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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 approaches with children with an autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and developmental disorders, & clinical presentations of common developmental concerns (e.g. potty training, parent-child interactions). Broadly, Dr. Shamlian's clinical interests are in the assessment and treatment of pediatric populations that exhibit challenging behavior (i.e. self-injurious behavior, aggression, disruption, etc.). His approach to working with families emphasizes the careful consideration of parent concerns throughout clinical care. 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 psychologist and a licensed, doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst in Nebraska and New York. He is currently the Director of the Behavioral Treatment Program. He received his Doctorate of Psychology in 2012 from the University of Southern Maine. During that time he completed a pre-doctoral internship in behavioral psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Munroe-Meyer Institute's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Subsequently, he was recruited as a post-doctoral psychology resident and research scientist at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Severe Behavior Disorders Program to provide assessment and treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders who presented with challenging behavior. Efforts included responsibilities for two, multi-site NIMH grant supported studies related to: (a) translational models of treatment relapse and, (b) behavioral economic models for the assessment and treatment of problem behaviors without a social function. Additionally, Dr. Shamlian completed a second postdoctoral research associate appointment in pediatric psychology at UNMC, in the Munroe-Meyer Institute's Department of Psychology.


Dr. Shamlian's research interests have concentrated on the benefits of integrated behavioral health in primary care settings, the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, functional communication training, application of delay-discounting models to patterns of caregiver's health-decision making, and translational models of behavioral persistence.



  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral - Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology - American Board of Professional Psychology


Psy.D. | University of Southern Maine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

08/12/2012 - 08/12/2013
Residency in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University


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 0; 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 0; 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 0; 49(2):228-50. Epub 2016 Jan 21.