May Institute

Research Publications

At May Institute, we value the integration of behavioral science and practice and strive to contribute to the research literature based on our experience and expertise providing clinical services.

Our staff have have authored hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. Articles have appeared in scholarly journals such as:

  • Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Modification
  • Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
  • Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
  • Behavior Interventions
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
  • Child and Family Behavior Therapy
     

Most Recent Published Articles and Research:

  Applied Behavior Analysis

Knoster, T., Putnam, R.F. (2015). A reply to the commentaries on “School-wide PBIS: An example of applied behavior analysis implemented at a scale of social importance,” by Horner and Sugai (2015): PBIS is function over form: The clear behavioral roots and opportunities the PBIS framework presents to the field of behavior analysis moving forward. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Kincaid, D.,Putnam, R.F. (2015). School-wide PBIS: Extending the impact of applied behavior analysis. Why is this important to behavior analysts? Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Strohmeier, C., Mule, C., & Luiselli, J. K. (2014). Social validity assessment of training methods to improve treatment integrity of special education service providers. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Luiselli, J. K. (2015). Developmental disabilities. In A. M. Nezu & C. M. Nezu (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Strohmeier, C., & Luiselli, J. K. (in press). Pica. In L. Rubin, J. Merrick, D. E. Greydanus, & D. R. Patel (Eds.), Healthcare for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan.

Cavalari, R. N. S., DuBard, M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2014). Simplified habit reversal and treatment fading for chronic skin picking in an adolescent with autism. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 190-198.

Luiselli, J. K. (2014). Commentary: Conclusions and future directions. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.), Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Recent Advances and Innovations in Assessment, Education, and Intervention (pp. 255-257). New York: Oxford University Press.

Luiselli, J. K. (Ed.) (2014). Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Recent Advances and Innovations in Assessment, Education, and Intervention. New York: Oxford University Press.

Luiselli, J. K. (2014). Exercise, physical activity, and sports. In J, K. Luiselli (Ed.), Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Recent Advances and Innovations in Assessment, Education, and Intervention (pp. 193-204). New York: Oxford University Press.

Behavioral Health

Jerskey, B.A. (2016). Neuropsychology: When is the right time to adopt test revisions? APPIC E-Newsletter, (pp. 21-22).

Luiselli, J. K. (2015). Developmental disabilities. In A. M. Nezu & C. M. Nezu (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Minor, L., DuBard, M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2014). Improving intervention integrity of direct-service providers through performance feedback and problem-solving consultation. Behavioral Interventions, 29, 145-156.

Brain Injury

Parenteau, R., Luiselli, J. K., & Keeley, M. (2013). Direct and collateral effects of staff-worn protective equipment on injury prevention from child aggression. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 16, 73-77.

Petrongolo, M., DuBard, M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2013). Effects of an idiosyncratic stimulus on functional analysis of vocal stereotypy in two settings. Developmental Neurorehabilitation.

Lin, T., Luiselli, J. K., Gilligan, K., & Dacosta, S. (2012). Preventing injury from child aggression: Single-case evaluation of staff-worn protective equipment. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15, 298-303.

Reed, D. D., Luiselli, J. K., Magnuson, J., Fillers, S., Vieira, S., & Rue, H. C. (2009). A comparison between traditional economical and demand curve analyses of relative reinforcer efficacy in the validation of preference assessment predictions. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 12, 164-169.

Consultation

Minor, L., DuBard, M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2014). Improving intervention integrity of direct-service providers through performance feedback and problem solving consultation. Behavioral Interventions, 29, 145-156.

Eating Disorders and Food Selectivity

Barahona, C., DuBard, M., Luiselli, J. K., & Kesterson, J. (2013). School-based feeding intervention to increase variety and quantity of foods consumed by an adolescent with autism. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 1, 361-368.

Woods, K. E., Luiselli, J. K., & Tomassone, S. (2013). Functional analysis and intervention for chronic rumination. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 328-332.

Organizational Behavior Management

Fienup, D. M., Luiselli, J. K., Joy, M., Smyth, D., & Stein, R. (2013). Functional assessment and intervention for organizational behavior-change: Improving timeliness of staff meetings at a human services organization. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 33, 252-264.

Self-Injurious Behavior/Suicide

Cavalari, R. N. S., DuBard, M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2014). Simplified habit reversal and treatment fading for chronic skin picking in an adolescent with autism. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 190-198.

