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The Autism Section of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies web site presents a scientific view of the causes of Autism and the Applied Behavior Analysis approach to its treatment.


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The contents of the Autism Section of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies Site is edited by a panel of behavior analysts who have been selected because they represent a diversity of views and programs and are experienced in the area of autism and pervasive developmental disability. As of March 2011, the content expert group includes:


William Ahearn. Ph.D.
New England Center for Children


Stephen R. Anderson, Ph.D.
Summit Educational Resources


Jay Birnbrauer, Ph.D.
Murdoch University


Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
Pyramid Educational Consultants


Gina Green, Ph.D.
Association for Professional Behavior Analysts


Mickey Keenan, D.Phil.
School of Psychology, University of Ulster, Coleraine


Patricia J. Krantz, Ph.D.
Princeton Child Development Institute


Eric V. Larsson, Ph.D.
The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention - Midwest Headquarters


James A. Mulick, Ph.D.
Ohio State University


Tristram Smith, Ph.D., Chair
University of Rochester


Bridget A. Taylor, Psy.D.
Alpine Learning Group, Inc.


CONTACT ADDRESS FOR COMMENTS, QUESTIONS AND SUBMISSIONS: Tristram Smith, Ph.D., Email: Tristram_Smith@URMC.Rochester.edu

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