The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT) Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities (ASDD) SIG is committed to highlighting recent findings about children and adults with autism spectrum and related developmental disorders as well as connecting colleagues with shared interests in our field. Our SIG focuses on the intersection of behavioral and cognitive therapy traditions. ASD and other developmental disorders affect millions of individuals in the US and elsewhere. It is the mission of the ASDD SIG to advance efforts to make behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatments relevant and accessible to affected individuals. The SIG provides a forum for dissemination of relevant basic and clinical research findings, including descriptive outcome studies, the effects of comorbidity, and studies of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders.


Check out these recent publications by members of the ASDD SIG! If you have recent work you would like featured here, please get in touch with us here.

Black, M., Mahdi, S., Milbourn, B., Scott, M., Gerber, A.H., Esposito, C.M., Falkmer, M., Lerner, M.D., Halladay, A., Strom, E., D’Angelo, A., Falkmer, Bolte, S., Girdler, S. (in press). Multi-informant international perspectives on the facilitators and barriers to employment for autistic adults. Autism Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2288

Granieri, J.E., McNair, M.L., Gerber, A.H., Reifler, R., Lerner, M.D. (in press). Atypical social communication is associated with positive initial impressions among peers with autism spectrum disorder. Autism.

Grzadzinski, R., Janvier, D., & Kim, S.H. (in press). New instruments for measuring treatment outcomes in autism spectrum disorder. Special Issue on Autism in Seminars in Pediatric Neurology.

Michelle C. Hunsche and Connor M. Kerns (2019). Update on the effectiveness of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with ASD. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic: Vol. 83, Special Issue: Evidence-Based Treatment and Conceptualization of Autism Spectrum Disorder, pp. 326-352. https://doi.org/10.1521/bumc.2019.83.3.326

Hunsche, M. C., Saqui, S., Mirenda, P., Zaidman-Zait, A., Bennett, T., Duku, E., … & Ungar, W. J. (2020). Parent-reported rates and clinical correlates of suicidality in children with autism spectrum disorder: a longitudinal study. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04373-y

Jager-Hyman, S., Maddox, B. B., Crabbe, S. R., & Mandell, D. S. (2020). Mental health clinicians’ screening and intervention practices to reduce suicide risk in autistic adolescents and adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Special Issue on Suicidality and Self-Harm in Autism Spectrum Disorders). Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04441-3

Kang, E., Gioia, A., Pugliese, C. E., Islam, N. Y., Martinez-Pedraza, F. D. L., Girard, R. M., … & Lerner, M. D. (2020). Alliance-Outcome Associations in a Community-Based Social Skills Intervention for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavior Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2020.04.006

Kang, E., Lerner, M.D., Gadow, K.D. (in press). Atypical communication characteristics among clinic-referred youth with and without autism spectrum disorder: stability and Associations with Clinical Correlates. Development & Psychopathology.

Kang, E., Santore, L.A., Rankin, J.A., & Lerner, M.D. (in press). Self-reported social skills importance ratings, not social skills themselves, predict sociometric status in youth with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2020.101552

Keifer, C.M., Mikami, A.Y., Morris, J.P., Libsack, E.J., & Lerner, M.D. (in press). Prediction of social behavior in autism spectrum disorders: explicit versus implicit social cognition. Autism.

Kerns, C. M., Berkowitz, S. J., Moskowitz, L. J., Drahota, A., Lerner, M. D., Usual Care for Autism Study (UCAS) Consortium, & Newschaffer, C. J. (2020). Screening and treatment of trauma-related symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorder among community providers in the United States. Autism24(2), 515-525. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361319847908

Kerns, C. M., Winder-Patel, B., Iosif, A. M., Nordahl, C. W., Heath, B., Solomon, M., & Amaral, D. G. (2020). Clinically Significant Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Varied Intellectual Functioning. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2019.1703712

Maddox, B. B., Lecavalier, L., Miller, J. S., Pritchett, J., Hollway, J., White, S. W., Gillespie, S., Evans, A. N., Schultz, R. T., Herrington, J. D., Bearss, K., & Scahill, L. (accepted). Reliability and validity of the Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale modified for autism spectrum disorder. Autism.

Morton, H. E., Bottini, S. B., Pugliesi, D., Romanczyk, R. G., & Gillis, J. M. (2019). Was that bullying? A mixed-methods examination of layperson views in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Contemporary School Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40688-019-00265-w

Mapes, A. R.,Quetsch, L. B., &Booker, H. (2020). A review of diagnostic instruments for children on the autism spectrum: Methodological and gender considerations. Handbook on Child and Adolescent Behavior and HealthNew York: Nova Publishers.

Parisi, K., Mapes, A. R., & Quetsch, L. B. (2020). Social interactions for children on the autism spectrum: An exploration of parent, sibling, peer, and adult relationships. Child Interaction: Perspectives, Activities and Outcomes. New York: Nova Publishers.

Rodriguez-Seijas, C., Gadow, K. D., Rosen, T.E., Kim, H., Lerner, M.D., Eaton, N. R. (in press). A transdiagnostic model of psychiatric symptom co-occurrence and autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2228

Santore, L. A., Gerber, A., Gioia, A., Bianchi, R., Talledo, F., Peris, T. S., & Lerner, M. D. (in press). Felt but not seen: Observed restricted repetitive behaviors are associated with self-report – but not parent-report – OCD symptoms in youth with ASD. Autism. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320909177

Smith, I.C.,& White, S.W. (2020). Socio-Emotional Determinants of Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review. Autism. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361320908101

Vibert, B., Dufek, S., Klein, C., Choi, Y.B., Winter, J., Lord, C., & Kim, S.H. (in press). Quantifying caregiver change across early autism interventions using the Measure of NDBI Strategy Implementation – Caregiver Change (MONSI-CC). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04342-0

Wood, J. J., Kendall, P. C., Wood, K. S., Kerns, C. M., Seltzer, M., Small, B. J., … & Storch, E. A. (2019). Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA psychiatry. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.4160