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 master’s 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
  • Chaining procedures
  • Systematic desensitization for medical procedure compliance
  • Decreasing challenging behaviors
  • Assessing and addressing academic deficits
  • Feeding disorders
  • Health Informatics
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • System Integrity  
  • Other topics as presented


For further information, please contact:


Jim Luiselli, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director of Clinical Development and Research

Melmark NE



Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Senior Director of Research

Melmark PA