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David McAdam

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 671
Rochester NY 14642
Dr. McAdam's professional training is in the areas of behavior analysis and developmental disabilities including autism and intellectual disabilities. His clinical interests include behavioral interventions for challenging behavior, strategies for increasing the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities, and teaching independent living skills. His research interests include the functional assessment and analysis of challenging behavior, preference assessment methods for persons with severe developmental disabilities, and interventions to increase the functional engagement of persons with disabilities in community-based settings such as group homes and employment settings.

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  1. Williams DE, McAdam D. Assessment, behavioral treatment, and prevention of pica: clinical guidelines and recommendations for practitioners. Res Dev Disabil. 2012 Nov-Dec; 33(6):2050-7.
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  2. Napolitano DA, Smith T, Zarcone JR, Goodkin K, McAdam DB. Increasing response diversity in children with autism. J Appl Behav Anal. 2010; 43(2):265-71.
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  3. Tessing JL, Napolitano DA, McAdam DB, DiCesare A, Axelrod S. The effects of providing access to stimuli following choice making during vocal preference assessments. J Appl Behav Anal. 2006; 39(4):501-6.
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  4. Dicesare A, McAdam DB, Toner A, Varrell J. The effects of methylphenidate on a functional analysis of disruptive behavior: a replication and extension. J Appl Behav Anal. 2005; 38(1):125-8.
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  5. McAdam DB, Klatt KP, Koffarnus M, Dicesare A, Solberg K, Welch C, Murphy S. The effects of establishing operations on preferences for tangible items. J Appl Behav Anal. 2005; 38(1):107-10.
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  6. McAdam DB, Sherman JA, Sheldon JB, Napolitano DA. Behavioral interventions to reduce the pica of persons with developmental disabilities. Behav Modif. 2004 Jan; 28(1):45-72.
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  7. Marshall BL, Napolitano DA, McAdam DB, Dunleavy III JJ, Tessing JL, Varrell J. Venlafaxine and increased aggression in a female with autism. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003 Apr; 42(4):383-4.
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  8. McAdam DB, Zarcone JR, Hellings J, Napolitano DA, Schroeder SR. Effects of risperidone on aberrant behavior in persons with developmental disabilities: II. Social validity measures. Am J Ment Retard. 2002 Jul; 107(4):261-9.
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  9. Anderson MD, Sherman JA, Sheldon JB, McAdam D. Picture activity schedules and engagement of adults with mental retardation in a group home. Res Dev Disabil. 1997 Jul-Aug; 18(4):231-50.
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  10. O'Cleirigh CM, McAdam DB, Cuvo AJ. Behavioral interventions to reduce stereotypic behaviors of persons with visual impairments: a methodological review and critical analysis. Prog Behav Modif. 1994; 29:27-52.
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  11. McAdam DB, Cuvo AJ. Textual prompts as an antecedent cue self-management strategy for persons with mild disabilities. Behav Modif. 1994 Jan; 18(1):47-65.
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