2004: Terry Falcomata

University of Iowa 

Terry Falcomata's master’s thesis examined procedures aimed at promoting physical therapy activities and self-control choices with persons with acquired brain injuries. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the European Journal of Behavior Analysis. Terry also served as a collaborating investigator on several research projects focused on child behavior in the areas of training tolerance of delays to reinforcement with children diagnosed with ADHD, stimulus control procedures in the treatment of self-injury with children with autism, and procedures to treat problem behaviors maintained by automatic reinforcement. In close collaboration with University of Iowa faculty members David Wacker, John Northup, and Joel Ringdahl, Terry investigated relations between problem behavior and communication, the effects of stimulant and psychotropic medications on children’s behavior, and the operant mechanisms associated with long-term maintenance of target behaviors. He also studied procedures matching appropriate behavioral treatments not only to behaviors presented by children, but also to those presented by caregivers, with the purpose of identifying variables that may impact caregiver compliance with treatment recommendations.


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