Christina Simmons

  • 30 Citations
  • 4 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 2014 2019

  • 30 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 9 Article

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

Clark, S. B., Call, N. A., Simmons, C., Scheithauer, M. C., Muething, C. S. & Parks, N., Jan 1 2019, In : Behavior Modification.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Leisure Activities

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

Evidence-Based Practice
Decision Making
Professional Education
Autism Spectrum Disorder
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

Referral and Consultation
3 Citations (Scopus)

Minimizing resurgence of destructive behavior using behavioral momentum theory

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Fuhrman, A. M., Saini, V. & Simmons, C. A., Sep 1 2018, In : Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 51, 4, p. 831-853 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Reinforcement Schedule
functional analysis
Communication Training
2 Citations (Scopus)

Clinical outcomes of behavioral treatments for elopement in individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities

Call, N. A., Alvarez, J. P., Simmons, C., Lomas Mevers, J. E. & Scheithauer, M. C., Apr 1 2017, In : Autism. 21, 3, p. 375-379 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Developmental Disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorder