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Using Behavior-Change Medications to Benefit People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Skeptical Appraisal

Abstract: Drugs are often prescribed with the intent of improving the behavior, broadly defined, of people with autism spectrum disorder. One purpose of this presentation is to overview the kinds of drugs that are used, the reasons for their use, the quality of the evidence that supports their use, their effectiveness, and their adverse effects. The second purpose is to consider what behavior analysts can do to ensure that behavior-change medications are used in a way that maximally benefits people with autism.

Dr. Poling received his B.A. in 1972 from Alderson-Broaddus College, his M.A. in 1974 from West Virginia University, and his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty at Western Michigan University in 1977 and earned the rank of Professor of Psychology. Dr. Poling began serving as an Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts of Sciences in 2003 and was named Interim Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 2004. His primary research interests are in psychopharmacology and behavior analysis; grants from the National Institutes of Health and Department of Education have supported much of his work. A Fellow of Divisions 3, 25, and 28, Dr. Poling has published 11 books and over 250 articles and book chapters and served as the research advisor of 28 Ph.D. recipients. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of West Virginia University in 1999 and a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Western Michigan University in 1996. In 2003, Dr. Poling received the Western Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award.

Thanks to ONTABA’s Professional Development Committee the event will be available for virtual attendance. We are working on having the event eligible for BACB CEUs (stay tuned).


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