Marc J. Tassé, Ph.D.

Director, Nisonger Center Professor, Department of Psychology Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Administration

(614) 685-3193
marc.tasse@osumc.edu

Biography:

Marc J. Tassé, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and is also the Director of Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, at The Ohio State University.  Marc has more than 30 years of experience in conducting research and providing clinical services in the field of intellectual disability (ID), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and other related neurodevelopmental disorders.  He has been a Principal Investigator(PI)/co-PI on more than two dozen grant-funded projects, including funding from federal, state, private foundations and other sources.  Marc’s publications include more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and books in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  He has co-authored several published standardized tests, including scales assessing adaptive behavior, problem behavior/psychopathology, and support needs.  He is the senior author of the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale, which was published in 2017 by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  He has given 250+ scientific and professional presentations related to ID, ASD, and related neurodevelopmental disorders.  Marc was elected Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Psychological Association (Division 33), and International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Recently, he has been working on a technology project (funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education) examining the use and possible expansion of remote supports and other forms of “technology support” to promote independent living in adults with developmental disabilities. Marc’s work has been recognized by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Exceptional Service Award: 2007, 2009 & 2011) and the American Psychological Association (Division 33’s John W. Jacobson Award for “meritorious contributions to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in an area related to behavioral psychology, evidence-based practice, dual diagnosis or public policy”). Marc has also consulted and testified in a number of capital cases involving the determination of intellectual disability (e.g., Atkins hearings).  Marc is a Past-President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2012-2013).

