Aubyn Stahmer

Aubyn Stahmer

Position Title
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis MIND Institute Director of Community-based Treatment Research, UC Davis MIND Institute


Research Interests 
Aubyn Stahmer, PhD is a clinical and research psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at UC Davis, Director of Community-based Treatment Research, UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research focuses on examining the use of evidence-based intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families in school and community settings. Current projects are focused on understanding how to best train teachers and early intervention providers in new effective practices, looking for active ingredients in autism treatment, examining new designs for parent-implemented interventions and adapting early treatment for use in underserved areas.

Selected Publications 

Stahmer, A. C., Rieth, S., Lee, E., Reisinger, E., Connell, J. E., & Mandell, D. S. (2015). Training teachers to use evidence-based practices for autism: The issue of fidelity of implementation. Psychology in the Schools, 52(2), 181-195.

Stadnick, N., Stahmer, A., & Brookman-Frazee, L. (2015). Initial findings from a community-based effectiveness study of Project ImPACT: A parent-mediated intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2376-y

Schreibman, L., Dawson, G., Stahmer, A.C., Landa, R., McGee, G., Kasari, C., Ingersoll, B., Kaiser, A., Rogers, S.J., Bruinsma, Y., McNeriney, E., Wetherby, A., Hallaway, A. (2015). Naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions: Empirically validated treatments for autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Online First DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2407-8.

Brookman-Frazee, L., Stahmer, A.C., Stadnick, N., Chlebowski, C., Herschel, A., & Garland, A. (2015). Characterizing the Use of Research-Community Partnerships in Studies of Evidence-Based Interventions in Children’s Community Services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, OnLine First DOI 10.1007/s10488-014-0622-9.

Schreibman, L. & Stahmer, A.C. (2014). A randomized trial comparison of verbal and pictorial naturalistic communication strategies for young children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(5), 1244-1251. PMC4005390

Stahmer, A. C., Suhrheinrich, J., Reed, S., & Schreibman, L. (2012). What works for you? Using teacher feedback to inform adaptations of an evidence-based practice for classroom use. Autism Research and Treatment, 1-11. Article ID 709861. PMC3506866

Stahmer, A.C., Akshoomoff, N.A., Cunningham, A.B., (2011). Inclusion for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: The first ten years of a community program. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 15, 1-17.

Stahmer, A.C., Brookman-Frazee, L., Lee, E., Searcy, K., & Reed, S. (2011). Parent and Multi-Disciplinary Provider Perspectives on Earliest Intervention for Children at-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Infants and Young Children, 24, 344-363. PMC3779141

Stahmer, A. C., Suhrheinrich, J., Reed, S., Schreibman, L., & Buldoc, C. (2011). Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching for Children with Autism. New York: Guilford.

Stahmer, A.C., Schreibman, L., Cunningham, A.B., (2011). Towards a technology of treatment individualization for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Brain Research, 1380, 229-239. (invited) PMID: 20858466

Stahmer, A. C. & Aarons, G. (2009). Attitudes toward adoption of evidence-based practices: A comparison of autism early intervention providers and children’s mental health providers. Psychological Services, 6, 223-234. PMC3143034

Schreibman, L.E., Stahmer, A.C., Barlett, V.S., & Dufek, S. (2009). Brief Report: Toward refinement of a predictive behavioral profile for treatment outcome in children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 163-172. PMC2614300

Stahmer, A. C., Sutton, D., Fox, L., & Leslie, L. K. (2008). State Part C agency practices and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 28, 99-108.

Stahmer, A. C. (2007). The basic structure of community early intervention programs for children with autism: Provider descriptions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1344-1354. PMC2084486

Baker-Ericzen, M., Stahmer, A. C., & Burns, A. (2007). Association of child demographics with child outcomes in a community-based pivotal response training program. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 9, 52-60.

Ingersoll, B., Schreibman, L., & Stahmer, A. C. (2001).  Differential treatment outcomes for children with autistic spectrum disorder based on level of peer social avoidance.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31, 343-349. PMID11518487

McDonough, L., Stahmer, A. C., Schreibman, L., & Thompson, S. J. (1997).  Deficits, delays and distractions:  An evaluation of symbolic play and memory in children with Autism.  Development and Psychopathology, 9, 17-41. PMID9089122

Stahmer, A.C. (1995).  Teaching symbolic play skills to children:  Generalization and maintenance of behavior changes.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 25, 123-141. PMID7559281