This is the official website of the Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities special interest group (SIG) of the

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.


The Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities SIG is committed to sharing ideas and recent findings about children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Our SIG focuses on the intersection of behavioral and cognitive therapy traditions. Cognitive-behavioral treatments are relatively new for this population in terms of systematic evaluation. ASD and other developmental disorders affect millions of individuals in the US and elsewhere, many of whom are functioning in the average to superior range of cognitive abilities. The cognitive and language-based aspects of CBT are likely to be accessible and useful to many people with ASD and related disorders, and it is the mission of this SIG to advance efforts to make 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 therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders.

ABCT ASD Sig Co-Chairs

Upcoming Convention

Highlights of previous convention meetings!

2016 – New York City

2015 – Chicago

2014 – Philadelphia

ABCT ASD SIG Award Winners!

ASDD SIG 2016 Awards:
Student Award: Rebecca Elias
Early Career Award: Megan Tudor, PhD
Transformative Contribution Award: Lauren Brookman-Frazee, PhD
ASDD SIG 2015 Awards:
Student Award: Caitlin Conner
Early Career Award: Brenna Maddox, PhD
Transformative Contribution Award: Susan White, PhD
ASDD SIG 2014 Awards:
Student Award: Jenna Mendelson
Early Career Award: Ashley Johnson Harrison, PhD
Transformative Contribution Award: Dave Mandell, ScD