My primary research interests lie in the study of gene-behavior relationships in developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID). The overarching goal of my research agenda is to utilize my background in behavior analysis and gene-brain-behavior relations to characterize behavioral phenotypes in ID/DD with greater specificity. Over the next three years, my research will focus on understanding the social phenotype in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and through an analysis of contextual variables and behavioral processes. The goal of this set of studies is to gain a more complete understanding of deficits in social behavior in ASD, which in turn, will guide future research on neurobiological correlates of social behavior.
My clinical interests include reducing problem behaviors such as self-injury and aggression in individuals with ID/DD using a bio-behavioral and skills-building approach. I believe thorough examination of biological and environmental determinants of problem behavior increases the efficacy of treatment for severe problem behavior. It is important that behavioral and pharmacological intervention be applied in a complementary and integrated manner using a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach that involves ongoing assessment.