Faculty of Education

Dr Nicole Neil

Assistant Professor

Profile

I joined the Faculty of Education in the area of Applied Psychology in September 2015. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Coordinator of the MPED in Applied Behavior Analysis. I am interested in research questions that are immediately relevant to the practice of behaviour analysis and families of individuals with developmental disabilities. Many of my projects are community-based research which involves an environment, where families, students, practitioners, and researchers are brought together. This type of research involves working closely with local advocacy groups and local families to identify relevant topics, carry out research in community settings, and ensure research results are accessible to community members.

I have ongoing projects in the following areas:

  • Applied behavior analytic interventions for individuals with Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome
  • Assessment and treatment of comorbid mental health diagnoses for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Optimizing intervention intensity in behaviour-analytic instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Social skills and support programs for children with developmental disabilities and their families

Expertise Areas

Recent Publications

Refereed Articles

1. Neil, N., Vause, T., Jaksic, H., & Feldman, M. (In Press). Effects of group functional behavior-based cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive behavior in a youth with autism spectrum disorder. Child & Family Behavior Therapy.

2. Neil, N., & Jones, E.A. (2016). Communication intervention for individuals with Down syndrome: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. doi:10.1080/17518423.2016.1212947

3. Neil, N., & Jones, E.A. (2016). Repetitive behavior in children with Down syndrome: Functional analysis and intervention Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 28(2), 267-288. doi: 10.1007/s10882-015-9465-x

4. Vause, T., Neil, N., Jaksic, H. Jackiewicz, G., & Feldman, M. (online first, 2015). Preliminary randomized trial of function-based cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat obsessive compulsive behavior in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/1088357615588517

5. Neil, N. & Jones, E.A. (2015). Studying treatment intensity: Lessons from a series of preliminary studies. Journal of Behavioral Education, 24(1), 51-73. doi: 10.1007/s10864-014-9208-6

6. Neil, N., & Sturmey, P. (2014). Assessment and treatment of obsessions and compulsions in individuals with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 1(1), 62-79. doi: 10.1007/s40489-013-0006-1

Book Chapters

7. Neil, N., Moum, L., Sturmey, P. (2014). Co-morbidity among children and youth with ASD. In Luiselli, J. (Ed), Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Recent Advances and Innovations in Assessment, Education, and Intervention. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

8. Sturmey, P., Lindsay, B., Vause, T., & Neil, N. (2014). Anxiety disorders. In P. Sturmey & R. Didden (Eds.), Evidence Based Practice and Intellectual Disabilities. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

9. Jones, E.A., Neil, N., & Feeley, K. (2013). Enhancing learning for children with Down syndrome. In B. Clark & R. Faragher (Eds.), Educating Learners with Down Syndrome: Research, Theory, and Practice with Children and Adolescents. London: Routledge

Reviews of Others’ Work

10. Jones, E.A., & Neil, N. (2013). Communication books and partner orientation may help to promote peer interactions in high school students with autism. Evidence- Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 7(2), 73-78. doi: 10.1080/17489539.2013.844445

Recent Presentations

1. Leader, G., Gallagher, L., O’Reilly, J., Feighan, S., Kang, H-J, Neil, N., & Mannion, A. (2016, June). The Irish Autism Registry. Division of Behaviour Analysis 10th Annual Conference. Maynooth, Ireland.

2. Neil, N., Leader, G., Gallagher, L., O’Reilly, J., & Mannion, A. (2016, June). Advancing Knowledge about the Nature and Consequences of Fragile X Syndrome in Ireland through a National Registry. Division of Behaviour Analysis 10th Annual Conference. Maynooth, Ireland.

3. Neil, N., Yates, H., Vause, T., Jackiewicz, G., & Feldman, M. (2016, June). Group Functional-Behavior CBT to Reduce Obsessive Compulsive Behavior in Children with High Functioning Autism. Division of Behaviour Analysis 10th Annual Conference. Maynooth, Ireland.

4. Neil, N., & Jones, E. A. (2016, May). Using Intervention Intensity to Maximize Acquisition of Language for Learners with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention. Chicago, IL.

5. Neil, N., Jones, E. A., Chohan, M., & Rafeeq. (2015, October). Optimizing Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. Albany, NY.

6. Neil, N., & Jones, E.A. (2015, May). Repetitive Behavior in Children with Down Syndrome: Functional Analysis and Treatment. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention. San Antonio, TX.

7. Yates, H., Vause, T., Neil, N., Johnson, N., Jackiewicz, G., & Feldman, M. (2015, May). Group Function-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Behavior in Children with Autism. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention. San Antonio, TX.

8. Rafeeq, A., Neil, N., & Jones, E.A. (2015, April). Using Treatment Intensity to Optimize Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at The Queens College Conference on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. New York, NY.

9. McHugh, S.A., Kryzak, L. A., Neil, N. M., Fiani, T., Fienup, D., & Jones, E.A. (2015, April). Children with Autism and their Siblings: Building a Lifelong Relationship. Paper presented at The Queens College Conference on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. New York, NY.

10. Neil, N. (2014, December). Critical Components of Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at DSAF 11th Annual Conference on Best Practices in the Education of Children with Down Syndrome. Brookville, NY.

11. Neil, N., Rafeeq, A., & Jones, E.A. (2014, October). Investigating Intervention Intensity: Effects on Skill Acquisition in Children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. Saratoga Springs, NY

12. Neil, N., & Bauer, S. (2013, November). Hey, it works for us too: Using Applied Behavior Analysis Methodologies with Children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at DSAF 10th Annual Conference on Best Practices in the Education of Children with Down Syndrome. Brookville, NY.

13. Neil, N., & Jones, E.A. (2013, November). Functional Analysis and Treatment of Repetitive Behavior in Children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. Saratoga Springs, NY.

14. Jones, E.A., Neil, N., & Bauer, S. (2013, November). Effects of Intervention Intensity on Skill Acquisition in Children with Down Syndrome. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. Saratoga Springs, NY.

15. Neil, N., & Bauer, S. (2013, May). Intervention Intensity: Effects of Number of Opportunities, Session Duration, and Intertrial Interval. Paper presented at the 39th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention. Minneapolis, MN.

Teaching and Supervision

Recent Courses Taught

  • Behavior Analysis Research Design: Single Subject Research
  • Behavior Assessment and Treatment
  • Basic Behavior Principles
  • Advanced Topics in ABA
  • Laboratory of Practice in Applied Behavior Analysis