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DDDC Research Course - Fall 2017

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Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 pm

Erica Dashow
Office hours: By Arrangement
(848) 932-9239



Assignment Due


Introduction to Course



What is Autism?

Classroom Observations


Intro to ABA

Mesibov Ch 2
Harris & Weiss Chapter 1 & 5
Must have completed IRB approval


Science, Pseudoscience, & Antiscience Understanding Scientific WritingCharlop-

Green Ch 2
Christy et al., 1998
Cooper Ch 3
Kazdin Ch 3


Defining Behavior and Taking Data

Cooper Ch 4, & 6 (p 149-155)
Kazdin Ch 6 (p 121-127) & 12 (p 285-293)


Interobserver Agreement & Reliability

Cooper Ch 5
Kazdin Ch 5
Article Synopsis Due


Intro to Experimentation, Single Case Design

Kazdin Chapter 2
Cardon & Azuma, 2011


ABAB Designs

Kazdin Chapter 6 (p 128-142) & Ch 9
Dugan et al., 1995
Northup et al., 1999


Alternating Treatment Designs

Kazdin Ch 7 & 8
Taylor & Harris, 1995


Multiple Baseline Designs
Changing Criterion Designs

Ward & Carnes, 2002
DeLuca & Holborn, 1992
Article Synopsis Due


Graphing data for Visual Inspection

Kazdin Ch 13
Dixon et al., 2009
Paper Outline Due


Bahavioral Assessment

Kazdin chapters 1 & 4


Article Presentations/Catch up day

Kazdin Chapter 12 (p 293-322) & 14
Article Presentations


Catch up day

Final Paper Due


DDDC Research Course

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The Research Course is offered through the Division of Research and Training at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC). The DDDC serves the dual functions of providing services to children with autism and their families as well as advancing knowledge of the understanding and treatment of autism.

The course is designed to expose students to applied behavior analytic research with children with autism. The required commitment to the course consists of 150 hours total (divided between both research and academic activities).

IRB approval- University and federal regulations require that individuals involved in research activities must complete certification in working with human subjects. This requirement must be completed by the middle of September.

Two (2) Article summaries- Article summaries are aimed to help students learn how to critically read and understand research articles. Article summaries will be handed in and critiqued by the instructor. Each article summary should be no longer than 3 pages in length. Article summaries will be due on 10/10 and 11/7 by email. On 11/28, you will present your article synopses to each other as a group.

Final Paper -The final paper is similar to an "Introduction" and "Method" Section in a research report. The final paper includes a comprehensive literature search and review on a topic of each student's choice, and a proposed method section for how to conduct a study on that topic. Papers should address topics that can be thought through in applied behavior analytic terms. Grading is based on how thorough the review is, the content of the article critiques, and the interpretation of the results and designs. The final paper should be between 8-10 pages in length. A one-page outline of the final paper will be due on 11/14 and the final paper will be due on or before 12/5, by email.

DDDC Research Activities -Involvement in the research activities at the DDDC is about 8.5 hours per week. Some of the activities involve collecting observational data, running assessments, data coding, checking data, helping with preparatory work, sending surveys and mailings, and entering data. Reliability training will be a part of preparing for all observations and data coding.

Kazdin, A.E. (2011).Single Case Research Designs: Methods for Clinical and Applied Settings. Second Edition. Oxford University Press. The book and other readings are on reserve in the research office.
* Assigned readings from this book will be emailed out on a weekly basis

45% of the final grade is determined by the assignments: IRB approval (5%), final research paper (20%) and article summaries (each 10%). 55% of the final grade is determined by involvement and participation in the ongoing research activities. There will be two evaluations during the semester: once mid-semester (20%) and once at the end of the semester (35%). The evaluations will be shared with each student. A copy of the form to be used is contained in the handbook.



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