Projects

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:
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. 
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. 
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.
Previous 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.
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.
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.  
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.
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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