Severe Behavior Disorders

Langone, S. R., Luiselli, J. K., Galvin, D., & Hammill, J. (2013). Effects of fixed-time release fading on frequency and duration of aggression-contingent physical restraint (protective holding) in a child with autism. Clinical Case Studies.

 

For our full collection of published articles please use the links below to jump down to a research category:


Autism

Luiselli, J. K., Russo, D. C., Christian, W. P., & Wilczynski, S (Eds.) (2008). Effective Practices for Children with Autism: Educational and Behavior Support Interventions that Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Luiselli, J.K., Campbell, S., O'Malley Cannon, B., DiPietro, E., Ellis, J.T., Taras, M., & Lifter, K. (2001). Assessment instruments used in the education and treatment of persons with autism: Brief report of a survey of national service centers. Research In Developmental Disabilities, 22, 389-398.

Russo, D.C., Moe, K.O., & Dillon, D.J. (1992). Behavioral medicine in a community framework. In M.S. Gibbs, J. Lachenmeyer, and J. Sigal (Eds.)., Community Psychology. New York: Gardner Press.

Kamps, D. M., Walker, D., Dugan, E. P., Leonard, B. R., Thibadeau, S. F., Marshall, K., Grossnickle, L., & Boland, B. (1991). Small group instruction for school-aged students with autism and developmental disabilities. Focus on Autistic Behavior, 6, 1-18.

Harchik, A. E., Harchik, A. J., Luce, S.C., & Sherman, J. A. (1990). Teaching autistic and severely handicapped children to recruit praise: Acquisition and generalization. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 11, 77-95.


Behavioral Healthcare

Trzepacz, A., & Luiselli, J. K. (2004). Efficacy of stress inoculation training in a case of PTSD secondary to emergency gynecological surgery. Clinical Case Studies, 3, 83-92.

Murad, H., & Luiselli, J.K. (2002). Evaluation of a cognitive-behavioral treatment protocol for panic disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 1, 122-132.

Trzepacz, A.M., Vieira, A., & Luiselli, J.K. (2002). Abbreviated anger management training with adolescents in a school setting: Effects on clinical self-report and teacher behavior ratings. Journal of Brief Therapy, 2, 53-61.

Russo, D.C. & Howard, H.A. (1999). The evolving role of clinical psychology in healthcare systems. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 6, 232-238.

Harchik, A. & Campbell, A. (1998). Supporting people with developmental disabilities in their homes in the community: The role of organizational behavior management. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 18, 83-101. Also published simultaneously in Reid, D.H. (Ed.) (1998). Organizational behavior management and developmental disabilities services: Accomplishments and future directions. New York: The Haworth Press.

Luiselli, J.K., Bastien, J.S., & Putnam, R.F. (1998). Behavioral assessment and analysis of mechanical restraint utilization on a psychiatric child and adolescent inpatient setting. Behavioral Interventions, 13, 181-200.

Helfer, B., Savage, RC., et. al. (1997). EMS for children: Recommendations for coordinating care for children with special healthcare needs. Annals of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 30, No.3, 274-280.

Russo, D.C. & Navalta, C.P. (1995). Some new dimensions of behavior analysis and therapy. In H. van Bilsen, P.C. Kendall and J.H. Slavenburg (Eds.), Behavioral approaches for children and adolescents: Challenges for the next century (19-39). New York: Plenum Press.

Behavioral Medicine

Kleinmann, A. E., Luiselli, J. K., DiGennaro, F. D., Pace, G. M., Langone, S. R., & Cochran, C. (in press). Systems-level assessment of interobserver agreement (IOA) for implementation of protective holding (therapeutic restraint) in a behavioral healthcare setting. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.

Vorndran, C. M., Pace, G. M., Luiselli, J. K., Flaherty, J., Christian, L., & Kleinmann, A. (2008). Functional analysis and treatment of chronic hair pulling and covariant thumb sucking in a child with Cri du Chat syndrome. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1, 5-10.

Garrity, M. L., Luiselli, J. K., & McCollum, S. A. (2008). Effects of a supervisory intervention on assessment of interobserver agreement (IOA) by educational service providers. Behavioral Interventions, 23, 105-112.

