Publications

The Research Center at Children’s Specialized Hospital strives to advance pediatric rehabilitation by initiating and supporting evidence-based studies that explore innovative interventions, technologies and approaches to specialized care for children and adolescents. Our research focuses on autism, brain injury, chronic health conditions, cognition, and mobility. Read below to explore our research publications. For publications from 1988-2020, click here.

2024 Publications

Andersen, A. S., Crowley-Zalaket, J. G., Engler, C. W., Zeleny, J. R., Peterson, K. M., Miles, A. G., & Piazza, C. C. (2024). Long-term outcomes after behavior-analytic intervention for pediatric feeding disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 1-16.

Angley, S. M., Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Elwasli, O. M., & Fisher, W. W. (2024). A demonstration of incorporating discriminative stimuli into an AAC device during functional communication training. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 1-9.

Auten, E. M., Van Camp, C., & Ferguson, A. B. (2024). A review of the concurrent-chains arrangement to assess intervention choice: 2018-2023. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 57(2), 319-330.

Chen, Y. L., Marchetta, C. M., Jimenez, S., Bartalotta, A., O’Neill, J., & Botticello, A. L. (2024). Experiences of patients, parents, and healthcare professionals in the process of transitioning from hospital to community after inpatient pediatric rehabilitation among children with special health care needs. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-11.

Greer, B. D., Shahan, T. A., Irwin Helvey, C., Fisher, W. W., Mitteer, D. R., & Fuhrman, A. M. (2024). Resurgence of destructive behavior following decreases in alternative reinforcement: A prospective analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1-16.

Jacobson, J. O., Rompelman, G., Chen, A., Morrison-Ma, S., Murray, L., Ferzoco, M., Bunnell, C., Wagner, A. J., Roberts, D., Chan, J., Block, C., & Rubinson, D. (2024). Design and implementation of an opt-out, end-to-end, preemptive DPYD testing program for patients planned for a systemic fluoropyrimidine. JCO Oncology Practice, OP-23.

Jimenez, M. E., Uthirasamy, N., Hemler, J. R., Bator, A., Malke, K., Lima, D., Ohman Strickland, P., Ramachandran, U., Carbtree, B. F., Hudson, S. V., Mackie, T. I., & Mendelsohn, A. L. (2024). Maximizing the impact of Reach Out And Read literacy promotion: Anticipatory guidance and modeling. Pediatric Research, 1-5.

Norris, H. M., & Greer, B. D. (2024). Relative preference for distinct reinforcers maintaining destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 57(2), 358-371.

Shahan, T. A., Sutton, G. M., Van Allsburg, J., Avellaneda, M., & Greer, B. D. (2024). Resurgence following higher or lower quality alternative reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 121(2), 246-258.

Weitlauf, A. S., Foster, T., Slaughter, J. C., Fleck, M., Harris, J., Coffield, C., Simcoe, K., Baggett, J., Stainbrook, A., & Warren, Z. E. (2024). Screening options in autism telediagnosis: Examination of TAP, M-CHAT-R, and DCI concordance and predictive value in a telediagnostic model. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-11.

Zanzoul, S., Strickland, P. O., Mendelsohn, A. L., Malke, K., Bator, A., Hemler, J., & Jimenez, M. E. (2024). Stress and infant media exposure during COVID-19: A study among Latino families. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 45(1), e14-e20.


2023 Publications

Botticello, A. L., Chen, Y. L., Smith, M. G., Chung, A. F., Marchetta, C. M., McMahon, M., Van Orden, K., Sulter, A., Weinstein, L., Zalewitz, J., & O'Neill, J. (2023). Transfer timing and the length of medication weaning for Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. Hospital Pediatrics, 13(6), 499-507.

Casseus, M., Cheng, J., & Cooney, J. M. (2023). Volunteering among youth with disabilities: A population-based study. Disability and Rehabilitation, 45(1), 65-71.

