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Tristram Smith, Ph.D.

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Tristram Smith, Ph.D., is the Haggerty-Friedman Professor of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatric Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), where he leads federally funded studies comparing the efficacy of different interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is also a clinician in URMC's Community Consultation Program, serving students with ASD and other intellectual disabilities in schools and other agencies. His commitment to the study and treatment of children with ASD began in 1982, when he had the opportunity to volunteer as a buddy for an adult with autism who lived near his college. This experience inspired him to apply to graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied clinical psychology and worked as a therapist and researcher with O. Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D., in the UCLA Young Autism Project. Before moving to Rochester in 2000, he directed clinics for children with autism and their families in the states of California, Iowa, and Washington.


Dr. Smith and colleagues conduct studies on the efficacy of interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). One area of interest is early intensive behavioral intervention, which begins at the age of four years or younger and involves the provision of 20 or more hours per week of service. Other current studies involve comparing outcomes of interventions such as different models of intervention for establishing communication in minimally verbal children with ASD, approaches to helping parents become effective teachers for their children, and medications and behavioral interventions for children with ASD who also have challenging behaviors.



BA | Yale University

MA | University of California
Clinical Psychology

PhD | University of California
Clinical Psychology


Journal Articles

Hollway JA, Aman MG, Mendoza-Burcham MI, Silverman L, Arnold LE, Tumuluru R, Handen BL, Lecavalier L, Page K, Sayre P, Smith T. "Caregiver Satisfaction with a Multisite Trial of Atomoxetine and Parent Training for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Behavioral Noncompliance in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder." Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology.. 2016 Nov 0; 26(9):807-814. Epub 2016 Jan 21.

Chowdhury M, Aman MG, Lecavalier L, Smith T, Johnson C, Swiezy N, McCracken JT, King B, McDougle CJ, Bearss K, Deng Y, Scahill L. "Factor structure and psychometric properties of the revised Home Situations Questionnaire for autism spectrum disorder: The Home Situations Questionnaire-Autism Spectrum Disorder." Autism : the international journal of research and practice.. 2016 Jul 0; 20(5):528-37. Epub 2015 Jul 17.

Leaf JB, Leaf R, McEachin J, Taubman M, Ala'i-Rosales S, Ross RK, Smith T, Weiss MJ. "Applied Behavior Analysis is a Science and, Therefore, Progressive." Journal of autism and developmental disorders.. 2016 Feb 0; 46(2):720-31.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The appeal of unvalidated treatments
Book Title: Controversial Therapies for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities: Fad, Fashion, and Science in Professional Practice
Author List: Smith, T.
Edited By: R. M. Foxx & J. A. Mulick
Published By: Laurence Erlbaum Associates2016 in Mahwah

Chapter Title: Behavioral treatment for autism spectrum disorder
Book Title: Primer on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author List: Iadarola, S., & Smith, T.
Edited By: C. J. McDougle
Published By: Oxford University Press2016 in New York

Chapter Title: Applied Behavior Analysis
Book Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An encyclopedia fo rparents and professionals
Author List: Peterson, C. & Smith, T.
Edited By: B.S. Myles, T.C.Swanson & J. Holverstotts
Published By: Greenwood Publishing2016 in Westport