The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School has a rich history of supporting research, education, and service aimed at improving the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. Our research covers a wide range of topics related to IDD. We create and deliver training programs that teach and train those who want to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. We develop and provide a range of information and resources to individuals with IDD and autism spectrum disorder and their families – plus clinicians, educators, and human services agencies. This collection showcases journal articles and other publications and presentations written by faculty and researchers at the Shriver Center.

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Publications from 2015

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Educating Dental Health Professionals about People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Matthew Holder

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Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Preparation for Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Richard W. Serna, Harold E. Lobo, Cindy K. Fleming, Carol Curtin, Michelle M. Foran, and Charles D. Hamad

Publications from 2014

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Systematic Review of Evidence of Interventions Addressing Disparities in Oral Health for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Year 2, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Matthew Holder

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Lead levels in the breast milk of nursing Andean mothers living in a lead-contaminated environment, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, Fernando Ortega, Roberto Chiriboga, Rommy Correa, and Maria Angela Collaguaso

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Obesity in children with autism spectrum disorder, Carol Curtin, Mirjana Jojic, and Linda G. Bandini

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The potential influence of stimulus overselectivity in AAC: information from eye tracking and behavioral studies of attention with individuals with intellectual disabilities, William V. Dube and Krista M. Wilkinson

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Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent’s Interactive Guide to ABA, Richard K. Fleming, Carol Curtin, Cheryl A. Gray, and Charles D. Hamad

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Rapid generation of balanced trial distributions for discrimination learning procedures: A technical note, Christophe J. Gerard, Harry A. MacKay, Brooks Thompson, and William J. McIlvane

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Controlling Relations in Stimulus Equivalence Classes of Preschool Children and Individuals with Down Syndrome, Priscila C. Grisante, Julio C. de Rose, and William J. McIlvane

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A comparison of food refusal related to characteristics of food in children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children, Kristie L. Hubbard, Sarah E. Anderson, Carol Curtin, Aviva Must, and Linda G. Bandini

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Nasal Morphology of the Chinese: Three-Dimensional Reference Values for Rhinoplasty, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Stereophotogrammetry-based facial depth measurements: a novel method for quantifying facial projection, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra on Person-Centered Evaluation: Aging and Disability Services, Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra

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Thematic Matching as Remedial Teaching for Symbolic Matching for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, Rachel Farber, B. Max Jones, and William V. Dube

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Rapid Teaching of Arbitrary Matching in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Greg Morro, Harry A. MacKay, and Michael T. Carlin

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Obesity Prevention for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Aviva Must, Carol Curtin, Kristie Hubbard, Linmarie Sikich, James Bedford, and Linda G. Bandini

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Comparison of sedentary behaviors between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children, Aviva Must, Sarah M. Phillips, Carol Curtin, Sarah E. Anderson, Melissa C. T. Maslin, Keith Lividini, and Linda G. Bandini

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Laser light scan analysis of the "anticonvulsant face", H. Ivan Orup Jr., Curtis K. Deutsch, and Lewis B. Holmes

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GRAIDs: a framework for closing the gap in the availability of health promotion programs and interventions for people with disabilities, James H. Rimmer, Kerri A. Vanderbom, Linda G. Bandini, Charles E. Drum, Karen Luken, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, and Ian D. Graham

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Modeling the effects of sensory reinforcers on behavioral persistence with alternative reinforcement, Mary M. Sweeney, Keira Moore, Timothy A. Shahan, William H. Ahearn, William V. Dube, and John A. Nevin

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Eye-tracking Measures Reveal How Changes in the Design of Aided AAC Displays Influence the Efficiency of Locating Symbols by School-Aged Children without Disabilities, Krista M. Wilkinson, Tara O'Neill, and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2013

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Assistive Technology (AT): Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Service Delivery, Alkim Akyurtlu, Deirdra Murphy, Alexandra Bonardi, Tom Mercier, and Craig Armiento

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Health U.: A Nutrition Curriculum for Teenagers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Linda G. Bandini, Carol Curtin, Richard K. Fleming, Melissa C. T. Maslin, and Renee Scampini

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Is body mass index a useful measure of excess body fatness in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome?, Linda G. Bandini, R. K. Fleming, R. Scampini, James Gleason, and Aviva Must

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Accuracy of Dietary Reference Intakes for determining energy requirements in girls, Linda G. Bandini, Keith Lividini, Sarah M. Phillips, and Aviva Must

