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Joshua Plavnick

 Assistant Professor
  Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
 Ph.D., Michigan State University
 341 Erickson
 517-432-8346
Joshua Plavnick is an assistant professor of special education, director of the graduate certificate program in applied behavior analysis, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). His research focuses on applications of behavioral and observational learning theories to develop and evaluate instructional programming for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He is currently the Principal Investigator for a series of studies examining the effectiveness and utility of video-based instruction to teach social behavior to individuals on the autism spectrum. He is also developing a comprehensive reading program for school-aged children with autism that combines computer-based and small group instruction. His recent work includes examinations of video modeling to teach language to previously nonvocal children with autism and self-management strategies to improve implementation of behavioral programming by public educators.

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Courses Taught

  • CEP 844 Applied Behavior Analysis
  • CEP 845 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Intervention
  • CEP 855 Verbal Behavior in Education
  • CEP 942 Single-case Experimental Research Design

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