The Pediatric Behavior Research Lab is dedicated to contributing quality research to the literature of Applied Behavior Analysis. Here, you will find out more about what we are working on in the lab!
Current Projects:
An Examination of Nonremoval of the Meal for Treating Picky Eating
sydney Salgueiro
The aim of the current study is to replicate and extend previous research evaluating nonremoval of the meal to increase consumption of nonpreferred foods and to decrease inappropriate mealtime behavior. Additionally, the current study will evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral skills training on parent implementation of nonremoval of the meal.
Previous Projects:
Evaluating Demand Fading and Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior to Increase Consumption of Table-Textured Food
Melissa Moseman
The current study is evaluating the effectiveness of demand fading and differential reinforcement of alternative behavior to increase consumption of table-textured foods (e.g., meltable solids, such as cheese puffs) in a child diagnosed with ASD, who currently consumes only purees. 
Noncontingent Reinforcement as a Treatment for Inappropriate Mealtime Behavior
Devon Schutt
The purpose of this study is to compare two treatments, nonremoval of the spoon (NRS) and NRS plus noncontingent reinforcement, to determine which is more effective for decreasing inappropriate mealtime behavior. 
Evaluation of a Behavior Contract to Manage Portion Control for an Adolescent with ASD
Gaby Chagolla
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a behavior contract and a self-monitoring procedure to teach portion control during meals to an adolescent diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
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A Preliminary Evaluation of the Predictive Validity of a Compliance Assessment for Identifying Foods to Target in the Treatment of Food Selectivity
Kendall Rankin
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the predictive validity of an assessment tool to identify foods to target when treating food selectivity.
Further Evaluation of Contingency Modeling to Increase Consumption of Nutritive Foods in Children with Autism and Food Selectivity
Jenell flanagan, becky penrod, bryant silbaugh
The current study evaluated the effectiveness of contingency modeling with differential reinforcement of alternative behavior in increasing consumption of nonpreferred foods with three children with food selectivity and autism. 
An Evaluation of Repeated Vocal Prompting
Sean Page
The purpose of this study is to evaluate an alternative prompting strategy in an attempt to increase compliance. Rather than systematically moving to more intrusive prompts (three-step prompting), the proposed study will continue to provide vocal prompts every 5-seconds until compliance occurs. Repeated vocal prompting may increase compliance similar to three-step prompting as the child may respond to avoid contacting the prompting strategy.
The Effectiveness of Contingency Contracting on Increasing Physical Activity Levels
Jessica Juwono
The present study will evaluate the use of voluntary deposit contracting to increase physical activity levels in healthy adults.