"A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from everyone"
Dr Mary E. McDonald is an expert in autism and applied behavior analysis. Dr. McDonald is a Professor in the Special Education Department at Hofstra University. She directs the MS Program in Applied Behavior Analysis and Advanced Certificate Programs in ABA, Gifted Education, Assessment and, Special Education. Dr. McDonald serves as the Associate Executive Director of Long Island Programs for Eden II/Genesis Programs. She has over 30 years of experience directing programs for students with autism from early intervention through adulthood. She completed her Ph.D. in Learning Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral Level and a licensed behavior analyst in NY and Connecticut. Dr. McDonald serves on a number of advisory boards and journal editorial boards.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Pergament, B. & McDonald, M. E. (2022). Using behavioral momentum to
increase the rate of compliance in preschoolers with disabilities. Special Education Research, Policy & Practice
Didrichsen, S. & McDonald, M. E. (2022). Familiar vs. unfamiliar stimuli in multiple stimulus
preference assessments. Special Education Research, Policy & Practice, 6, 71-77.
Lindeman, K, McDonald, M.E., Lee, R, Gehshan, S. & Hoch, H. (2017). The effects of
visual cues, prompting and feedback within activity schedules on increasing cooperation between pairs of children with ASD. Special Education Research, Policy & Practice, 1 (1) 5-27.
Battaglia, D., & McDonald, M.E. (2016). Promoting conversation in students with autism spectrum disorders; Scripts and semantic mapping. Good Autism Practice, 40(1), 40-47.
McDonald, M.E., Battaglia, D., & Keane, M. (2015) Using Fixed-Interval based prompting to
increase a student’s initiation of PECS. Behavior Development Bulletin, 20 (2), 1-11.
Battaglia, D., & McDonald, M.E. (2015). Effects of the picture exchange communication
system (PECS) on maladaptive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders
(ASD): A review of the literature. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals,
10 (1), 8-20.
McDonald, M. E., Reeve, S. A. & Sparacio, E. (2014). Using a tactile prompt to increase delivery of behavior-specific praise and token reinforcement and their collateral effects on stereotypic behavior in students with autism spectrum disorders. Behavior Development Bulletin, 19 (1), 40-44.
McDonald, M. E., Pace, D., Blue, E., & Schwartz, D. (2012). Critical Issues in Causation and
Treatment of Autism: Why Fads Continue to Flourish. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 34(4), 290-304.
Schwartz, D., Blue, E., McDonald, M. E., & Pace, D. (2010). From inclusion to access: Paradigm shifts in special education. U.S.-China Education Review, 7 (8), 108-114.
Schwartz, D., Blue, E, & McDonald, M.E. Giuliani, G., Weber, G., Seirup, H., Rose, S, Elkis-Albuhoff, D. Rosenfeld, J. & Perkins, A. (2010). Dispelling stereotypes: Promoting disability awareness through film. Disability and Society, 25 (7), 841-848.
Schwartz, D., Blue, E., McDonald, M. E. & Pace, D. (2009). Teacher educators and response to intervention: A survey of knowledge, knowledge base, and program changes to teacher preparation programs. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP). 5-18.
McDonald, M. E. & Hemmes, N. (2003). Increases in social initiation toward an adolescent with autism: Reciprocity effects. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 24, 453-465.
Newman, B., Buffington, D. M., O’Grady, M. A., McDonald, M. E., Poulson, C. L.,& Hemmes, N. S. (1995).Self-management of schedule-following in three teenagers with autism. Behavioral Disorders, 20(3), 195-201.
Evidence-based Approaches to Autism
Adulting: Effectively Preparing Individuals with ASD
Assessment to Intervention: Enhancing Transition-Related Behavior
Developing Play Skills in Young Learners with ASD
Joint attention and Related Skills
Beyond Discrete Trial Instruction
Increasing Problem Solving, Creativity and Flexibility
Professional Behavior and Ethical Responsibility
Applied Behavior Analysis
Using Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies
Social Stories: What Does the Research Say?
Using Video Modeling to Promote Social Skills
Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis
Becoming a Leader in the Field of ABA
Creativity as a Behavioral Construct