Christina Simmons

  • 60 Citations
  • 6 h-Index

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Research interests

Research Expertise: 
Severe Behavior | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Behavior Analysis

My research focuses on promoting socially valid outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities who engage in severe behavior. Toward that goal, I am exploring how to best facilitate caregiver involvement in the assessment, treatment, and maintenance of treatment effects through research comprising three areas: (a) refinements to the assessment of problem behavior, (b) parent and teacher training in behavioral interventions, and (c) implementation of evidence-based practice across settings. I have contributed to the development of novel indirect and direct assessment measures to identify tasks that evoke problem behavior and am currently evaluating caregivers’ accuracy at demand identification and evaluating alternative instructional methods that do not rely on physical guidance.

Honors and Awards: 
2016 Certificate in Interdisciplinary Care in Developmental Disabilities, Munroe-Meyer Institute
2012 Del Jones Memorial Award, University of Georgia
2010 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain

Member of:
Association for Behavior Analysis International ( 
International Society for Autism Research (
National Association of School Psychologists (

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Research Output

  • 60 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 11 Article

Delay Discounting by College Undergraduates of Hypothetical Intervention Effects for Challenging Behavior

Scheithauer, M. C., Call, N. A., Simmons, C. A., Gillespie, S. E., Bourret, J., Lloveras, L. A. & Lanphear, J. E., Mar 1 2020, In : Psychological Record. 70, 1, p. 65-73 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effects of Magnitude on the Displacement of Leisure Items by Edible Items During Preference Assessments

    Clark, S. B., Call, N. A., Simmons, C. A., Scheithauer, M. C., Muething, C. S. & Parks, N., Sep 1 2020, In : Behavior Modification. 44, 5, p. 727-745 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Use of a paired-stimulus demand analysis to evaluate demands for inclusion in functional analyses

    Zangrillo, A. N., Simmons, C. A., Fisher, W. W. & Owen, T. M., Apr 1 2020, In : Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 53, 2, p. 665-677 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Homeschool Decision-Making and Evidence-Based Practice for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Simmons, C. & Campbell, J. M., Jun 15 2019, In : Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 31, 3, p. 329-346 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    A Systematic Review of Part C Early Identification Studies

    Barger, B., Rice, C., Simmons, C. A. & Wolf, R., May 1 2018, In : Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. 38, 1, p. 4-16 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Scopus citations