Dr. Brodhead will be giving an invited TEDx presentation on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00pm.  The title of the talk is "Science or Snake Oil: The Story of Facilitated Communication."

The talk will be located in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center, Purdue University.  The event is free and open to the public, and will also feature other TEDx talks on autism treatment.

Community Engagement

Dr. Brodhead has recently joined the advisory board of the Indiana Behavior Analysis Academy (IBAA) in Kokomo, Indiana.  Dr. Brodhead will work closely with Lisa Steward (owner and director of IBAA) and Dr. Cathy Pratt (advisory board member and Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University) to help improve outcomes for children with autism.  Click here to learn more about IBAA.

Dr. Brodhead at ABAi 2015

Dr. Brodhead will be presenting research on response variability at the 41st Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in San Antonio, TX.  If you're at the conference, please consider attending the following event:

# 22 Symposium
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Grand Ballroom C1 (CC)

AUT/DDA; Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Joseph D. Dracobly, Ph.D.
Recent Advances in the Production and Maintenance of Response Variability
Chair: Joseph D. Dracobly (Eastern Connecticut State University)
Abstract: Response variability involves systematic changes in a dimension of a response from instance to instance and is important in various complex behaviors such as creativity, problem solving, communication, and the treatment of stereotyped behavior (see Lee, Sturmey, & Fields, 2007 for a review). The current symposium involve four presentations regarding recent advances in the production and maintenance of response variability. Methods and results will be discussed involving the prevalence of response variability in young children with and without intellectual and development disabilities. Three studies involve determining the influence of lag reinforcement schedules for increasing variability in responding. Of these three studies, two studies compare the effects of smaller and larger lag schedules for the production in response variability. Finally, two studies discuss the methods and procedures to promote and maintenance and stimulus control of both repetitive and variation in responding. Discussion regarding the implications and limitations of the procedures and results, as well as suggestions for future research will be included.
Discussant: Allen Neuringer (Reed College)

Recent Awards

Dr. Brodhead has recently been awarded the following grants to conduct behavioral research:

1) Clifford B. Kinley Trust Foundation grant ($20,000) to conduct research on improving communication between children with autism and their distant family members.

2) Gadamski Foundation - Collaborative Autism Research Grant ($6,000) to conduct research on sleep behaviors and daytime functioning of children with autism receiving applied behavior analysts treatment.  Co-PI: Dr. A.J. Schwichtenberg

3) Gadamski Foundation - Collaborative Autism Research Grant ($4,500) to conduct research on preference for animal assisted interventions for children with autism. Co-PI: Dr. Marguerite O'Haire

Purdue Autism Cluster Symposium

Dr. Brodhead will be presenting at the upcoming Purdue Autism Cluster (PAC) Symposium. The symposium will take place on February 17th from 5-8pm in room 1001 of Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering in West Lafayette, Indiana. Additional members of the PAC will also present research, ranging from early - identification to social skill development. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Additional details will be provided at a later date. 

Dr. Brodhead receives funding from Purdue College of Education

Dr. Brodhead and Dr. Marguerite O'Haire have secured $25,000 in seed funding to conduct research on preference for animal-assisted interventions for children with autism.  This funding was provided the Purdue College of Education's Launch the Future grant competition.  Click here to learn more about the Launch the Future seed grant program.