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The Florida Autism Center Specialty Clinics

The Florida Autism Center Specialty Clinics, in collaboration with UF Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment and the Behavior Analysis Research Clinic (BARC), is a site for specialty applied behavior analytic (ABA) therapeutic services and will provide short-term intensive therapy. These specialty clinics will provide high-hour therapy for a focused small number of goals such that the individual then can be integrated into, or back into, their community-based school, program, or early-intensive-behavioral intervention (EIBI) clinic, which are designed to provide comprehensive care.

Specialized Early Skill Acquisition Clinic

Our specialized early skill acquisition clinic uses a personalized approach to intervention for children to acquire the skills needed to integrate into a community-based school or early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) clinic.

Specialized Behavioral Assessment and Treatment Clinic

Our specialized behavioral assessment and treatment clinic is for individuals with behavior that is interfering with learning (e.g., aggression, self-injury, pica, disruption, property destruction) and is resistant to treatment or too resource-intensive for community-based services.

Specialized Behavioral Pediatric Feeding Clinic

Our specialized feeding program provides assessment and treatment for children with feeding difficulties who are not eating many different foods, receive most calories from tube feedings or formula by mouth, have mealtime behavior that causes the family stress, have oral-motor-skill deficits, are not eating in an age- or developmentally appropriate way, and are not growing well.

Specialized Social, Community, and Life Skills Clinic

Our specialized social, community, and life skills clinic uses a personalized approach to intervention for individuals interested in improving skills necessary to integrate into the community and social settings, as well as independent living skills for transition to adulthood. Generally, individuals enrolled will be adolescents, or adults.

Meet the Team at the Specialty Clinics

Timothy VollmerTimothy R. Vollmer received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1992. From 1992 until 1996 he was on the psychology faculty at Louisiana State University. From 1996 to 1998 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He returned to the University of Florida in 1998 and is now a Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology. His primary area of research is applied behavior analysis, with emphases in autism, intellectual disabilities, assessment and treatment, reinforcement schedules, and parenting. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters related to behavior analysis. He was the recipient of the 1996 B.F. Skinner New Researcher award from the American Psychological Association (APA). He received another APA award in August 2004, for significant contributions to applied behavior analysis. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from 2014-2016. He is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABAI), and he received the ABAI mentoring award in 2017.

Kerri PetersKerri P. Peters is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychology at UF and Behavior Analyst at UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment. She received her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2007 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from UF in 2013. Dr. Peters is the Clinical and Research Director of the UF Behavior Analysis Research Clinic and her primary area of research is Applied Behavioral Analysis, with emphases in the areas of autism spectrum disorders. She has conducted research on quality of care and consultation in clinical settings, behavioral assessment, and treatment, feeding disorders, positive parenting, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Dr. Peters was the recipient of the Henry C. and Audrey S. Schumacher Fellowship demonstrating outstanding scientific promise. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Behavioral Development, and on the Florida Association for Behavioral Analysis Executive Committee in the role of Secretary.

Ciobha McKeownCiobha A. McKeown is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida. She received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Northridge and her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. During her doctoral training, she provided clinical supervision for in-clinic, telehealth, social skill group, and school-based behavior analytic services. The primary population of individuals she served was early learners diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Her research is focused in improving the quality of care of young children with and without disabilities. This includes investigating procedures that promote generative language, establish, and maintain prosocial behavior, and foster skills essential to the prevention of the development of problem behavior. Dr. McKeown was the 2018 recipient of the Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Grant to support her research in better understanding child behavioral development.

Faris KronfliFaris R. Kronfli is the program coordinator for the Behavior Analysis Research Clinic’s Transition to Adulthood and School-Based Consultation programs. He received his master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2014 and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida (UF) in 2019. His research has included the assessment and treatment of problem behavior among at-risk youth and individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and more recently, the assessment and treatment of social skill deficits among individuals diagnosed with ASD. While at UF, Dr. Kronfli helped establish a social skills clinic for adolescents and adults on the spectrum and has continued to focus on the development of programs to support these individuals as they transition to adulthood. Dr. Kronfli was the recipient of the B.F. Skinner Foundation Florida Graduate Student Research Award in 2018 and the Christopher Rubow Memorial Award in 2019.

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