Choi, Y., Uthirasamy, N., Córdoba, D., Morrow, L. M., Perez-Cortes, S., Ramachandran, U., Shilpa, P., Lima, D., Shelton, P., & Jimenez, M. E. (2023). Feasibility and acceptability of an online family literacy program in an under-resourced community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 44(2), e104-e110.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., & Mitteer, D. R. (2023). Additional comments on the use of contingent electric skin shock. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 46(2), 339-348.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Shahan, T. A., & Norris, H. M. (2023). Basic and applied research on extinction bursts. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 56(1), 4-28.

Greer, B. D., Shahan, T. A., Fisher, W. W., Mitteer, D. R., & Fuhrman, A. M. (2023). Further evaluation of treatment duration on the resurgence of destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 56(1), 166-180.

Haney, S. D., Ibañez, V. F., Kirkwood, C. A., & Piazza, C. C. (2023). An evaluation of negative reinforcement to increase self-feeding and self-drinking for children with feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 56(4), 757-776.

Helvey, C. I., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Fuhrman, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (2023). Resurgence of destructive behavior following differential rates of alternative reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 56(4), 804-815.

Higgins, W. J., Fisher, W. W., Hoppe, A. L., & Velasquez, L. (2023). Evaluation of a telehealth training package to remotely teach caregivers to conduct discrete-trial instruction. Behavior Modification, 47(2), 380-401.

Karunakaran, K. K., Pamula, S. D., Bach, C. P., Legelen, E., Saleh, S., & Nolan, K. J. (2023). Lower extremity robotic exoskeleton devices for overground ambulation recovery in acquired brain injury—A review. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 17, 1014616.

Kimball, R. T., Greer, B. D., Fuhrman, A. M., & Lambert, J. M. (2023). Relapse and its mitigation: Toward behavioral inoculation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 56(2), 282-301.

Lee, C. M., Green Snyder, L., Carpenter, L. A., Harris, J., Kanne, S., Taylor, C. M., Sarver, D.E., Stephenson, K.G., Shulman, L.H., Wodka, E.L., Esler, A., & SPARK Consortium. (2023). Agreement of parent-reported cognitive level with standardized measures among children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 16(6).

Martin, R. J., Crowley-Zalaket, J., Gould, K., Weddle, S., & Anderson, C. M. (2023). Behavioral parent training via telehealth for autistic children: Further exploration of feasibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 1-14.

McCabe, L. H., & Greer, B. D. (2023). Evaluations of heart rate during functional analyses of destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 56(4), 777-786.

Oliveira, N., Park, J., & Barrance, P. (2023). Using inertial measurement unit sensor single axis rotation angles for knee and hip flexion angle calculations during gait. IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health Medicine, 11, 80-86.

Palatucci, J. S., Chakravarty, S., Kratchman, A. L., Harris, J., Pizzi, L. T., Coffield, C. N., Ibitamuno, G., & Spitalnik, D. M. (2023). Commentary: Determining economic factors that matter to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers: A process framework. Medical Care, 61(12 Suppl 2), S104-s108.

Phipps, L. E., Haney, S. D., Zeleny, J., Andersen, A. S., Peterson, K. M., & Orloski, S. (2023). Using behavior-analytic treatment to teach tongue lateralization skills to children with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 22(1), 3-17.

Seth, M., Horne, J. R., Pohlig, R. T., & Sions, J. M. (2023). Pain, balance-confidence, functional mobility, and reach are associated with risk of recurrent falls among adults with lower-limb amputation. Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translations, 5(4), 100309.

Sivori, T. T., Capron, M., Graves, D., Harris, J., & Schaaf, R. C. (2023). Caregivers' views on cannabis use for their children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 102, 102130.

Smith, S. W., & Greer, B. D. (2023). Translational evaluation of on/off alternative reinforcement cycling. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 120(3), 429-439.

Stauffer, S. J., Seth, M., Pohlig, R. T., Beisheim-Ryan, E. H., Horne, J. R., Smith, S. C., Sarlo, F. B., & Sions, J. M. (2023). Risk factors for underreporting of life-limiting comorbidity among adults with lower-limb loss. INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 60, 469580231205083.

Uthirasamy, N., Reddy, M., Hemler, J. R., Devine, K. A., Cordoba, D., Pai, S., Ramachandran, U., Mackie, T.I., & Jimenez, M. E. (2023). Reach Out and Read implementation: A scoping review. Academic Pediatrics, 23(3), 520-549.


