Dr. Henry Roane

Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry

Applied Behavior Analysis: Application to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Behavior Problems

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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a branch of behavioral science that focuses on objective, quantifiable measures of learning. The basic principles of ABA are based on over 100 years of foundational knowledge, originally derived from studies of non-human animals. Over the past 50 years, ABA has been applied with increased frequency toward developing effective treatments for a range of health conditions including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This talk will provide an overview of the basic principles of ABA, its application to the treatment of core symptoms of ASD, and the application to of ABA to treat behavior problems that are commonly associated with ASD including severe problem behavior and feeding problems. The author will conclude with novel directions in outcomes analysis.


Dr. Henry Roane is a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Upstate Medical University where he serves as the Executive Director of the Golisano Center for Special Needs. He also serves as the Vice President of Clinical Services at Elemy, a pediatric autism care provider that blends behavior analysis and technical innovation to provide life-changing care.

 Dr. Roane received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has held previous clinical and faculty positions at the Marcus Institute/Emory University School of Medicine and the Munroe-Meyer Institute/University of Nebraska Medical Center.

 Dr. Roane is the Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral Development, an academic journal published by the American Psychological Association. He is a current Associate Editor for the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice, and on the editorial boards of several journals in the field of behavior analysis and pediatrics, including the Journal of Pediatrics. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and he has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.

 Dr. Roane has co-authored over 100 research articles and chapters as well as several academic texts on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders in children with autism and related disorders. He has been the principal investigator on grants funded by National Institute of Health and the New York State Department of Health, and he serves as a consultant to programs across the U.S. In addition to being a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis – International he was elected to membership in the Society for Pediatric Research and is the 2022 recipient of the Nate Azrin Distinguished Contributions to Applied Behavior Analysis Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.