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and obesity in US males and females, age 8-15 years: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2004, H. C. Michelle Byrd, Carol Curtin, and S E. Anderson

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Uncovering the evidence: Systematic review of interventions to reduce oral health disparities between adults with Intellectual Disability and the general population, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, Nancy E. Harger, and Matthew Holder

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Parent support improves weight loss in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome, Carol Curtin, Linda G. Bandini, Aviva Must, James Gleason, Keith Lividini, Sarah Phillips, Misha Eliasziw, Melissa C. T. Maslin, and Richard K. Fleming

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Quantitative assessment of craniofacial morphology in Johanson-Blizzard syndrome, Curtis K. Deutsch, Tania Hreczko, and Lewis B. Holmes

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Translational Research in Behavior Analysis, William V. Dube

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Go/No-Go Procedure with Compound Stimuli: Effects of Training Structure On the Emergence of Equivalence Classes, Priscila C. Grisante, Fernanda L. Galesi, Nathali M. Sabino, Paula Debert, Erik Arntzen, and William J. McIlvane

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Emotional facial and vocal expressions during story retelling by children and adolescents with high-functioning autism, Ruth B. Grossman, Lisa R. Edelson, and Helen Tager-Flusberg

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Computational Approaches to Measurement of Visual Attention: Modeling Overselectivity in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Nurit Haspel, Alison R. Shell, and Curtis K. Deutsch

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A 3D anthropometric analysis of the orolabial region in Chinese young adults, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Normative findings for periocular anthropometric measurements among Chinese young adults in Hong Kong, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Re: Meeting the needs of patients with learning disabilities, Emily Lauer, Alexandra Bonardi, and Steven D. Staugaitis

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Visual field bias in hearing and deaf adults during judgments of facial expression and identity, Susan M. Letourneau and Teresa V. Mitchell

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Rapid Cue Reversal Learning, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf

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Membership of Defined Responses in Stimulus Classes, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf and Paula Braga-Kenyon

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Persistence during extinction: examining the effects of continuous and intermittent reinforcement on problem behavior, Jacquelyn M. MacDonald, William H. Ahearn, Diana Parry-Cruwys, Stacie Bancroft, and William V. Dube

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"Associative concept learning in animals" by Zentall, Wasserman, and Urcuioli: A commentary, William J. McIlvane

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Simple and Complex Discrimination Learning, William J. McIlvane

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Tracking blood lead and zinc protoporphyrin levels in Andean adults working in a lead contaminated environment, Fernando Ortega, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, Angelica M. Coronel Parra, Maria Angela Collaguaso, and Anthony B. Jacobs

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Declining blood lead and zinc protoporphyrin levels in Ecuadorian Andean children, Fernando Ortega, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, Angelica M. Coronel Parra, Maria Angela Collaguaso, Anthony B. Jacobs, Nader Rifai, and Patricia Nolan Hoover

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Idiosyncratic variables affecting functional analysis outcomes: A review (2001-2010), Kevin J. Schlichenmeyer, Eileen M. Roscoe, Griffin W. Rooker, Emily E. Wheeler, and William V. Dube

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Perceptual factors influence visual search for meaningful symbols in individuals with intellectual disabilities and down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders, Krista M. Wilkinson and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2012

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Restricted stimulus control in stimulus control shaping with a capuchin monkey, Ana Leda F. Brino, Olavo F. Galvao, Romariz S. Barros, Paulo R. K. Goulart, and William J. McIlvane

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Association of hemoglobin levels and brainstem auditory evoked responses in lead-exposed children, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, and Fernando Ortega

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Non-Mendelian etiologic factors in neuropsychiatric illness: pleiotropy, epigenetics, and convergence, Curtis K. Deutsch and William J. McIlvane

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The Farkas System of Craniofacial Anthropometry: Methodology and Normative Databases, Curtis K. Deutsch, Alison Shell, Roberta W. Francis, and Barbara Dixon Bird

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Comparison of putative intermediate phenotypes in schizophrenia patients with and without obsessive-compulsive disorder: examining evidence for the schizo-obsessive subtype, Anna R. Docherty, Michael J. Coleman, Xiawei Tu, Curtis K. Deutsch, Nancy R. Mendell, and Deborah L. Levy

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Obesity and Weight Regulation, Richard K. Fleming

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Quality matters! Differences between expressive and receptive non-verbal communication skills in adolescents with ASD, Ruth B. Grossman and Helen Tager-Flusberg

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Learning of Equivalence Classes, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf

