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.

Habayeb, S., Al-Harahsheh, S., Ratto, A., Verbalis, A., Pugliese, C., Nadwodny, N., Al-Meer, F., & El-Akoum, M. (2022). Meeting the needs of autistic adults in Qatar: Stakeholder perspectives on gaps in services and priorities for future programming. Autism26(1), 88–100.  https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211020623

Kenworthy, L., Verbalis, A., Bascom, J., daVanport, S., Strang, J. F., Pugliese, C., Freeman, A., Jeppsen, C., Armour, A. C., Jost, G., Hardy, K., & Wallace, G. L. (2022). Adding the missing voice: How self-report of autistic youth self-report on an executive functioning rating scale compares to parent report and that of youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or neurotypical development. Autism26(2), 422–433.  https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211029117

Rothschild, L. B., Ratto, A. B., Kenworthy, L., Hardy, K. K., Verbalis, A., Pugliese, C., Strang, J. F., Safer-Lichtenstein, J., Anthony, B. J., Anthony, L. G., Guter, M. M., & Haaga, D. (2022). Parents matter: Parent acceptance of school-based executive functions interventions relates to improved child outcomes. Journal of Clinical Psychology78, 1388-1406. doi:10.1002/jclp.23309. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23309

Strang, J.F., Chen, D., Nelson, E., Leibowitz, S.F., Nahata, L., Anthony, L., Song, A., Grannis, C., Graham, E., Henise, S., Vilain, E., Sadikova, E., Freeman, A., Pugliese, C.E., Khawaja, A., Maisashvilia, T., Mancillas, M., & Kenworthy, L. (2021). Transgender youth executive functioning: Relationships with anxiety symptoms, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and gender-affirming medical treatment status. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 1-14.  

Tomaszewski, B., Klinger, L. G., & Pugliese, C. E. (2021). Self-determination in Autistic transition-aged youth without Intellectual Disability. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-021-05280-6. Advance online publication.  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-021-05280-6

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

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

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.

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