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2008 Education Conference

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Invited Paper Session #7
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
The Role of Single Subject Research Design in Establishing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines
Saturday, September 6, 2008
1:45 PM–2:30 PM
Grand Ballroom B
Area: EDC; Domain: Synthesis
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Susan Wilczynski, Ph.D.
SUSAN WILCZYNSKI (National Autism Center)
Dr. Wilczynski is the Executive Director of the National Autism Center. In her role as the Executive Director, she oversees the National Standards Project, updates public policy-makers about evidence-based practice related to educational and behavioral interventions, develops assessment clinics specializing in the evaluation of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, and establishes the parent education and professional training agenda of the National Autism Center. She authored numerous articles on the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prior to her position at the National Autism Center, she developed and directed an intensive early intervention program for children with autism spectrum disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. She has held academic appointments at the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Wilczynski holds a joint appointment with May Institute, where she serves as Vice President of Autism Services. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Wilczynski is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst.
Abstract: Single subject research designs readily lend themselves to educational environments and are widely used to examine the effectiveness of educational interventions. It is unfortunate that they have been so widely ignored in the evidence-based practice movement. This presentation begins with a candid description of the advantages and disadvantages of single subject research design. In addition, the importance of including single subject research design when establishing evidence-based practice guidelines is discussed. The majority of the presentation will involve a description of the methodology used to incorporate single subject research design into the National Standards Report, an unprecedented effort to establish the strength of evidence supporting educational and behavioral interventions for school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Finally, the limitations and possible future modifications of the methods used to incorporate single subject research design in the National Standards Project will be considered.
Target Audience:

Licensed Psychologists and Certified Behavior Analysts

Learning Objectives: N/a



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