Gentry, J. A., & Luiselli, J. K. (2008). Treating a child’s selective eating through parent implemented feeding intervention in the home setting. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 20, 63-70.

Harchik, A.E. (1994). Self-medication. In M. Agran, N. Marchand-Martella, & R. Martella (Eds.), Promoting health and safety: Skills for independent living (pp. 55-69). Baltimore: Brookes.

Brain Injury

Codding, R.S., Livanis, A., Pace, G.M., & Vaca, L. (2008). Using performance feedback to improve treatment integrity of classwide behavior plans: An investigation of observer reactivity. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 41, 417-422.

Russo, D.C., Dunn, E.K., Pace, G.M., & Codding, R.S. (2007). Pediatric Brain Injury. In J.W. Jacoben, J.A. Mulick & Rojahn, J. (Ed.), Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (pp). New York: Springer Publishers.

Pace, G.M., Codding, R.S., & Skowron, J. (2006). Antecedent intervention in brain injury rehabilitation. In J.K. Luiselli (Ed.), Antecedent Intervention: Recent developments in community focused behavior support. Baltimore: Brooks Publishing.

Codding, R.S., Feinberg, A.B., Dunn, E.K. & Pace, G.M. (2005). Effects of performance feedback on treatment integrity of behavior support plans. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 38, 205-219.

Codding, R.S., Skowron, J., & Pace, G.M. (2005). Back to Basics: Training teachers to interpret direct assessment data and create observable and measurable objectives. Behavioral Interventions, 20, 165-176.

Pace, G. M., Dunn, E. K., Luiselli, J. K., & Cochran, C. R., & Skowron, J. (2005). Antecedent interventions for the management of maladaptive behaviors in a child with brain injury. Brain Injury, 19, 365-369.

Luiselli, J. K., Pace, G., & Dunn, E. K. (2003). Antecedent analysis of therapeutic restraint in children and adolescents with acquired brain injury: A descriptive study of four cases. Brain Injury, 17 , 255-264.

Luiselli, J.K., Dion, D., Hammil, E., Potoczny-Gray, A., Savage, R., & Sherak, D.L. (2001). Psychiatric hospitalization and school and community adjustment of children and adolescents with acquired brain injury. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 9, 481-489.

Schlund, M.W., Pace, G.M., & McGready, J. (2001). Relations between decision-making deficits and discriminating contingencies following brain injury. Brain Injury, 15, 1061-1071.

Luiselli, J.K., Arons, M., Marchese, N., Potoczny-Gray, A. & Rossi, E. (2000). Incidence of law violating behavior in a community sample of children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 44, 647-656.

Schlund, M.W., & Pace, G.M. (2000). The experimental analysis of human operant behavior following traumatic brain injury. Behavioral Interventions, 15, 155-168.

Schlund, M.W. & Pace, G.M. (2000). The effects of traumatic brain injury on reporting and responding to causal relations: An investigation of sensitivity to reinforcement contingencies. Brain Injury, 14, 573-583.

Selznick, L. & Savage, R.C. (2000). Using self-monitoring procedures to increase on-task behavior with three adolescent boys with brain injury. Behavior Interventions, 15, 243-260.

Peck, E., Potoczny-Gray, A., & Luiselli, J.K. (1999). Reduction of stereotypic motor behavior in a child with acquired brain injury through contingent instructional-pacing. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 21, 67-75.

DePompei, R., Epps, A., Savage, R.C., & Castelli, E. (1998). Educational needs of children and adolescents after brain injury. Journal of Neurorehabilitation, 11, 85-100.

Savage, R.C., DePompei, R., Lash, M., & Blosser, J. (1998). Special education checklist: For a student with a brain injury. L&A Publishing, Wolfeboro, NH.

Savage, R.C. (1998). Bing, bang, bong: Managing concussions in children. L&A Publishing, Wolfeboro, NH.

Savage, R.C. & Lash, M. (1998). Coma: Guidelines for coma for families. L&A Publishing, Wolfeboro, NH.

DiScala, C., Osberg, S., & Savage, R.C. (1997). Children hospitalized for traumatic brain injury: Transition to postacute care. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1-10.

Savage, R.C. (1997). Integrating rehabilitation and education services for school-age children with brain injuries. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Vol. 12, No. 2, 11-20.