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Categories of Relations Between Stimuli: Foundations for Transitive Inference and Other Emergent Behavior, Harry A. MacKay

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Some Things We Learned from Sidman and Some We Did Not (We Think), William J. McIlvane and Joanne B. Kledaras

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Differential expression of components of the retinoic acid signaling pathway in the adult mouse olfactory epithelium, Carolyn E. Peluso, Woochan Jang, Ursula C. Drager, and James E. Schwob

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Genetic association of GABA-A receptor alpha-2 and mu opioid receptor with cocaine cue-reactivity: evidence for inhibitory synaptic neurotransmission involvement in cocaine dependence, David A. Smelson, Lei Yu, Steven Buyske, Gerardo Gonzalez, Jay Tischfield, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Head Circumference Measurement and Growth: Application to Neurodevelopment, Sarah Jane Webb, Alison R. Shell, Jason Cuomo, Guy Jensen, and Curtis K. Deutsch

Publications from 2011

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Sample stimulus control shaping and restricted stimulus control in capuchin monkeys: a methodological note, Ana Leda F. Brino, Romariz da Silva Barros, Olavo F. Galvao, M. Garotti, Ilara R. N. da Cruz, Jose R. Santos, William V. Dube, and William J. McIlvane

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Relational discrimination by pigeons in a go/no-go procedure with compound stimuli: a methodological note, Heloisa Cursi Campos, Paula Debert, Romariz da Silva Barros, and William J. McIlvane

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Conditional Discriminations by Preverbal Children in an Identity Matching-to-Sample Task, Maria Stella de Alcantara Gil, Thais Porlan de Oliveira, and William J. McIlvane

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Recombinative reading derived from pseudoword instruction in a miniature linguistic system, Elenice S. Hanna, Marina Kohlsdorf, Regiane S. Quinteiro, Raquel Maria de Melo, Deisy das GraCas de Souza, Julio C. de Rose, and William J. McIlvane

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Resistance to disruption in a classroom setting, Diana E. Parry-Cruwys, Carrie M. Neal, William H. Ahearn, Emily E. Wheeler, Raseeka Premchander, Melissa B. Loeb, and William V. Dube

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Saitohin, which is nested within the tau gene, interacts with tau and Abl and its human-specific allele influences Abl phosphorylation, Yan Wang, Lei Gao, Christopher G. Conrad, and Athena Andreadis

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An SRp75/hnRNPG Complex Interacting with hnRNPE2 Regulates the 5' Splice Site of Tau Exon 10, Whose Misregulation Causes Frontotemporal Dementia, Yan Wang, Junning Wang, Lei Gao, Stefan Stamm, and Athena Andreadis

Publications from 2010

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Cebus cf. apella exhibits rapid acquisition of complex stimulus relations and emergent performance by exclusion, Ana Leda F. Brino, Ana Paula Bemerguy Assumpcao, Rodolfo da Silva Campos, Olavo F. Galvao, and William J. McIlvane

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Observing behavior and atypically restricted stimulus control, William V. Dube, Chata A. Dickson, Lyn M. Balsamo, Kristin Lombard O'Donnell, Gerson Y. Tomanari, Kevin M. Farren, Emily E. Wheeler, and William J. McIlvane

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Evaluation of resistance to change under different disrupter conditions in children with autism and severe intellectual disability, Karen M. Lionello-Denolf, William V. Dube, and William J. McIlvane

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Some Current Dimensions of Translational Behavior Analysis: From Laboratory Research to Intervention for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, William J. McIlvane, William V. Dube, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, Richard W. Serna, Romariz da Silva Barros, and Olavo F. Galvao

Publications from 2009

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The Balance between Choice and Control: Risk Management in New Zealand Intellectual Disability Services, Alexandra Bonardi

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Emergent conditional relations in a Go/No-Go procedure: figure-ground and stimulus-position compound relations, Paula Debert, Edson M. Huziwara, Robson Brino Faggiani, Maria Eugenia Simoes De Mathis, and William J. McIlvane

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Teaching Generative Reading Via Recombination of Minimal Textual Units: A Legacy of Verbal Behavior to Children in Brazil, Deisy das GraCas de Souza, Julio C. de Rose, Thais C. Faleiros, Renato Bortoloti, Elenice S. Hanna, and William J. McIlvane

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Behavioral Momentum: Translational Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, William V. Dube, William H. Ahearn, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, and William J. McIlvane

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Electrophysiological correlates of stimulus equivalence processes, Barry Haimson, Krista M. Wilkinson, Celia Rosenquist, Carolyn Ouimet, and William J. McIlvane

