Melmark conducts regular research on the identifying functions of behaviors, effective interventions, staff training and supervision and a range of other topics. Research may be conducted by Melmark staff often in collaboration with regional universities through masters theses and doctoral dissertations; an internal research review committee approves /oversees all research conducted.
Current research interests include:
- Social skills assessment and instruction.
- Dimensions of reinforcement and task parameters.
- Functional assessment procedures.
- Staff training and supervision.
- Increasing staff motivation.
- Reducing staff injury.
- Video prompting.
- Chaining procedures.
- Systematic de-sensitization for medical procedure compliance.
- Decreasing challenging behaviors.
- Assessing and addressing academic deficits.
- Feeding disorders.
- Other topics as presented.
For further information, please contact Mary Jane Weiss, Executive Director of Research.