Savage, R.C., Helfer, B., & Lash, M. (1997). The role of emergency medical services for children (EMSC) in the care of children with traumatic brain injuries. Neurorehabilitation, Vol. 9, No. 2, 113-122.

Savage, R.C. & Buyer, D.M. (1997). Designing and implementing clinical care pathways for children with traumatic brain injuries. Neurorehabilitation, Vol. 9, No. 2, 123-132.

Savage, R.C. & Pearson, S. (1997). Common questions when serving students with ABI. Students with Acquired Brain Injuries: The School's Response. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing Co.

Lash, M., Russo, D.C., Navalta, C.P. & Barayza, M. (1996). Families of children with traumatic injuries identify needs for research and training. Neurorehabilitation.

Child Development

Leblanc, M. P., Ricciardi, J. N., & Luiselli, J. K. (2005). Improving discrete trial instruction by paraprofessional staff through an abbreviated performance feedback intervention. Education and Treatment of Children, 28, 76-82.

Conduct Disorders/Severe Behavioral Disorders

Luiselli, J.K., Dion, D., Hammil, E., Potoczny-Gray, A., Savage, R., & Sherak, D.L. (2001). Psychiatric hospitalization and school and community adjustment of children and adolescents with acquired brain injury. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 9, 481-489.

Developmental Disabilities

Kay, S., Harchik, A. E., & Luiselli, J. K. (2006). Elimination of drooling by an adolescent student with autism attending public high school. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 8, 24-28.

Lifter, K., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., Anderson, S.R., & Cowdery, G.E. (1993). Teaching play activities to preschool children with disabilities: The importance of developmental considerations. The Journal of Early Intervention, 17, 139-159.

Kamps, D. M., Walker, D., Dugan, E. P., Leonard, B. R., Thibadeau, S. F., Marshall, K., Grossnickle, L., & Boland, B. (1991). Small group instruction for school-aged students with autism and developmental disabilities. Focus on Autistic Behavior, 6, 1-18.

Mental Illness

Harvey, M. T., Luiselli, J. K., & Wong, S. E. (2009). Application of applied behavior analysis to mental health issues. Psychological Practice, 6, 212-222.

Mental Retardation

Eshbaugh, B., Martin, W., Cunningham, K., & Luiselli, J. K. (2004). Evaluation of bedtime medication regimen on daytime sleep and challenging behaviors of an adult with intellectual disabilities. Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities,7, 21-25.

Sperry, J., Luiselli, J. K., Goldman, S., Abbe, K., & Hauser, M. J. (2004). Community habilitative report in the case of an adult with growth hormone deficiency dwarfism (panhypopituitarism), multiple psychiatric disorders, law violating behavior, and life threatening self injury. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 16, 287-296.

Kostinas, G., Scandlen, A., & Luiselli, J.K. (2001). Positive and negative reinforcement treatment of perseverative verbal behavior in an adult with mental retardation and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behavioral Interventions, 16, 27-37.

Pace, G. M., & Toyer, E. A. (2001). The effects of a vitamin supplement on the pica of a child with severe mental retardation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 33, 619-622.

Public Schools

Licciardello, C. C., Harchik, A. E., & Luiselli, J. K. (2008). Social skills intervention for children with autism during interactive play at a public elementary school. Education and Treatment of Children, 31, 27-37.

Sanetti, L. M., Luiselli, J. K., & Handler, M. W. (2007). Effects of verbal and graphic performance feedback on behavior support plan implementation in a public elementary school. Behavior Modification, 31, 454-465.

Mautone, J. A., Luiselli, J. K., & Handler, M. W. (2006). Improving implementation of classroom instruction through teacher-directed behavioral consultation: A single-case demonstration. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 2, 432-438.

Luiselli, J. K., McCarty, J. C., Coniglio, J., Zorilla-Ramirez, C., & Putnam, R. F. (2005). Social skills assessment and intervention: Review and recommendations for school practitioners. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 21, 21-38.

Luiselli, J. K, Putnam, R. F., Handler, M. W., & Feinberg, A. B. (2005). Whole-school positive behavior support: Effects on student discipline problems and academic performance. Educational Psychology, 25, 183-198.

Putnam, R. F., Handler, M. W., & Luiselli, J. K. (2003). Positive schools: A behavioral consultation, intervention, and prevention approach to student discipline. Psychiatric Services, 54, 1039.

