Deborah A. Napolitano, Ph.D.

Deborah A. Napolitano, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 671
Rochester, NY 14642

Administrative: (585) 275-6605

Research Bio

Dr. Napolitano has broad research interests in the area of developmental and intellectual disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Her research has focused on three primary areas, a) biobehavioral interventions (e.g., effects of medication on problem behavior and the interaction between medication and behavioral interventions) b) functional assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and c) interventions for repetitive behavior. Dr. Napolitano has obtained research funding to examine interventions to increase diverse responding in persons with ASD.

Dr. Napolitano also has worked with her research mentors on several federally funded research projects. She worked as a project coordinator for Dr. Steven Schroeder at the University of Kansas on a clinical trial of Risperdal for persons with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities and most recently at the University of Rochester as a co-investigator on Dr. Jennifer Zarcone's research examining the compulsive behavior of persons with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Recent Journal Articles

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Napolitano, DA; Zarcone, JR; Nielsen, S.; Wang, H; Caliendo, JM. "Perceptions of Body Image by Persons with Prader-Willi Syndrome and their Parents." American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2010; 115: 43-53.
Zarcone, J.R., Napolitano, D.A., & Valdovinos, M. "Measurement of problem behaviour during medication evaluations." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 2008; : 1015-1028.
2007 Jun
Zarcone J, Napolitano D, Peterson C, Breidbord J, Ferraioli S, Caruso-Anderson M, Holsen L, Butler MG, Thompson T. "The relationship between compulsive behaviour and academic achievement across the three genetic subtypes of Prader-Willi syndrome." Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR. 2007 Jun; 51(Pt. 6):478-87.
Napolitano, D.A., Blaakman, L.A., Kohl, L.B., Vallese, H.M. & McAdam, D.B. (2007). "The use of functional communication training to reduce pica." The Journal of Speech - Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. 2007; 1.4-2.1: 25-31.
Valdovinos, M., & Napolitano, D.A. "Brief review of the effects of psychotropic drugs on Reinforcement, Avoidance, punishment, and functional relations." Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis. 2007; : 27-34.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Developmental & Child Psychology | University of Kansas2000
MA | Early Childhood Education & Applied Behavior Analysis | University of Kansas1994
BA | Communications & Human Relations | Western Connecticut State University1987