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The faculty and students of the ABA program are actively involved in research! All ABA students have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects with faculty members. This provides valuable learning experiences and the opportunity to present at state and national conferences as well as publish in peer-reviewed journals.


Research Team

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Tonya N. Davis, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Davis is the ABA program director and supervises student research.  Dr. Davis received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Baylor University.  She received a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin.




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Davis, T. N., Dacus, S.*, Strickland, E.*, Copeland, D.*, Chan, J.M., Blenden, K., Osborn, S.*, Scalzo, R.*, Wells, K.*, Christian, K.* (in press). Case report: The effects of a weighted vest on aggressive and self-injurious behavior of a boy with autism. Developmental Neurorehabilitation.

Davis, T. N., O’Reilly, M., Kang, S., Lang, R., Rispoli, M., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., Copeland, D.*, Attai, S.*, & Mulloy, A. (2013). Chelation treatment for autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 49-55.

Davis, T. N., Barnard-Brak, L., Dacus, S.*, & Pond, A.* (2010). Aided AAC systems among individuals with hearing loss and disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 22, 241-256.

Carter, S.*, Davis, T. N., Scalzo, R.*, Coviello, L.*, Clark, C.*, Butler, E.*, Perez, S.*, Kobylecky, A.*, & Stauffer, M.* (2013, May). A systematic review of functional analysis data: Function and topography phenotypes across disabilities in T. Davis (Chair) Identification of Behavioral Phenotypes Across Disabilities. Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts. Minneapolis, MN.

Kobylecky, A.*, Davis, T. N., Butler, E.*, Scalzo, R.*, Clark, C.*, Perez, S.*, Coviello, L.*, & Carter, S.*, Stauffer, M.*, & Robinson, E.  (2013, May). Social stories: Discovering the social validity of a popular treatment in L. Coviello* (Chair) Alternative Treatments Among Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts. Minneapolis.

Scalzo, R.*, Davis, T. N., Stauffer, M.*, Perez, S.*, Butler, E.*, Clark, C.*, Kobylecky, A.*, Coviello, L.*, & Carter, S.*  (2013, May). Animal assisted therapy:  A systematic review in L. Coviello* (Chair) Alternative Treatments Among Autism Spectrum Disorders. Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts. Minneapolis, MN.

Attai, S.*, Davis, T. N., Copeland, D.*, Rispoli, M., O’Reilly, M., Lang, R., & Mulloy, A. (2012, May). The use of chelation to treat autism spectrum disorders: A literature Synthesis. Poster presented at the Annual Conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts. Seattle, WA.

Christian, K.*, Davis, T. N., Dacus, S.*, Stickland, E.*, Blenden, K. *, Weathers, S. *, & Wells, K. * (2012, May). Treatment of self-injurious behaviors utilizing replacement behaviors in T. Davis (Chair) Treatment of Stereotypical and Challenging Behaviors Associated with Developmental Disabilities.  Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts. Seattle, WA.

Coviello, L.*, Davis, T. N., Dacus, S.*, & Stickland, E.* (2012, May).  Treatment of self-injurious behaviors utilizing replacement behaviors in T. Davis (Chair) Treatment of Stereotypical and Challenging Behaviors Associated with Developmental Disabilities. Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts. Seattle, WA.

Walter, M.*, Davis, T. N., Durand, S., Strickland, E. *, Blenden, K., Dacus, S.*, & Hannig, A. C. *, Haupert, M. (2012, May).  Latency functional analysis in T. Davis (Chair) Treatment of Stereotypical and Challenging Behaviors Associated with Developmental Disabilities. Symposium at the Annual Conference for the Association of Behavior Analysts. Seattle, WA.