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Dr. Katie Brown's Featured Publication Spotlight

08/24/2021

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Brown, K.R., Sodawasser, A.J., Hardee, A.M., & Retzlaff, B.J. (in press). Examining the Reliability of the Stimulus Avoidance Assessment. Behavioral Development. https://10.1037/bdb00000105 

Dr. Katie Brown
Spotlight by Dr. Katie Brown

How does this publication fit into your line of research/inquiry? How does it impact the publications that have come before, or those that will follow?

I’m interested in studying the efficacy and generality of assessments and treatments for severe problem behavior. This line of inquiry emerged from conversations about the mismatch I’ve seen in practice related to the reliability of an assessment used to identify procedures that are effective at decreasing dangerous and treatment-resistant behaviors. My work is really about bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.

What makes this publication special?

This study fills an important and well-documented gap in the literature. Despite the use of this assessment in clinical and research settings, few studies have empirically examined this assessment since its inception more than 25 years ago. It is my hope that this study generates more research in this arena, which will lead to the development of more efficacious and socially valid assessment methodologies for individuals with dangerous and treatment-resistant behaviors.

How were your students involved in this publication? Who are the colleagues that you published with? How did you collaborate?

I worked with former colleagues to gather the data from this study and conceptualize our findings. This publication highlights the need for more theoretical, translational, and applied research to develop best-practice guidelines for clinical practice. My lab is currently working on a study that examines the generality of this assessment in clinical practice and the epidemiology and phenomenology of its use.

What are the ripple effects from this publication? How do you see this affecting the field?

This study exposes the paucity of data examining this and similar assessments aimed at informing the treatment of dangerous and treatment-resistant problem behaviors. It also points out flaws on the conceptualization of this assessment, which may have deleterious effects on treatment outside of clinical settings. By doing so, it allows researchers to conduct additional analyses related to this assessment, as well as generate novel assessment methodologies that may be superior.

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