Putnam, R. F., Handler, M. W., Ramirez-Platt, C. R., & Luiselli, J. K. (2003). Improving student bus riding behavior through a whole-school intervention. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36, 583-589.

Putnam, R. F., Luiselli, J. K., Handler, M. W., & Jefferson, G. L. (2003). Evaluating student discipline practices in a public school through behavioral assessment of office referrals. Behavior Modification, 27, 505-523.

Putnam, R.F., Handler, M.W., Luiselli, J.K. (2003). Positive schools: A behavioral consultation, intervention, and prevention approach to student discipline. Psychiatric Services, 54, 1039.

DiPietro, E., Luiselli, J.K., Campbell, S., O'Malley Cannon, B., Ellis, J.T., & Taras, M. (2002). A parent survey approach to evaluate public school education of children with autism/PDD following center-based behavioral treatment. Special Services in The Schools, 18, 119-131.

Luiselli, J.K., Putnam, R.F., & Sunderland, M. (2002). Longitudinal evaluation of behavior support intervention in a public middle school. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 4, 182-188.

Putnam, R.F., Luiselli, J.K., & Jefferson, G.L. (2002). Expanding technical assistance consultation to public schools: District-wide evaluation of instructional and behavior support practices for students with developmental disabilities. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 24, 113-128.

Putnam, R.F., Luiselli, J.K., Sennett, K., & Malonson, J. (2002). Cost-efficacy analysis of out-of-district special education placements: An evaluative measure of behavior support intervention in public schools. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 15, 17-24.

Luiselli, J.K., Putnam, R.F., & Handler, M.W. (2001). Improving discipline practices in public schools: Description of a whole-school and district-wide model of behavior analysis consultation. The Behavior Analyst Today, 2, 18-27.

Putnam, R.F., Handler, M.W., Ramirez-Platt, & Luiselli, J.K. (in press). Improving student bus riding behavior through a whole-school intervention. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Putnam, R.F., Luiselli, J.K., Handler, M.W., & Jefferson, G.L. (in press). Evaluating student discipline practices in a public school through behavioral assessment of office referrals. Behavior Modification.

Rehabilitative Services

Harchik, A.E., Sherman, J.A., Sheldon, J.B., & Bannerman, D.J. (1993). Choice and control: New opportunities for people with disabilities. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 5, 151-161.

Taras, M., Matson, J.L., & Felps, J.N. (1993). Using Independence Training to Teach Independent Living Skills to Children and Young Men with Visual Impairments. Behavior Modification, 17(2), 189-208.

Self Injurious Behavior/Suicide

Ladd, M. V., Luiselli, J. K., & Baker, L. (2009). Continuous access to competing stimulation as intervention for self-injurious skin picking in a child with autism. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 31, 54-60.

Humenik, A. L., Curran, J., Luiselli, J. K., & Child, S. N. (2008). Intervention for self-injury in a child with autism: Effects of choice and continuous access to preferred stimuli. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 3, 17-22.

Pace, G. M., Iwata, B. A., Edwards, G. L., & McCosk, K. C. (1986). Stimulus fading and transfer in the treatment of self-restraint and self-injurious behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 19, 381-389.

Staff Training and Supervision

Gilligan, K. T., Luiselli, J. K., & Pace, G. M. (in press). Training paraprofessional staff to implement discrete trial instruction: Evaluation of a practical performance feedback intervention. The Behavior Therapist.

Luiselli, J. K., & St. Amand, C. (2005). Staff training in applied behavior analysis: Improving knowledge competencies of services providers for people with developmental disabilities. Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities, 8, 120-125.

Harchik, A., Anderson, M., Thomson, R., Forde, K. Feinberg, L., Rivest, S., & Luiselli, J.K. (2001). Evaluation of a participatory, competency-based model of staff training in a community habilitative setting. Behavioral Interventions, 16, 1-16.

Miscellaneous

Ettenberg, A., & Camp, C. H. (1986) Haloperidol induces a partial reinforcement extinction effect in rats: Implications for a dopamine involvement in food reward. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 25, 813-821.

Ettenberg, A., & Camp, C. H. (1986). A partial reinforcement extinction effect in water-reinforced rats intermittently treated with haloperidol. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 25, 1231-1235.