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Tassé, Marc J.

Marc J. Tasse, PhD
Marc J. Tassé, Ph.D.
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Marc J. Tassé obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1994). He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Having completed his postdoctoral fellowship, Tassé accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1999, he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina (UNC) as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Community Education Director at the UNC Center for Development and Learning - UCEDD. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry in 2004. Tassé left UNC in 2006 to accept the position of Associate Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities – UCEDD at the University of South Florida (USF). He was also an Associate Professor at the USF Department of Child & Family Studies. In 2009, Tassé became the Director of the Ohio State Nisonger Center – UCEDD. He is also a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry.

Research & Clinical Interests

Dr. Tassé’s research and clinical interests are in the area intellectual disability (ID) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). His research has been in the area of co-occurrence of intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorders and psychiatric problems / problem behaviors. He has also conducted research in the area of adaptive behavior, test development, supports needs, and health aspects. Tassé’s clinical interests include the diagnosis of intellectual disability as well as the assessment and treatment of problem behavior and psychiatric disorders in individuals with ID or ASD. He has conducted over 150 trainings, workshops, and other presentations in these areas. His publications include more than 85 articles in peer-reviewed journals, chapters, and books in the area of ID and ASD. Tassé has co-authored several standardized assessment instruments in the field of developmental disabilities, including the Supports Intensity Scale (Thompson et al., 2004) and the Nisonger Child Behavior Rating Form (Aman et al., 1995). He is currently the Chairperson of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) workgroup developing the Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale. He is a Fellow of AAIDD and the American Psychological Association and recipient of the AAIDD Service Award (2007, 2009, and 2011). Tassé is serving as President-Elect of the AAIDD Board of Directors (2011-2012) and will be President 2012-2013.

Selected Publications

Tassé, M. J., Schalock, R. L., Balboni, G., Bersani, H., Borthwick-Duffy, S. A., Spreat, S., Thissen, D. T., Widaman, K. F., & Zhang, D. (in press). The Construct of Adaptive Behavior: Its Conceptualization, Measurement, and Use in the Field of Intellectual Disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Wehmeyer, M. L., Tassé, M. J., Davies, D. K., & Stock, S. (2012). Support Needs of Adults with Intellectual Disability Across Domains: The Role of Technology. Journal of Special Education Technology, 27, 11-21.

Tassé, M. J. & Grover, M. D. (2012). American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders. New York: Springer.

Tassé, M. J. & Grover, M. D. (2012). Normal curve. In F. R. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders. New York: Springer.

Schalock, R. L., Luckasson, R. A., Buntinx, W. H. E., Borthwick-Duffy, S., Craig, E. M., Lachapelle, Y., Reeve, A., Shogren, K. A., Snell, M. E., Spreat, S., Tassé, M. J., Thompson, J. R., & Wehmeyer, M. L. (2012). Intellectual disability: Definition, classification, and system of supports (11e) - User's Guide. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Tassé, M. J. (2012). Intellectual disability (pp. 248-249). In D. J. Lynn, H. B. Newton, & A. D. Rae-Grant (Eds.), The 5-Minute Neurology Consult (Second Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Cunningham, M. D. & Tassé, M. J. (2010). Looking to Science rather than Convention in Adjusting IQ Scores when Death is at Issue. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 413-419.

Tassé, M. J. & Wehmeyer, M. L. (2010). Intensity of Support Needs in Relation to Co-occurring Psychiatric Disorders. Exceptionality, 18, 182-192.

Tassé, M. J., Sabourin, G., Garcin, N., & Lecavalier, L. (2010). Définition d’un trouble grave du comportement chez les personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle [Definition of Severe Problem Behavior in Individuals with Intellectual Disability]. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 42, 62-69.

Schalock, R. L., Buntinx, W. H. E., Borthwick-Duffy, S., Bradley, V., Craig, E. M., Coulter, D. L., Gomez, S. C., Lachapelle, Y., Luckasson, R. A., Reeve, A., Shogren, K. A., Snell, M. E., Spreat, S., Tassé, M. J., Thompson, J. R., Verdugo, M. A., Wehmeyer, M. L., & Yeager, M. H. (2010). Intellectual disability: Definition, classification, and system of supports. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Tassé, M. J. (2009). Adaptive Behavior Assessment and the Diagnosis of Mental Retardation in Capital Cases. Applied Neuropsychology, 16, 114-123.