Research & Clinical Interests

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

Selected Publications

  1. Thompson, J. R., Shogren, K. A, Wehmeyer, M. L., Schalock, R. L., & Tassé, M. J. (in press). SIS-A Annual Review Protocol: A Facilitator’s Guide. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  2. Sabat, C., Tassé, M. J. & Tenorio, M. (in press). Adaptive Behavior and Intelligence in Down syndrome: An Exploratory Investigation. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  3. Schalock, R. L., Thompson, J. R., & Tassé, M. J. (2018). A Systematic Approach to Personal Support Plans. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  4. Tassé, M. J. & Bush, K. (2018). International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10). In E. Braaten (Editor). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.
  5. Tassé, M. J. & Mehling, M. H. (2018). Mental Retardation [Intellectual Disability]: Historical Changes in Terminology. In E. Braaten (Editor), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.
  6. Schalock, R. L., Luckasson, R.., Tassé, M. J., & Verdugo, M. A. (2018). A holistic theoretical approach to intellectual disability: Going beyond the four current perspectives. Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, 56. 79-89.
  7. Tassé M. J. & Grover M. (2018). American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). In F. R. Volkmar (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Springer.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_1820-3
  8. Tassé M. J. & Grover M. (2018). Normal Curve. In F. R. Volkmar (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Springer.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_1745-3
  9. Tassé, M. J. & Blume, J. H (2018). Intellectual disability and the death penalty: Current issues and controversies. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, LLC.
  10. Cooray, S. E., Andrews, T., Bailey, N. M., Devapriam, J., McLaren, J. L., Purandare, K. N., Jaydeokar, S. S., Tassé, M. J., & Wijeratne, A. (2018). Anxiety Disorders. In R. Staal (Ed.). Diagnostic manual – Intellectual disability (2nd edition): Workbook. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  11. Charlot, L. R., Benson, B. A., Fox, S., Tassé, M. J., Hassiotis, A., & Pary, R. J. (2018). Depressive Disorders. In R. Staal (Ed.). Diagnostic manual – Intellectual disability (2nd edition): Workbook. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  12. Tassé, M. J., Bertelli, M. O., Simon, E. W., Kates, W. R., & Navas, P. (2018). Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Developmental Disorder). In R. Staal (Ed.). Diagnostic manual – Intellectual disability (2nd edition): Workbook. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  13. Mehling, M. H., Tassé, M. J., & Andridge, R. (2017). Shakespeare and autism: A pilot study examining the treatment effects and predictors of treatment response of the Hunter Heartbeat Method.  Autism – Open Access, 7(5), 1-9.
  14. Tassé, M. J., Schalock, R. L., Thissen, D., Balboni, G., Bersani, H. A., Borthwick-Duffy, S. A., Spreat, S., Widaman, K. F., & Zhang, D. (2017). Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale: User’s manual. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  15. Tassé, M. J. (2017). Adaptive Behavior. In Karrie A. Shogren, Michael L. Wehmeyer, & Nirbhay N. Singh (Eds)., Handbook of positive psychology in intellectual and developmental disabilities: Translating Research into practice (pp. 201-216). New York:
  16. Mehling, M. H., Tassé, M. J., & Root, R. (2017). Shakespeare and autism: An exploratory evaluation of the Hunter Heartbeat Method. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 4, 107-120. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23297018.2016.1207202.
  17. Tassé, M. J. (2017). Intellectual disability and the death penalty. Impact, 30(1), 47-50.
  18. Havercamp, S. M., Tassé, M. J., Navas, P., Benson, B. A., Alain, D. C., & Manickam, K., (2017). Exploring the weight and health status of adults with Down syndrome. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 5, 97-108.  https://doi.org/10.11114/jets.v5i6.2343.
  19. Bush, K. & Tassé, M. J. (2017). Employment and Choice-Making for Adults with Intellectual Disability, Autism and Down Research in Developmental Disabilities, 65, 23-34.
  20. Tassé, Marc. J. & Mehling, M. H. (2017). Measuring Intellectual Functioning and Adaptive Behavior
    in Determining Intellectual Disability. In Karrie A. Shogren & Michael Wehmeyer (Eds)., Research-based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability (pp. 63-78). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  21. Shogren, K. A., Shaw, L. A., Wehmeyer, M. L., Thompson, J. R., Lang, K. M., Tassé, M. J., & Schalock, R. L. (2017). The support needs of children with intellectual disability and autism: Implications for supports planning and subgroup classification. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47, 865-877.
  22. Thompson, J. R., Shogren, K. A., Schalock, R. L., Tassé, M. J., & Wehmeyer, M. L. (2017). SIS-A Annual Review Protocol. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
  23. Tassé, M. J., Luckasson, R., & Schalock, R. L. (2016). The Relation between intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior in the diagnosis of intellectual disability.  Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, 54, 381-390.
  24. Tassé, M. J. (2016). Autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Journal of Psychology and Cognition, 1, 9-10.
  25. Tassé, M. J. (2016). Intellectual disability, adaptive behavior, and the DSM-5. Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders, 42(2), 26-29.
  26. Cooray, S. E., Andrews, T., Bailey, N. M., Devapriam, J., McLaren, J. L., Purandare, K. N., Jaydeokar, S. S., Tassé, M. J., & Wijeratne, A. (2016). Anxiety Disorders. In R. J. Fletcher, J. Barnhill, & S. A. Cooper (Eds.). Diagnostic manual – Intellectual disability (2nd edition): A textbook of diagnosis of mental disorders in persons with intellectual disability (DM-ID-2). Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  27. Charlot, L. R., Benson, B. A., Fox, S., Tassé, M. J., Hassiotis, A., & Pary, R. J. (2016). Depressive Disorders. In R. J. Fletcher, J. Barnhill, & S. A. Cooper (Eds.). Diagnostic manual – Intellectual disability (2nd edition): A textbook of diagnosis of mental disorders in persons with intellectual disability (DM-ID-2). Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  28. Tassé, M. J., Bertelli, M. O., Simon, E. W., Kates, W. R., & Navas, P. (2016). Intellectual Disability (Intellectual Developmental Disorder).  In R. J. Fletcher, J. Barnhill, & S. A. Cooper (Eds.). Diagnostic manual – Intellectual disability (2nd edition): A textbook of diagnosis of mental disorders in persons with intellectual disability (DM-ID-2). Kingston, NY: NADD Press.
  29. Tassé, M. J., Navas, P., Havercamp, S. M., Benson, B. A., Alain, D. C., Manickam, K., & Davis, S. (2016). Psychiatric conditions prevalent among adults with Down syndrome. Journal of Practice and Policy in Intellectual Disability, 13, 173-180.
  30. Mehling, M. H. & Tassé, M. J. (2016). Severity of autism spectrum disorders: Current conceptualization, and transition to DSM-5. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 2000-2016.
  31. Tassé, M. J., Schalock, R. L., Thissen, D., Balboni, G., Bersani, H. A., Borthwick-Duffy, S. A., Spreat, S., Widaman, K. F., Zhang, D., & Navas, P. (2016). The Development and Standardization of the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale: The Application of Item Response Theory to the Assessment of Adaptive Behavior. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121, 79-94.
  32. Tassé, M. J., Schalock, R. L., Balboni, G., Spreat, S., & Navas, P. (2016). Validity and Reliability of the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 80-88.
  33. 33Thompson, J. R., Wehmeyer, M. L., Hughes, C., Shogren, K. A., Seo, H,  Little, T. D., Schalock, R. L., Realon, R. E., Copeland, S. R., Patton, J.R., Polloway, E., Shelden, D., Tanis, S., Tasse, M. J. (2016). Supports Intensity Scale – Children’s Version: User’s Manual. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.