The Family Behavior Analysis Program uses the basic principles of learning and behavior analysis to assess and treat behavior problems displayed by children with developmental disabilities. Children appropriate for this clinic are those who are at risk for a change in their living or school placement or whose behaviors put them or their family at serious risk for diminished health. The program offers a continuum of services for children (2-21 years) with developmental disabilities who display the following types of behavioral difficulties: noncompliance, tantrums, food selectivity/refusal, toileting difficulties, property destruction, aggression, and self-injurious behavior. Although the majority of the treatment occurs in the clinic setting, treatments are evaluated across multiple environments including the home and school/daycare.
Individuals admitted to the program receive comprehensive behavioral assessments and interventions. Interventions are developed based on the results of systematic functional assessments, analysis of parent-child interactions, and preference assessments. The interventions are designed to decrease problem behavior to a socially acceptable level and to replace it with alternative, appropriate responses. Treatment effectiveness is evaluated systematically using reliable direct-observation measures and systematic single-case design strategies.
Dr. Roane, the Director of the Family Behavior Analysis Clinic, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), is currently an Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice, is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of School Psychology, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and JABA and has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for other prominent journals including the Journal of Pediatrics, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and Behavioural Processes, and is on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board and the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Prior to coming to Upstate, Dr. Roane held faculty and clinical positions at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger and Marcus Institutes (in Atlanta GA) and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Munroe-Meyer Institute (Omaha NE). Dr. Roane has co-authored over 70 articles and chapters and texts on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders and has been the lead investigator on grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the New York State Department of Health.