Wehmeyer, M.L., Chapman, T.E., Little, T.D., Thompson, J.R., Schalock, R.L., & Tasse, M.J. (2009).  The efficacy of the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) to predict extraordinary support needs.  American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 114, 3-14.

Weiss, J. A., Lunsky, Y., Tassé, M. J., & Durbin, J. (2009). Support for the construct validity of the Supports Intensity Scale based on clinician rankings of need. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30, 933-941.

Thompson, J. R., Tassé, M. J., & McLaughlin, C. A. (2008).  The inter-rater reliability of the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS). American Journal on Mental Retardation, 113, 231-237.

Thompson, J. R., Tassé, M. J., & Schalock, R., (2008). Supports Intensity Scale: Supplemental Administration and Scoring Procedures. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Washington, DC.

Wehmeyer, M. L., Buntinx, W. H. E., Lachapelle, Y., Luckasson, R. A., Schalock, R. L., Verdugo, M. A., Borthwick-Duffy, S., Bradley, V., Craig, E. M., Coulter, D. L., Gomez, S. C., Reeve, A., Shogren, K. A., Snell, M. E., Spreat, S., Tassé, M. J., Thompson, J. R., & Yeager, M. H. (2008). The Intellectual Disability Construct and Its Relation to Human Functioning. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 46, 311-318.

Tassé, M. J., Barnhill, L. J., Havercamp, S. M., & Reeve, A. (2007). Elimination disorders. In R. J. Fletcher, E. Loschen, C. Stavrakaki, & M. First (Eds.), Diagnostic manual for individuals with intellectual disabilities: A textbook of diagnosis of mental disorders in persons with intellectual disability (pp. 173-182). Kingston, NY: NADD Press.

Tassé, M. J., Barnhill, L. J., Havercamp, S. M., & Reeve, A. (2007). Elimination disorders. In R. J. Fletcher, E. Loschen, C. Stavrakaki, & M. First (Eds.), Diagnostic manual for individuals with intellectual disabilities: A clinical guide for diagnosis of mental disorders in persons with intellectual disability (pp. 107-110). Kingston, NY: NADD Press.

Chung, K. M., Reavis, S., Mosconi, M., Drewry, J., Matthews, T., & Tassé, M. J. (2007). Peer-mediated social skills training program for young children with high-functioning autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 28, 423-436.

Konarski, E. A., Realon, R. E., & Tassé, M. J. (2007). Predicting individual budgets in a support program for people with developmental disabilities: An evaluation (pp. 75-94). In J. Holderegger & A. Poindexter (Eds.), Rural Habilitation Programs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Problems. Kingston, NY: NADD Publishing.

Schalock, R. L., Buntinx, W. H. E., Borthwick-Duffy, S., Luckasson, R., Snell, M. E., Tassé, M. J., & Wehmeyer, M. L. (2007). User's Guide Mental Retardation: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports, 10th Edition. Applications for Clinicians, Educators, Disability Program Managers, and Policy Makers. Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Schalock, R. L., Shogren, K. A., Luckasson, R., Borthwick-Duffy, S., Buntinx, W. H. E., Coulter, D., Craig, E. M., Gomez, S., Lachapelle, Y., Reeve, A., Snell., M. E., Spreat, S., Tassé, M. J., Thompson, J. R., Verdugo, M. A., Wehmeyer, M. L., & Yeager, M.  (2007). The renaming of mental retardation: Understanding the change to the term intellectual disability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 45, 116-124.

Tassé, M. J. (2006). Functional behavioural assessment in persons with intellectual disabilities. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 19, 475-480.

Tassé, M. J. & Havercamp, S. M. (2006). The role of motivation and psychopathology in understanding the IQ-adaptive behavior discrepancy. In H. N. Switsky (Ed.), International Review of Research on Mental Retardation (Volume 31; pp. 231-259). San Diego, CA: Elsevier Science.

Konarski, E. A. & Tassé, M. J. (2005). Assessing risk of injury in people with mental retardation living in an Intermediate Care Facility. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 110, 333-338.