Texas Tech University

Dr. Donaldson's Lab

Overview

The Donaldson Lab conducts applied behavior analytic research related to classroom management, token/economic systems in the classroom, acquisition of early learner skills such as following instructions and imitation, and reduction of problematic behavior in young children. We currently have two research sites: a local elementary school and a lab classroom in the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research (pictures below). Click the tabs to see a list of current/ongoing research projects and current doctoral students.

Whiteboard in the lab

Photo of the lab setting

Research Projects

School-based

  • Evaluations of classwide behavior management strategies
  • Evaluations of token systems in classrooms

Clinic-based

  • Comparison of strategies to teach imitation skills
    • Collaboration with Dr. Cara Phillips and Meghan Deshais, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Assessment and treatment of noncompliance
  • Evaluation of time-out procedures

children in the lab

children in the lab

Doctoral Students

Katie Wiskow

Katie Wiskow

Katie received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in 2011, where she completed a research project that was published in JABA. She received her M.A. in Human Services Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2013. Katie is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Her research interests include early intervention teaching strategies, play skills, and assessment and treatment of problematic behavior.

Ashley Matter

Ashley Matter

Ashley received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2012, where she worked as a research assistant for two years under the supervision of Dr. Cara Phillips, BCBA-D, and Dr. Timothy Vollmer, BCBA-D. She received her M.A. in Human Services Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2014. She is currently in the process of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ashley’s research interests include verbal behavior, assessment and treatment of problematic behavior, and teaching strategies for individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.