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 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

2018 Publications

Livingston, C. E., & Graff, R. B. (2018). Further evaluation of the use of preference categories to identify novel reinforcers: A systematic replication. Behavioral Interventions. 2018;1–12.

Weist, M. D., Eber, L., Horner, R., Splett, J., Putnam, R., Barrett, S., Perales, K., Fairchild, A. J., & Hoover, S. (2018). Improving multitiered systems of support for students with "internalizing" emotional/behavioral problems. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.


Kautz, M., Debar, R. M., Vladescu, J. C., & Graff, R. B. (2017). A further evaluation of choice of task sequence. Journal of Special Education

Anderson, C. M., Iovannone, R. I., & Scott, T. (2017). Understanding setting events: What they are and how to identify them. Beyond Behavior.

Anderson, C. M., Martin, R. J., & Haynes, R. D. (2017). Supporting students with autism spectrum disorder in rural schools. Handbook of Rural School Mental Health, 13, 213-230.

Liebel, S. W., Jones, E. C., Oshri, A., Hallowell, E. S., Jerskey, B. A., Gunstad, J., & Sweet, L. H. (2017). Cognitive processing speed mediates the effects of cardiovascular disease on executive functioning. Neuropsychology, Jan: 31 (1), 44-51.

Tabere, T. A., Lambright, N., & Luiselli, J. K. (2017). Video modeling training effects on types of attention delivered by educational care providers. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1-6.


Jerskey, B. A. (2016). Neuropsychology: When is the right time to adopt test revisions? APPIC E-Newsletter, (pp. 21-11).

Nese, R. N. T., Anderson, C. M., Ruppert, T., & Fisher, P. (2016). Effects of a video feedback parent training program during child welfare visitation. Children and Youth Services Review, 71, 266-276.

Putnam, R. F., and Knoster, T. (2016). 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.

Strohmeier, C., & Luiselli, J. K. (2016). Pica. I. L. Rubin, J. Merrick, D. E. Greydanus, & D. R. Patel (Eds.), Healthcare for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan.


Donaldson, D. L. (2015). Enuresis and encopresis. In H. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd Edition, New York, NY, Elsevier.

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, May: 8 (1), 88-91.

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.

Parent, V., Birthwell, K., Lambright, N., & Dubard, M. (2015). Combining CBT and behavioral analytic approaches to target severe emotion dysregulation in verbal youth with ASD and ID. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 9 (1-2), 60-82.

Queen, A.H., Donaldson, D.L., & Luiselli, J.K. (2015). Interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy as an integrated treatment approach for co-occurring bipolar I and social anxiety disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 14, 434-448.


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

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


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.


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

Kleinmann, A. E., Luiselli, J. K., DiGennaro, F. D., Pace, G. M., Langone, S. R., & Cochran, C. (2009). 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Gilligan, K. T., Luiselli, J. K., & Pace, G. M. (2007). Training paraprofessional staff to implement discrete trial instruction: Evaluation of a practical performance feedback intervention. The Behavior Therapist.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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., 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.


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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.

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