Functional Communication Training - Research Foundations

These training materials were created for the Autism Center of Excellence at Western Michigan University.

Wayne FisherExpert: Dr. Wayne Fisher, BCBA-D, is the H.B. Munroe Professor of Behavioral Research in the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is also the director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a board-certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level and a licensed psychologist. He was previously a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and served as executive director of the Neurobehavioral Programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Marcus Behavior Center at the Marcus Institute, where he built clinical-research programs in autism and developmental disabilities with national reputations for excellence.

Fisher’s methodologically sophisticated research has focused on several intersecting lines, including preference, choice, and the assessment and treatment of autism and severe behavior disorders. It has been notable for the creative use of concurrent schedules of reinforcement, which have become more commonplace in clinical research primarily as a result of his influence. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed research studies in 28 different behavioral and medical journals, including: the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychological Reports, American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Pediatrics, the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and The Lancet. Fisher is a past editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, a past president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, a fellow in the Association for Behavior Analysis, and recipient of the Bush Leadership Award, the APA (Division 25) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research, and the UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award.

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