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John Brown

New York Collaborates for Autism Director of Training and Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis



Dr. Brown is the Director of Training and Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College. Before coming to Hunter College, Dr. Brown served as the executive director of a private, non-profit program, serving individuals with autism. Dr. Brown completed his doctoral studies in the Learning Processes program at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He has completed doctoral fellowships in autism intervention at the Princeton Child Development Institute and developmental disabilities at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Description of research:

Dr. Brown's research interests include the development of interventions to address communication deficits experienced by individuals with autism. In addition, he has conducted research on interventions used to reduce problem behavior among individuals with autism. His current research program is designed to evaluate the language content developed during script-fading interventions.


Rozenblat, E., Brown, J. L., Brown, A. K., Reeve, S. A., Reeve, K. R. (2009). Effects of adjusting DRO schedules on the reduction of stereotypic vocalizations in children with autism. Behavioral Interventions, 24, 1-15. doi: 10.1002/bin.270

Brown, J. L. & Poulson, C. L. (2008). Speech Prosody Intervention in Autism. In A. Fitzer & P. Sturmey (Eds.), Language and Autism: Applied Behavior Analysis, Evidence, and Practice (pp. 251-277). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed. doi:

Brown, A. K., Brown, J. L., & Poulson, C. L. (2008). Discriminating which fork to use: Teaching selective imitation to people with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2, 199-208. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2007.06.001

Brown, J. L., Krantz, P. J., McClannahan, L. E., & Poulson, C. L. (2008). Using script fading to promote natural environment stimulus control of verbal interactions among youth with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2, 480-497. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2007.08.006