Faculty Research Interests 8-2-14

AMAN, Michael G. (PhD; Emeritus Professor of Psychology)

  • Rating scale development and refinement
  • clinical trials research
  • behavior problems/disorders and psychopathology

ARNOLD, L. Eugene (MD; Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry)

  • Tourette syndrome
  • aromatic therapy and autism spectrum disorder
  • omega fatty acids and mood disorders
  • neurofeedback and ADHD
  • nutrition and mental health
  • clinical trials

BENSON, Betsey A. (PhD; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology)

  • •mental health and behavior challenges of adolescents and adults with intellectual disability,
    autism spectrum disorders, and Down syndrome
  • behavioral interventions
  • depressed mood
  • emotion recognition

FISH, Thomas (PhD; Director of Social Programs)

  • Sibling Care Giving
  • Adult Literacy
  • Sibling awareness and involvement with Transition
  • Maximizing Community Inclusion

FOLLOWELL, Timothy (DMD; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dentistry)

  • oral healthcare
  • stress and muscle pain
  • parenting stress and the impact of dental treatment
  • cleft palate, autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities
  • caregiver knowledge base of oral healthcare needs

HAVERCAMP, Susan M. (PhD; Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology)

  • disability education for healthcare providers
  • Access to healthcare for people with disabilities
  • Health promotion
  • Health surveillance

HELLINGS, Jessica (MD; Associate Professor of Psychiatry)

  • Psychopharmacology in IDD and ASD, and CAP
  • Biological underpinnings of aggression, self-injury, ADHD, IDD and ASD
  • Health of Individuals with IDD and ASD
  • Metabolic Side Effects of Atypical Antipsychotics

IZZO, Margo (PhD; Program Director, Special Education and Transitions)

  • digital curricula in high schools (increasing reading achievement, IT literacy, self-determination)
  • define/refine employment goals on IEPs
  • effects of postsecondary programs: education/employment to increase the employment outcome

LECAVALIER, Luc (PhD; Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry)

  • behavior and emotional problems in children with developmental disabilities
  • anxiety disorders and ASD
  • repetitive behaviors
  • Treatment interventions: parent training, medication, behavioral intervention

MARTENS, Marilee (PhD; Associate Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry)

  • hypersociability in individuals with Williams syndrome
  • prosody processing in individuals with Williams syndrome
  • developmental and medical features of infants/toddlers with Williams syndrome
  • attention bias modification in individuals with Williams syndrome

RATLIFF-SCHAUB, Karen (MD; Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics)

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • spina Bifida
  • implementation of best practices
  • education of medical student about disabilities

RABIDOUX, Paula (PhD, CCC-SLP; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Speech and Hearing Science)

  • social play and communication development
  • communication and language disorders
  • parent child interaction in emergent literacy
  • graduate training and leadership development

TASSÉ, Marc J. (PhD; Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry)

  • assessment and psychometrics (item response theory)
  • adaptive behavior
  • problem behavior & psychiatric disorders
  • health issues
  • Intervention strategies in ASD and ID

WALTON, Katie (PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychology)

  • early intervention in Autism spectrum disorder
  • effectiveness and different models of service delivery
  • parent and sibling training
  • social skills training

WITWER, Andrea (PhD; Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology)

  • emotional assessment and applied behavior analysis
  • family stress
  • early screening and surveillance of autism spectrum disorder
  • early intervention & developing IFSP goals measure


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