!
04/18/2019

Congrats to Dr. Erinn Whiteside! Very proud of your dissertation defense!

Congratulations to Dr. Kayla Crook! Well done.
04/15/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Kayla Crook! Well done.

UGA faculty, staff, students, and former students at the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) 9th Annual...
04/12/2019

UGA faculty, staff, students, and former students at the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) 9th Annual Convention in Atlanta!

Explicit Phonics Instruction: It's Not Just for Students With Dyslexia
03/24/2019
Explicit Phonics Instruction: It's Not Just for Students With Dyslexia

Explicit Phonics Instruction: It's Not Just for Students With Dyslexia

Teacher Kyle Redford has long advocated that dyslexic children need specialized instruction in how to decode words. But a recent look at reading research called her to question her stance—and now she says all students should learn this way.

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The 2019 Georgia Autism Providers Conference will be hosting a one-day workshop featuring Joshua Jessel, Ph.D., BCBA-D on Thursday, August 1st. Dr. Jessel will present "Strategies for Obtaining Sustainable Improvements in Problem Behavior: A Guide to a Practical Assessment and Skill-Based Treatment Model". The conference will take place July 29th through August 1st at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, Jekyll Island, Georgia. Presenter Biography: Dr. Joshua Jessel completed his Master’s degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he also worked with children with severe problem behavior as a clinical specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's neurobehavioral inpatient unit. He went on to earn his doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Hanley at Western New England University with his primary research focusing on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior exhibited by children with autism. Dr. Jessel continued to extend this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow at a clinic in Fort Worth, Texas where he oversaw nearly 100 children with autism admitted to an outpatient program. Dr. Jessel serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at four universities and he is currently an assistant professor at Queens College. To register, please visit www.georgiaautismprovidersconference.com and click on the "Register" tab. Options include a ticket for Dr. Jessel's one-day workshop only, or bundled with the three-day PEAK/AIM Summit. BACB Type II CE's included!
We are honored to have Kevin Ayres returning this year to present at the 2018 Georgia Autism Providers Conference and appreciative of UGA Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research's sponsorship of the conference!
The Howard Center for Social Cognition and Communication is now accepting applications for the position of Clinical Supervisor. The eligible applicant must be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.thehowardcenterforscc.com/employment.
In a recent journal article in Behavior Modification, Call, Reavis, Clark, Parks, Cariveau, & Muething (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0145445517696052) explore potential interaction effects associated with the application of functional analysis methods. Although the authors' findings relating to the presence of interaction effects were ultimately idiosyncratic, Call et al. do offer practitioners suggestions on informing caregivers and participants during the functional analysis process. Potential interaction effects (i.e., an increase in the frequency, intensity, or duration of problem behavior) have been cited as concerns among consumers and practitioners of functional analyses and may impact the willingness of behavior analysts to employ FA techniques within a comprehensive functional behavior assessment (Iwata & Dozier, 2008; Hanley, 2012). The upcoming professional development event, "Acquiring and Honing Skills in Functional Analysis", will provide participants with opportunities for interactive discussion related to ethical issues associated with functional analysis. Participants will explore ethical concerns and will gain an understanding of FA techniques that can be used to overcome, or minimize, ethical concerns. In addition, Kevin Ayres, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Joel Ringdahl, Ph.D. BCBA will present an overview of various assessment methods within the broad umbrella of functional behavior assessment. Drs. Ayres and Ringdahl will facilitate guided functional analyses utilizing case study data and will provide instruction on analysis of FA data and linking functional analysis data to intervention and treatment. REGISTER BEFORE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AND SAVE! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acquiring-and-honing-skills-in-functional-analysis-topics-in-professional-behavior-analysis-tickets-38512380567
CABER members enjoying time in Nashville.