April N. Kisamore

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Associate Professor; Director of Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis; Licensed Behavior Analyst in NY; BCBA Certified Behavior Analyst

Background

April completed her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University in 2013 under the advisement of Dr. Amanda Karsten and her M.A. in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University in 2009 under the advisement of Dr. James Carr. April has worked in the field of behavior analysis over 15 years. She has published and presented her work in several peer-reviewed journals and at local, national, and international conferences. April is currently Chair of the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group, the Awards Chair for Division 25 of APA, on the editorial board for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and has served as a guest reviewer for several journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychological Record, and Education and Treatment of Children.

Education

Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis, Western New England University
M.A. in Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University
B.A. in Psychology, West Virginia University

Teaching

Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Autism Interventions for Children and Adults, Applied Practicum, Behavior Analysis and Learning, Behavior Analysis of Child Development, College Teaching for Behavior Analysts, Ethics, Introduction to ABA, Research Methods in ABA, Survey of Research Methods and Statistics, Functional Behavior Assessment, Philosophy of Behaviorism

Research

April’s principal research interests include strategies for teaching language to individuals with ASD and related disorders, the development of language in neurotypically developing children, acquisition of problem solving strategies (e.g., visual imagining, self-talk) by individuals with ASD and related disorders, parent and staff training, and addressing social needs of adolescents, young adults, and adults with ASD.

Publications

Schnell, L. K., Vladescu, J. C., Kisamore, A. N., DeBar, R. M., & Kahng, S. (2019) Assessment of optimal instructional procedures for learners with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Kisamore, A. N., Schnell, L. K., Taylor-Santa, C., Goodwyn, L. A., Carrow, J. N., & Vladescu, J. C. (in press). Behavior analytic perspectives on teaching complex social behavior to children with autism spectrum disorder. In C. McNeil, L. Quetsch & C. Anderson (Eds.), Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum.

Dass, T. K., Kisamore, A. N., Vladescu, J. C., Reeve, K. F., & Reeve, S. A. (in press). Teaching children with autism spectrum disorder to tact olfactory stimuli. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Vladescu, J. C., Gureghian, D. L., Kisamore, A. N., and Schnell, L. K. (2017). Consultation practices: School-based behavior support. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.), Applied behavior analysis advanced guidebook: A manual for professional practice (pp. 197-226). Cambridge, MA: Elsevier Inc.

Borlase, M. A., Vladescu, J. C., Kisamore, A. N., Reeve, S. A., & Fetzer, J. L. (2017). The analysis of precursors to multiply maintained problem behavior for an individual with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 668-674.

Nottingham, C. L., Vladescu, J. C., Kodak, T., & Kisamore, A. N. (2017). Incorporating multiple secondary targets into learning trials for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 653-661.

Hernandez, P., & Kisamore, A. N. (2017). Gradual weaning and oral care management of prolonged breast-feeding based on family preferences. Journal of the American Dental Association, 148(6), 392-398.

Spiegel, H. J., Kisamore, A. N., Vladescu, J. C., & Karsten, A. M. (2016). The effects of video modeling with voice-over instruction on parent implementation of guided compliance. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 38, 299-317.

Kisamore, A. N., Karsten, A. M., & Mann, C. C. (2016). Evaluating procedures derived from the conditional discrimination literature to teach advanced intraverbals to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 1-22.

Albright, L., Reeve, K. F., Reeve, S. A., & Kisamore, A. N. (2016). Teaching statistical variability with stimulus equivalence-based instruction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 49, 1-12.

Giannakakos, A., Vladescu, J. C., Reeve, S. A., & Kisamore, A. N. (2015). Using video modeling with voiceover instruction plus feedback to train staff to implement a most-to-least direct teaching procedure. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1-9.

Boudreau, B. A., Vladescu, J. C., Kodak, T. M., Argott, P. J., & Kisamore, A. N. (2015). A comparison of differential reinforcement procedures in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 48, 1-6.

Lechago, S. A., Carr, J. E. Kisamore, A. N., & Grow, L. L. (2015). The effects of multiple exemplar instruction on the relation between listener and intraverbal categorization repertoires. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 31, 76-95.

Allan, A. C. Vladescu, J. C., Kisamore, A. N., Reeve, S. A., & Sidener, T. M. (2014). Evaluating the emergence of reverse intraverbals in children with autism. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 31, 59-75.

Kisamore, A. N., Karsten, A. M., Mann, C. C., & Conde, K. A. (2013). Effects of a differential observing response on complex intraverbal performance. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 29, 101-108.

Love, J. R., Carr, J. E., LeBlanc, L. A., & Kisamore, A. N. (2013). Training behavioral research methods to staff in an early and intensive behavioral intervention setting: A program description and preliminary evaluation. Education and Treatment of Children, 36, 139-160.

Grow, L. L., Carr, J. E., Kodak, T. M., Jostad, C. M., & Kisamore, A. N. (2011). A comparison of methods for teaching receptive labeling to children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 475-498.

Kisamore, A. N., Carr, J. E., & LeBlanc, L. A. (2011). Training preschool children to use visual imagining as a problem-solving strategy for complex categorization tasks. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 255-278.

Grow, L. L., Carr, J. E., Gunby, K. V., Charania, S. M., Gonsalves, L., Ktaech, I. A., & Kisamore, A. N. (2009). Deviations from prescribed prompting procedures: Implications for treatment integrity. Journal of Behavioral Education, 18, 142-156.

Kodak, T., Fisher, W. W., Kelley, M. E., Kisamore, A. (2009). Comparing preference assessments: Selection-versus duration-based preference assessment procedures. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30, 1068-1077.

Shillingsburg, M. A., Kelley, M. E., Roane, H. S., Kisamore, A., & Brown, M. R. (2009). Evaluation and training of “Yes/No” responding across verbal operants. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 209-223.