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Recombinative Generalization in Minimal Verbal Unit-Based Reading Instruction for Pre-Reading Children, Maria Martha Costa Hubner, Renata Christina Gomes, and William J. McIlvane

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Translational Behavior Analysis: From Laboratory Science in Stimulus Control to Intervention with Persons with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, William J. McIlvane

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Exclusion Learning and Emergent Symbolic Category Formation in Individuals with Severe Language Impairments and Intellectual Disabilities, Krista M. Wilkinson, Celia Rosenquist, and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2008

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Relational learning in children with deafness and cochlear implants, Ana Claudia Almeida-Verdu, Edson M. Huziwara, Deisy das GraCas de Souza, Julio C. de Rose, Maria Cecilia Bevilacqua, Jair Lopes Jr., Christiane O. Alves, and William J. McIlvane

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Mood and Anxiety Symptoms in Psychiatric Inpatients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Depression, Lauren Charlot, Curtis K. Deutsch, Aranya Albert, Anne Hunt, Daniel F. Connor, and William J. McIlvane

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Attention deficits, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and intellectual disabilities, Curtis K. Deutsch, William V. Dube, and William J. McIlvane

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Heterogeneity and hypothesis testing in neuropsychiatric illness, Curtis K. Deutsch, Wesley W. Ludwig, and William J. McIlvane

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A Comparison of Exclusion and Trial-and-Error Procedures: Primary and Secondary Effects, Christiana Ferrari, Julio C. de Rose, and William J. McIlvane

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A Novel Method for Teaching the First Instances of Simple Discrimination to Nonverbal Children with Autism in a Laboratory Environment, Karen M. Lionello-Denolf, Romariz da Silva Barros, and William J. McIlvane

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Reversal learning set and functional equivalence in children with and without autism, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, William J. McIlvane, Daniela S. Canovas, Deisy das GraCas de Souza, and Romariz da Silva Barros

Publications from 2007

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Conditional relations with compound abstract stimuli using a go/no-go procedure, Paula Debert, Maria Amelia Matos, and William J. McIlvane

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Exclusive Preference on Concurrent Schedules in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, William V. Dube, and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2006

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Equivalence class formation via identity matching to sample and simple discrimination with class-specific consequences, Romariz S. Barros, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, William V. Dube, and William J. McIlvane

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Relational learning in children with cochlear implants, Wagner R. da Silva, Deisy das Gracas de Souza, Julio C. de Rose, Jair Lopes Jr., Maria Cecilia Bevilacqua, and William J. McIlvane

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Behavior-Analytic Experimental Strategies and Motivational Processes in Persons with Mental Retardation, William V. Dube and William J. McIlvane

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Rudimentary Reading Repertoires via Stimulus Equivalence and Recombination of Minimal Verbal Units, Maria Amelia Matos, Alessandra Lopes Avanzi, and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2005

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Procedural Variables in Equivalence Classes Research: Contributions to the Study of Symbolic Behavior, Romariz S. Barros, Olavo F. Galvao, Ana Leda F. Brino, Paulo R. K. Goulart, and William J. McIlvane

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Extent and Limits of the Matching Concept in Cebus Apella: A Matter of Experimental Control?, Olavo F. Galvao, Romariz S. Barros, Jose R. Santos, Ana Leda F. Brino, Sandra Brandao, Cintia Mara Lavratti, William V. Dube, and William J. McIlvane

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A note on select- and reject-controlling relations in the simple discrimination of capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella), Paulo R. K. Goulart, Mariana B. Mendonca, Romariz S. Barros, Olavo F. Galvao, and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2003

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The Search for Relational Learning Capacity in Cebus apella: A Programmed "Educational" Approach, Romariz S. Barros, Olavo F. Galvao, and William J. McIlvane

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Reinforcer rate effects and behavioral momentum in individuals with developmental disabilities, William V. Dube, William J. McIlvane, Kim Mazzitelli, and Bethany McNamara

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Rebirth of the Shriver Automated Teaching Laboratory, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf and William J. McIlvane

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Stimulus control topography coherence theory: Foundations and extensions, William J. McIlvane and William V. Dube

Publications from 2002

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Generalized identity matching-to-sample in Cebus apella, Romariz S. Barros, Olavo F. Galvao, and William J. McIlvane

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Quantitative assessments of sensitivity to reinforcement contingencies in mental retardation, William V. Dube and William J. McIlvane