Rebecca MacDonald, Ph.D., BCBA  

Specialties: Autism

Medical Practice
The New England Center for Children
For 32 years The New England Center for Children (NECC®) has provided state-of-the-art education and individualized treatment, with care and respect, for children with autism. An award-winning not-for-profit treatment and education center dedicated to bringing out human potential and creating productive lives, NECC operates a school in Greater Boston and in Abu Dhabi for children from around the world. For more information about NECC, please visit www.necc.org.
B.S., Communication Disorders, Emerson College, Boston, MAUndergraduate, 1977 - 1977
M.A., Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KansasGraduate, 1980 - 1980
Ph.D., Developmental and Child Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KansasGraduate, 1983 - 1983
Medical Training
Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka, KS - Internship - 1981 - 1983
Board Certification
1990: Licensed Psychologist in MA #4787
2000: Board Certified Behavior Analyst #1-00-0334
1995-present: Clinical Assistant Professor, Bouvé College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Department of Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation, and Special Education, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
1996-present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Education, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Professional Publications
Smaby, K., MacDonald, R.P.F., Ahearn, W.H., & Dube, W.V. (in press) Assessment protocol for identifying preferred social consequences. Behavioral Interventions.

Ahearn, W.H., Clark, K.M., MacDonald, R.P.F., & Chung, B.I. (in press). Vocal stereotypy: Assessing and treating acontextual vocalizations in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

MacDonald, R.P.F., Sacramone, S.R., Mansfield, R., Wiltz, K., & Ahearn, W.H. (in press). Using video modeling to teach reciprocal pretend play to children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Ahearn, W. H. MacDonald, R. P. F., Graff, R. B., & Dube, W.V. (2007). Behavior analytic teaching procedures: Basic principles empirically derived practices. In P. Sturmey & A. Fitzer (Eds.), Autism Spectrum Disorders: applied Behavior analysis, Evidence, and Practice (pp. 31-83). Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

MacDonald, R. P. F., Gardenier, N., Geckeler, A., Green, G., Holcomb, W. L., Mansfield, R. C., & Sanchez, J. (2007). Stereotypy in young children with autism and typically developing children. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 28, 266-277.

MacDonald, R., Clark, M., Garrigan, E., & Vengala, M. (2005). Increasing play using video modeling. Behavioral Interventions.

Dube, W.V., MacDonald, R. P. F., Holcomb, W. L Mansfield, R. C.,. & Ahearn, W. H. (2004). Toward a behavioral analysis of joint attention. The Behavior Analyst, 27, 197-207.

MacDonald, R. P. F., Anderson, J., Dube, W. V., Geckeler, A. S., Green, G., Holcomb, W. L., Mansfield, R. C., & Sanchez, J. (2006). Behavioral assessment of joint attention: A methodological report. Research in Developmental Disabilities.27, 138-150.

Gardenier, N.C., MacDonald, R., & Green, G. (2004). Comparison of direct observational methods for measuring stereotypic behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 25, 99-118.

Green, G., Chellquist, K., Krendel-Ames, S., Ross, S., & MacDonald, R. (1993). Analyzing the source of "facilitated" communications. Proceedings of the 1993 Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, 145.

MacDonald, R. F., Dixon, L. S., and LeBlanc, J. M. (1986). Stimulus class formation following observational learning. Analysis and Intervention of Developmental Disabilities.

Touchette, P., MacDonald, R., & Langer, S. (1985). A scatter plot for identifying stimulus control of problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 18, 343-351.
Professional Memberships
Association for Behavior Analysis International
Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy
Autism Society of America
Council for Exceptional Children