Behavior Analysis Program

Research Laboratory: W. Larry Williams, Ph.D, BCBA

Our group is interested in research in the general field of developmental disabilities. We have conducted studies involving behavior analytic approaches to clinical assessment and intervention for behavioral issues, teaching & training, organizational level assessment and intervention, staff training and basic behavioral processes such as basic discrimination processes and equivalence / RFT. Although we operate from the PATH program, we also conduct activities in the broad community and within the service delivery system.

Recent Selected Publications

Williams, W. L. and Jackson, M. (2009). The Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA) and Its Relation to the Development of Stimulus
Relations in Persons with Autism and Other Intellectual Disabilities. In R. Rehfeldt and Y. Barnes-Holmes (Eds.) Relational Responding
and Child Development, New York, New Harbinger.(P.25-40).

Williams, W.L. and Jackson, M. (2010) Enuresis. In P. Sturmey and M.Hersen (Eds.) Handbook of Evidence Based Practice in Clinical
Psychology, Volume 1: Child and Adolescent Disorders, New York, Wiley.

Butterfield, S. Boyce, T, & Williams, W.L. (In Press) Examining the Effects of a Low- Cost Prompt to Reduce Retail Theft Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Williams, W.L. & Gallinat, J. (In Press ) The Effects of Judging Video Examples of Staffs’ Own versus Others’ Performance on Discrete-Trial Training Skills in a Human Service Setting. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management.

Funding Opportunities

P.A.T.H. 2005-2011-$2,000,000

State of Nevada- BECS-UNR-PBS whole organization model 2010-2012-$170,000

State of Nevada Health & Human services PBS 2008-2010 $300,000

State of Nevada Health & Human Services—Positive Behavioral Supports 2006-2008 $76,000

Lab Members

Ashley Greenwald, M.AAshley Greenwald, M.A.

Thesis title: Effects of Discrimination Abilities on Functional Analysis Outcomes (Advisor: W. Larry Williams, Ph.D.)

Research interests: Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities; Autism; Parent Training; Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior; Prevention of Problem Behavior; Choice; Functional Analysis; Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities

 

Christina Lydon, M.A.Christina Lydon, M.A.

Thesis title: Examining the Effects of Active Responding on Student Performance in an Introductory Psychology Course (Advisor: Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.)

Research interests: Social Skills Training; Individual and Large-Scale Health Behavior; Developmental Disabilities; Verbal Behavior; Autism Treatment


Melissa Nosik, M.S., BCBAMelissa Nosik, M.S., BCBA

Thesis title: Evaluation of Video Based Training Methods for Backward Chaining and Discrete Trial Instruction (Advisor: W. Larry Williams, Ph.D.)

Research interests: Staff and Parent Training; Asssessment and Treatment of Behavior Problems



Lauren PearsonLauren Pearson

Research interests: Green Behavior; Choice; Staff Training; Intellectual Disabilities; Behavioral assessment; Teaching behavior analysis; Dissemination

 



Holly Seniuk, M.A.Holly Seniuk, M.A.

Thesis title: The Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities: The Role of Conditionality (Advisor: W. Larry Williams, Ph.D.)

Research interests: The Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities; Conditional Discrimination; Intellectual Disabilities; Autism; Functional Assessment

 

Thomas Szabo, M.A., BCBAThomas Szabo, M.A., BCBA

Thesis title: Toward an Account of Habituation Patterns in Young Children with Autism (Advisor: W. Larry Williams, Ph.D.)

Research interests: RFT & other contemporary approaches to complex stimulus control; Acceptance & Commitment Training/Coaching; Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure(s); BSA & OBM approaches to cultural design; Habituation, Extinction, and Satiation


Recent Publications:

Szabo, T. G., Williams, W. L., Rafacz, S. D., & Newsome, W. (in press). Technical evaluation of the service review model with perforance scorecards.

Szabo, T. G. (2007). Stimulus Control. In Encyclopedia of Special Education, 3rd Edition (Vol. 3, pp. 1921-1923). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Szabo, T. G. Interval Schedules. (2007). In Encyclopedia of Special Education, 3rd Edition (Vol. 2, pp. 1148-1150). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Szabo, T. G. Ratio Schedules. (2007). In Encyclopedia of Special Education, 3rd Edition (Vol. 3, pp. 1673-1674). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Szabo, T. G., Raetz, P.B., & Winter, B.L. (2007). Response Generalization. In Encyclopedia of Special Education, 3rd Edition (Vol. 3, pp. 1737-1738). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Raetz, P.B., Szabo, T.G., & Winter, B.L. (2007). Stimulus Generalization. In Encyclopedia of Special Education, 3rd Edition (Vol. 3, pp. 1924-1925). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Grants Awarded:

Williams, W. L., & Szabo, T. G. (2011). Technical Evaluation of an Organization-Wide Approach to Implementing Positive Behavior Support in Human Services. Grant awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services from 2011-2012.

Williams, W. L., & Szabo, T. G. (2009). Technical Assessment of Whole-Organization Adaptations of the PBS Model. Grant awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-2010.

Christine WalshChristine Walsh

Research interests: Parent training; staff training; intellectual disabilities; skill acquisition; problem behavior reduction; dissemination

 



Chelsea WilhiteChelsea Wilhite

Research interests: Broad-Scale Dissemination; Media; Green Behaviors; Parent Training

 

 


Contact

For further information please contact Dr. Williams at:

W. Larry Williams, Ph.D., BCBAW. Larry Williams
Department of Psychology / 296
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
USA

Phone #: (775) 682-8689
Fax #: (775) 784-1126
Email: larryw@unr.edu

 

Behavior Analysis Program
Mack Social Science, Room 404, Depart. of Psychology, Mail Stop 296, Reno, NV 89557-00240
Phone: (775) 682-8686 | FAX: (775) 682-1126 
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