2022 Publications

Andersen, A. S., Hansen, B. A., & Peterson, K. M. (2022). An evaluation of trial-based functional analyses of inappropriate mealtime behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(1), 264-289.

Anyigbo, C., Jimenez, M. E., & Sosnowski, D. W. (2022). Association between Adverse Childhood Experiences at age 5 years and healthcare utilization at age 9 years. The Journal of Pediatrics, 246, 227-234.

Barrett, E. S., Andrews, T. R., Roy, J., Greenberg, P., Ferrante, J. M., Horton, D. B., ... & Hudson, S. V. (2022). Community- versus health care organization-based approaches to expanding at-home COVID-19 testing in Black and Latino communities, New Jersey, 2021. American Journal of Public Health, 112(S9), S918-S922.

Briggs, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (2022). Updated strategies for making regular contact with the scholarly literature. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 1-12.

Casseus, M. (2022). Prevalence of co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder among children in the United States. Autism, 26(6), 1591-1597.

Casseus, M., & Cheng, J. (2022). Variations in healthcare transition preparation among youth with chronic conditions. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 62(5), e275-e283.

Casseus, M., Graber, J. M., West, B., & Wackowski, O. (2022). Tobacco use disparities and disability among US college students. Journal of American College Health, 70(7), 2079-2084.

Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., & Fuhrman, A. M. (2022). Translating quantitative theories of behavior into improved clinical treatments for problem behavior. Behavioural Processes, 198, 104639.

Fuhrman, A. M., Lambert, J. M., & Greer, B. D. (2022). A brief review of expanded-operant treatments for mitigating resurgence. The Psychological Record, 1-5.

Greer, B. D., Fisher, W. W., Fuhrman, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (2022). Conducting translational research in the context of patient care. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 45(2), 383-398.

Guerrero, L. A., Engler, C. W., Hansen, B. A., & Piazza, C. C. (2022). On the validity of interpreting functional analyses of inappropriate mealtime behavior using structured criteria. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(4), 1280-1293.

Haney, S. D., Greer, B. D., Mitteer, D. R., & Randall, K. R. (2022). Relapse during the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(3), 704-726.

Hunt, A. M., Uthirasamy, N., Porter, S., & Jimenez, M. E. (2022). Parental depression screening in pediatric health care settings: A scoping review. Pediatrics, 150(1), e2021055804.

James, C., Corman, H., Noonan, K., Reichman, N. E., & Jimenez, M. E. (2022). Adolescent chronic health conditions and school disconnectedness. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 43(2), 87-95.

Jimenez, M. E., Hemler, J. R., Uthirasamy, N., Bator, A., Forbes, D. H., Lucas, M., Ramachandran, U., Crabtree, B.F., & Mackie, T. I. (2022). A mixed-methods investigation examining site-level variation in Reach Out and Read implementation. Academic Pediatrics, 23(5), 913-921.

Kranak, M. P., & Mitteer, D. R. (2022). A concise review of recent advancements in the graphical training of behavior analysts. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(4), 1349-1354.

Lequerica, A. H., Shoval, H. A., Yalamanchi, K., Lengenfelder, J., Marchetta, C., Ace, J., & DeLuca, J. (2022). Examining the use of a rest-activity ratio in a pediatric rehabilitation setting. Archives of Physical Meditation and Rehabilitation, 103(9), 1766-1770.

Miller, S. A., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Saini, V., & Keevy, M. D. (2022). Procedures for determining and then modifying the extinction component of multiple schedules for destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(2), 463-480.

Mitteer, D. R., & Greer, B. D. (2022). Erratum: Publisher correction to: Using GraphPad Prism's heat maps for efficient, fine-grained analyses of single-case data. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 15(2), 515.

Mitteer, D. R., & Greer, B. D. (2022). Using GraphPad Prism's heat maps for efficient, fine-grained analyses of single-case data. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 15(2), 505-514.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., & Haney, S. D. (2022). On the scope and characteristics of relapse when treating severe destructive behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(3), 688-703.

