Program Director

Karen Lionello-DeNolf, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA
Director of Applied Behavior Analysis Programs
Phone: (508) 767-7498
Office: Kennedy Hall, Room 144

Dr. Lionello-DeNolf earned a doctoral degree from Purdue University and she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). She has experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in learning, behavior analysis, and research methods. In addition, she has more than a decade of experience conducting research in experimental and applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), developmental disabilities, and relational learning with colleagues from the Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has led NIH-funded research projects investigating language and other deficits in autism, and her work has been published in leading journals, such as Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and The Psychological Record. Her current projects include exploring how learning history influences people’s willingness to cooperate with others in a shared task, teaching methods that result in better development of symbolic relations, and best practices in training service delivery staff to implement teaching programs to students with autism. Dr. Lionello-DeNolf is a former associate editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB) and The Psychological Record. She is currently serving as Associate Editor for Translational Research for JEAB.