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Suzannah Joy Iadarola, Ph.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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My clinical interests include early identification of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and screening for developmental disabilities in primary care settings. Additionally, I am interested in individual and group-based behavioral training for families of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Professional Background

Job Title: Senior Instructor of Pediatrics

Dr. Iadarola is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in diagnostic evaluations for children for whom there is a suspected autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Iadarola conducts initial diagnostic evaluations for children of all ages, with a focus on ASD and other differential developmental and mental health diagnoses. In addition, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has experience providing and coordinating behavioral treatment for individuals with ASD. As part of this treatment, Dr. Iadarola incorporates a focus on working with families (e.g., parent training and education, sibling support).

In addition to her work in the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics division, Dr. Iadarola is a co-investigator on a government-funded, multi-site research project designed to increase socialization skills and school-based transitions for students with ASD. This study includes a partnership with the Rochester City School District and other community members. Dr. Iadarola has helped develop a program for working with teachers to facilitate more successful transitions for students with ASD in their daily routines. She also serves as an interventionist on this project.


~ Behavioral interventions to support family members of children with autism spectrum disorders
~ Mindfulness-based interventions for family members of and professionals working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders
~ Effectiveness of ABA in the community and dissemination of ABA-based programs within underserved communities



BA | Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

MS | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Clinical Psychology

PhD | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/15/2011 - 08/17/2012
Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

06/28/2010 - 08/22/2011
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


COSAC Award for Best Poster

Quest Award for Best Poster

Doug Flutie Jr., Inc, Scholarship

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Journal Articles

Ferraioli SJ; Harris SL. "Comparative effects of mindfulness and skills-based parent training for parents of children of autism: Feasibility and preliminary outcome data". Mindfulness. 2012; .

Ferraioli SL; Harris SL. "Effective Educational Inclusion of Students on the Autism Spectrum". Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 2011; 41(1): 19-28.

Ferraioli SJ, Harris, SL. "Teaching joint attention to children with autism through a sibling-mediated behavioral intervention". Behavioral Interventions. 2011; 26: 261-281.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Single-case Experimental Designs
Book Title: APA Handbook on Research Methods in Psychology
Author List: Rizvi SL; Ferraioli SJ
Published By: Washington: American Psychological Association 2012

Chapter Title: Treatments to increase social awareness and social skills. In B. Reichow, P. Doehring, D. V. Cicchetti, and F. R. Volkmar (Eds.)
Book Title: Evidence-Based Practices and Treatments for Children with Autism
Author List: Ferraioli SL; Harris SL
Published By: New York: Springer 2011

Chapter Title: Treatment of autism spectrum disorders. In J. Matson, F. Andrasik, and M. L. Matson (Eds.)
Book Title: Treating Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities
Author List: Weiss MJ; Fiske KE; Ferraioli SJ
Published By: New York: Springer 2009