Oliveira, N., & Barrance, P. (2022). Differences between adults and adolescents in responding to hip and knee pattern feedback during gait. Human Movement Science, 81, 102915.

Phipps, L. E., Peterson, K. M., & Piazza, C. C. (2022). Indices of happiness and unhappiness during treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Behavioral Interventions, 37(3), 568-593.

Reyes, F. I., Shoval, H. A., Tenaglia, A., & Kim, H. (2022). Ultrasound-guided onabotulinumtoxinA injections to treat oromandibular dystonia in cerebral palsy. Toxins, 14(3).

Rivera-Núñez, Z., Jimenez, M. E., Crabtree, B. F., Hill, D., Pellerano, M. B., Devance, D., Myneka, M., Lima, D., Gordon, M., Sullivan, B., Rosati, R. J., Ferrante, J. M., Barrett, E. S., Blaser, M. J., Panettieri, R. A., & Hudson, S. V. (2022). Experiences of Black and Latinx health care workers in support roles during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. PLoS One, 17(1), e0262606.

Smith, S. W., & Greer, B. D. (2022). Phase duration and resurgence. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 117(1), 91-104.

Smith, S. W., & Greer, B. D. (2022). Validating human-operant software: A case example. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 22(4), 389-403.

Sunde, E., Briggs, A. M., & Mitteer, D. R. (2022). Reliability and validity of using structured visual-inspection criteria to interpret latency-based functional analysis outcomes. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(3), 871-890.

Unachukwu, I., Jimenez, M., Harris, J., Spitalnik, D. M., & Coffield, C. (2022). From initial concerns through ASD diagnosis and beyond: Latino families’ perspectives and experiences. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 61(10), S238.


2021 Publications

Casseus, M., & Cheng, J. (2021). Children with cerebral palsy and unmet need for care coordination. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 42(8), 605-612.

Coffield, C. N., Spitalnik, D. M., Harris, J. F., & Jimenez, M. E. (2021). Exploring the experiences of families of Latino children newly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 42(9), 711-716.

Fuhrman, A. M., Fisher, W. W., Greer, B. D., Shahan, T. A., & Craig, A. R. (2021). Resurgence following traditional and interdependent differential reinforcement of alternative behavior. Behavioral Development, 26(1), 29–42.

Genova, H. M., Lancaster, K., Morecraft, J., Haas, M., Edwards, A., DiBenedetto, M., Krch, D., DeLuca, J., & Smith, M. J. (2021). A pilot RCT of virtual reality job interview training in transition-age youth on the autism spectrum. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 89, 101878.

Gilbert, C., Sauer, M., & Cheng, J. (2021). Reduction of self-mutilating behavior and improved oromotor function in a patient with Lesch-Nyhan syndrome following botulinum toxin injection: A case report. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 14(1), 133-136.

Goss, M., Afghani, B., Piazza, C. C., Sabapathy, T., Key, T., Keating, S., & Nyp, S. S. (2021). Navigating medical care for a young adult with developmental disability. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 42(3), 245-248.

Guevara, J. P., Erkoboni, D., Gerdes, M., Winston, S., Sands, D., Rogers, K., Haecker, R., Jimenez, M. E., & Mendelsohn, A. L. (2021). Promoting early literacy using digital devices: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Academic Pediatrics, 21(6), 1001-1008.

Harris, J. F., Coffield, C. N., Janvier, Y. M., Mandell, D., & Cidav, Z. (2021). Validation of the Developmental Check-In Tool for low-literacy autism screening. Pediatrics, 147(1).

Harris, J. F., Gorman, L. P., Doshi, A., Swope, S., & Page, S. D. (2021). Development and implementation of health care transition resources for youth with autism spectrum disorders within a primary care medical home. Autism, 25(3), 753-766.

James, C., Jimenez, M. E., Wade, R., Jr., & Nepomnyaschy, L. (2021). Adverse Childhood Experiences and teen behavior outcomes: the role of disability. Academic Pediatrics, 21(8), 1395-1403.

Jarmolowicz, D. P., Greer, B. D., Killeen, P. R., & Huskinson, S. L. (2021). Applied quantitative analysis of behavior: What it is, and why we care—introduction to the special section. Perspectives on Behavioral Science, 44(4), 503-516.

