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:
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.
An Evaluation of Differential Reinforcement for Increasing Consumption of Nonpreferred Foods that Vary in Preference
Gaby Chagolla
The purpose of this study is to replicate and extend previous research evaluating a differential reinforcement of alternative intervention to increase the consumption of nonpreferred foods that vary in preference for children diagnosed with autism, who are picky or selective eaters. 
An Examination of Nonremoval of the Meal for Treating Food Selectivity
Melissa Moseman
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.
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.
Previous Projects:
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.  
The Examination of Modeling Positive and Negative Reinforcement Effects on Food Selectivity
JeNell Flanagan
The purpose of this study is to examine a modeling procedure of both positive and negative reinforcement contingencies to increase food consumption while addressing previous limitations within the literature.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Negative Reinforcement Contingency Contracts on Increasing Adults' Physical Activity
David Hernandez
This study will address some limitations on previous contract literature and expand on it by taking step total data in addition to weight as a second measure.

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