Dr. William J. McIlvane directs a broad research program that addresses a variety of
scientific problems relevant to understanding and perhaps correcting behavior deficits of
persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. One focus of his research addresses
symbolic behaviors involved in communication (speaking, listening, reading, writing,
etc.); adapting behavioral neuroscience methods to further understanding of the brain
processes involved, and developing methods to encourage progressively more rapid learning
of symbolic behaviors. Another focus of Dr. Mcllvane's research program is to
develop valid nonverbal neuropsychological testing methods for use with individuals and
populations that do not understand verbal instructions. Methods developed in this aspect
of his research have been adapted to further understanding of the behavioral profiles
associated with disorders such as autism, depression, and neurotoxicant exposure. In
addition, Dr. Mcllvane's program has a strong research-to-practice emphasis. For
example, methods emerging from laboratory research are being used to teach practical
skills in regular and special education classrooms in both the United States and in
Brasil. 

Articles

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Rapid generation of balanced trial distributions for discrimination learning procedures: A technical note (with Christophe J. Gerard, Harry A. MacKay, and Brooks Thompson), Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior (2013)
 

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Eye-tracking Measures Reveal How Changes in the Design of Aided AAC Displays Influence the Efficiency of Locating Symbols by School-Aged Children without Disabilities (with Krista M. Wilkinson and Tara O'Neill), Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR (2013)
 

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Some Things We Learned from Sidman and Some We Did Not (We Think) (with Joanne B. Kledaras), European journal of behavior analysis (2012)
 

Contributions to Books

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Some Current Dimensions of Translational Behavior Analysis: From Laboratory Research to Intervention for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (with William V. Dube, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, Richard W. Serna, Romariz da Silva Barros, and Olavo F. Galvao), Behavioral Foundations of Effective Autism Treatment (2010)
 

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Behavior-Analytic Experimental Strategies and Motivational Processes in Persons with Mental Retardation (with William V. Dube), Mental Retardation, Personality, and Motivational Systems (2006)
 

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The Search for Relational Learning Capacity in Cebus apella: A Programmed "Educational" Approach (with Romariz S. Barros and Olavo F. Galvao), Visual Information Processing (2003)