Jimenez, M. E., Crabtree, B. F., Hudson, S. V., Mendelsohn, A. L., Lima, D., Shelton, P. A., Veras, J., Lin, Y., Pellerano, M., Morrow, L., & Strom, B. L. (2021). Enhancing Reach Out and Read with a video and text messages: A randomized trial in a low-income predominantly Latino sample. Academic Pediatrics, 21(6), 968-976.

Jimenez, M. E., Rivera-Núñez, Z., Crabtree, B. F., Hill, D., Pellerano, M. B., Devance, D., Macenat, M., Lima, D., Martinez Alcaraz, E., Ferrante, J. M., Barrett, E. S., Blaser, M. J., Panettieri, R. A., & Hudson, S. V. (2021). Black and Latinx community perspectives on COVID-19 mitigation behaviors, testing, and vaccines. JAMA Network Open, 4(7), e2117074-e2117074.

Karpova, N., Zhang, D., Beckwith, A. M., Bennett, D. S., & Lewis, M. (2021). Prenatal drug exposure and executive function in early adolescence. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 88, 107036.

Karunakaran, K. K., Gute, S., Ames, G. R., Chervin, K., Dandola, C. M., & Nolan, K. J. (2021). Effect of robotic exoskeleton gait training during acute stroke on functional ambulation. NeuroRehabilitation, 48(4), 493-503.

Liu, X., Oliveira, N., Ehrenberg, N., Cheng, J., Bentley, K., Blochlinger, S., Shoval, H., & Barrance, P. (2021). Feasibility of a real-time pattern-based kinematic feedback system for gait retraining in pediatric cerebral palsy. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, 8.

Mackie, T. I., Schaefer, A. J., Ramella, L., Carter, A. S., Eisenhower, A., Jimenez, M. E., Fettig, A., & Sheldrick, R. C. (2021). Understanding how parents make meaning of their child’s behaviors during screening for autism spectrum disorders: A longitudinal qualitative investigation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(3), 906-921.

Mitteer, D. R., Greer, B. D., Randall, K. R., Kimball, R. T., & Smith, S. W. (2021). Empirically deriving omission and commission errors for relapse tests: A demonstration of reverse translation. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 21(4), 351-363.

Natsheh, J. Y., DeLuca, J., Costa, S. L., Chiaravalloti, N. D., & Dobryakova, E. (2021). Methylphenidate may improve mental fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis: A pilot clinical trial. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 56, 103273.

Natsheh, J. Y., Espinoza, D., Bhimani, S., & Shiflett, M. W. (2021). The effects of the dopamine D2/3 agonist quinpirole on incentive value and palatability-based choice in a rodent model of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Psychopharmacology, 238(11), 3143-3153.

Owen, T. M., Luczynski, K. C., Rodriguez, N. M., & Fisher, W. W. (2021). Assessment of children's and caregivers' preferences for treatments for escape-maintained problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(3), 946-965.

Peterson, K. M., Ibañez, V. F., Volkert, V. M., Zeleny, J. R., Engler, C. W., & Piazza, C. C. (2021). Using telehealth to provide outpatient follow-up to children with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(1), 6-24.

Randall, K. R., Greer, B. D., Smith, S. W., & Kimball, R. T. (2021). Sustaining behavior reduction by transitioning the topography of the functional communication response. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(3), 1013-1031.

Shahan, T. A., & Greer, B. D. (2021). Destructive behavior increases as a function of reductions in alternative reinforcement during schedule thinning: A retrospective quantitative analysis. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 116(2), 243-248.

Shelton, P. A., Morrow, L. M., Lima, D., Maskey-Pagodin, A., Pai, S., Ramachandran, U., & Jimenez, M. E. (2021). Ready and Healthy for Kindergarten: A bilingual family literacy program in primary care. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 25(4), 521-527.

Shoval, H., Friel, K., Levin, J., & Kim, H. (2021). Cumulative efficacy of longitudinal repeat salivary gland OnabotulinumtoxinA injection: A retrospective study. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 100(8), 798-802.

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