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Kenneth D. Shamlian, Psy.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Dr. Shamlian's professional training is in the use of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches with children with an autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disorders, & clinical presentations of common developmental concerns (e.g. potty training, sleep, and parent-child interactions). His approach to working with families emphasizes the careful consideration of parent concerns and challenges as they try to help their child develop to their fullest potential. A major aim is to help families develop methods to interact with their child in ways that support healthy development, in addition to being feasible for the family to use.

Professional Background

Dr. Shamlian is a licensed pediatric psychologist and a licensed, doctoral-level board-certified behavior analyst in New York. He is currently the Director of the Behavioral Treatment Program in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the Director of the Crisis Intervention Program at UR. He has over 20 years of experience in mental and behavioral health in school and community outpatient programs, university centers, and medical centers. Over 15 years of this time has included specialty training and experience in working with children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


Dr. Shamlian's research interests have concentrated on the benefits of integrated behavioral health in primary care settings, sleep disorders in pediatric populations with neurodevelopmental disorders, physiological effects of parenting children with challenging behaviors, and the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders.




    PSYD | University of Southern Maine

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015
    Fellowship at University of Nebraska Medical Center

    08/12/2012 - 08/12/2013
    Residency in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University College of Medical GME


    Journal Articles

    Borgen JG, Charles Mace F, Cavanaugh BM, Shamlian K, Lit KR, Wilson JB, Trauschke SL. "A method to establish stimulus control and compliance with instructions." Journal of applied behavior analysis.. 2017 Oct; 50(4):830-842. Epub 2017 Sep 20.

    Nevin JA, Mace FC, DeLeon IG, Shahan TA, Shamlian KD, Lit K, Sheehan T, Frank-Crawford MA, Trauschke SL, Sweeney MM, Tarver DR, Craig AR. "Effects of signaled and unsignaled alternative reinforcement on persistence and relapse in children and pigeons." Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior.. 2016 Jul; 106(1):34-57. Epub 2016 Jun 10.

    Shamlian KD, Fisher WW, Steege MW, Cavanaugh BM, Samour K, Querim AC. "Evaluation of multiple schedules with naturally occurring and therapist-arranged discriminative stimuli following functional communication training." Journal of applied behavior analysis.. 2016 Jun; 49(2):228-50. Epub 2016 Jan 21.