Publications and Presentations

Melmark’s senior staff and associates contribute to the research field by conducting training sessions in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and special education for local and national professionals; presenting research posters, papers and symposia at regional and national conferences; and publishing research studies in peer-reviewed research journals.


Books, Articles and Presentations Authored by Melmark Clinicians


  • Boivin, N., Ruane, J., Quigley, S. P., Harper, J., & Weiss, M. J., (In press). Interdisciplinary collaboration training: An example of pre-service training. Behavior Analysis in Practice. DOI: 10.1007/s40617-021-00561-z
  • Gardner, R. M., Bird, F., Maguire, H., & Luiselli, J. K. (2021). Introduction to organizational behavior management in intellectual and developmental disabilities. In Luiselli, J. K., Gardner, R. M., Bird, F. L., & Maguire, H. Organizational behavior management approaches for intellectual and developmental disabilities. Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Gasiewski, K., Weiss, M. J., Leaf, J. B., & Labowitz, J. (2021). Collaboration between behavior analysts and occupational therapists in autism service provision: Bridging the gap. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1-14.
  • Harper, J. (2021). Functional behavior assessment. In Luiselli, Applied behavior analysis treatment of violence and aggression in persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Springer Nature.
  • Hartz, R. M., Butler, B. L., Natale, K. R., Williams, S., and Luiselli, J. K. (2021). Effects of a peer-mediated performance improvement intervention on recording of child well-body checks by educational care providers. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 25, 5-12.
  • Luiselli, J. K., Bird, F., & Wachtel, L. E. (2021). Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for autism spectrum disorder associated with catatonia and self-injury: A clinical review. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 5, 117-125.
  • Parenti, K., Cassidy, K., Duhanyan, K., Weiss, M. J. (2021, Spring). Community living and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Autism Spectrum News.
  • Quigley, S. P., Peterson, S., Frieder, J. E., Peck, K. M., Kennedy-Walker, A., & Chirinos, M. (2021). An Evaluation of Multiple SAFMEDS Procedures. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1-25.



  • Bethune, K. S., & Ayers, A. (2020). The effects of coaching on professionals in related disciplines: Using differential reinforcement in treatment sessions. Education and Treatment of Children, 43(2), 109-122.
  • Bird, F., Wachtel, L. E., Henry, M., Gold, J., Fernandez-Robles, C., Orchanian, S., & Luiselli, J. K. (2020). Treatment and maintenance effects of behavioral intervention n and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in a man with catatonia, life-threatening self-injury, and autism spectrum disorder. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 1-9.
  • Buckley, J., Luiselli, J. K., Harper, J. M., & Shlesinger, A. (2020, April). Teaching students with autism spectrum disorder to tolerate haircutting. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Duhanyan, K., Shlesinger, A., Bird, F., Harper, J. M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2020). Reducing weight and body mass index (BMI) of adolescent students with autism spectrum disorder: Replication and social validation of a residential health and wellness intervention. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 1-8.
  • Gardner, R. M., Maguire, H., Quigley, S. P., & Weiss, M. J. (2020, Summer). Ensuring best outcomes for children with behavioral needs and adults with medical fragility in a congregate care setting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Behavioral Health News.
  • Gianotti, J., Kahl, T., Harper, J. M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2020). Behavioral safety assessment and intervention among residential care providers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 1-10.
  • Labowitz, J. & Haag, M. (2020). Girls and autism: Overcoming the gender gap to ensure best outcomes. Autism Spectrum News, 12(4).
  • Luiselli, J. K., Harper, J. M., Leach, M., Murphy, K. J., & Luke, K. (2020). Behavioral assessment and faded bedtime intervention for delayed sleep-onset in an adult with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 1-9.
  • Mishra, P., Grasso, E., Essien, J., & Luiselli, J. K. (2020). Case demonstration of environmental cuing and brief supervision monitoring as performance management interventions with educational care providers. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 42(1), 37-47.
  • Muench, S., & Weiss, M. J. (2020, September). Supporting siblings is a family affair: Thoughts from an insider to help guide the conversation for best outcomes. Autism Spectrum News. (13)2.



  • Bethune, K. (2019). Equity in education practices: Coaching teachers to implement evidence-based practices with all students. SouthEast Education Network, 21.2(22-24).
  • Carter, L., Harper, J. M., & Luiselli, J. K. (2019). Dental desensitization for students with autism spectrum disorder through graduated exposure, reinforcement, and reinforcement-fading. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 31(2), 161-170.
  • Gardner, R., Bird, F., Maguire, H., Parenti, K., & Weiss, M. J. (Summer 2019). Interview with Melmark’s cross-division leadership team about Melmark’s core commitments. Association for Science in Autism Treatment, 15.4.
  • Haag, M., & Parenti, K. (2019, Spring). Residential care considerations for older adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. Behavioral Health News, 31.
  • Luiselli, J. K. (2019, February). Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities,
  • Quigley, S., Ruane, J., & Dunn, L. (Summer 2019). Addressing the human services workforce crisis through training and professional development. Behavioral Health News, 7(1).
  • Shlesinger, A., Duhanyan, K., Bird, F., Harper, J., & Luiselli, J. K. (2019). Description, implementation integrity, and social validity of a computer-assisted sleep monitoring system among residential care providers of students with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 1-10.
  • Stevenson, B. S., Wood, C. L., & Iannello, A. C. (2019) Effects of function-based crisis intervention on the crisis behavior of students with autism. Education and Treatment of Children, 42, 321-344.
  • Weiss, M. J., & Labowitz, J., (Spring 2019). Communication modality decisions for individuals with ASD. Autism Spectrum News, 1(4).


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