Autumn N. McKeel, Ph.D., BCBA - D

Autumn McKeel

Assistant Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis

Office Location: Alumni 111
Telephone Number: 630-844-6186
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My background has allowed me to experience a variety of roles in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): a teacher, a researcher, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in educational, rehabilitation, in-home, and clinical settings.  My students will also play many roles in their future careers. It is imperative that they understand the fundamental principles of ABA, as well convey the ability to utilize such principles in clinical settings.  My goal is to show my students that ABA is useful in all aspects of our environments.

PhD, Rehabilitation: Applied Behavior Analysis - Southern Illinois University
MS, Behavior Analysis and Therapy - Southern Illinois University
BA, Psychology - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Areas of Specialization

Assessment and Treatment Implementation for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Behavior Disorders
Translational Application of Self-control and Choice Making
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Complex Human Behavior

Courses Taught
Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
Clinical and Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis
Behavioral Interventions
Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

Highlights of Publications
Dixon, M. R., DeLia, D. K., McKeel, A. N., & Martin, J. (in press). Self-control and acquired brain injury: Insensitivity to reinforcement magnitude. Psychological Record.

Dixon, M. R., Parker-Singler, S., McKeel, A. N., & Martin, J. (under review). A comparison of function based and tangible consequences in the development of self-control. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dixon, M. R., & McKeel, A. N. (2010). Self-management.  In Luiselli, J. K. (Ed.), Teaching and behavior support for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders: A “How To” practitioner’s guide. (pp. 111-116).  New York: Oxford University Press.

Dixon, M. R., & McKeel, A. N. (2013). (In press). Self-management and Self-regulation.  In Luiselli, J. K. (Ed.), Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Recent Advances and Innovations in Assessment, Education, and Intervention. New York: Oxford University Press.

McKeel, A. N. & Dixon, M. R. (under review). A self-control training procedure using conditional discrimination with children. 

McKeel, A. N. & Dixon, M. R. (under review). Expanding the concept of self-control from a contextual behavior science perspective. 

Nastally, B. L., Dixon, M. R., McKeel, A. N., & Fleming, M. (2010). Teaching healthy food choices through stimulus equivalence. Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine, 1, 119-126.

Professional Contributions
McKeel, A. N. (2013). Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment and Techniques Training    for Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals. Moline, IL.

McKeel, A. N. & Dixon, M. R. (2013). An Investigation of the reliability and validity of PEAK Relational Training System: An effective behavioral intervention for children with autism and developmental disabilities.  Paper presented at the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Minneapolis, MN.

McKeel, A. N. & Dixon, M. R. (2012). A Self-control Procedure via Conditional Discrimination Training with Children who have Impulsive Behaviors.  Paper presented at the Association of Contextual Behavior Science, Washington D.C.

McKeel, A. N. (2012). Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Training for Clinicians and Direct Care Staff. NeuroRestorative.  

McKeel, A. N., Dixon, M. R., Whiting, S. W., & Smith, Jamie, M. (2012).  An Evaluation of Mindfulness Techniques on Slot Machine Play.  Poster presented at SIUC Town Hall Meeting & Research Fair, Carbondale, IL.

McKeel, A. N., Little, S., Batterman, B., Evans, J. & Dixon, M. R. (2011).  A Trial-based Approach to a Functional Analysis in a Rehabilitation Setting.  Poster presented at Mid-American Association of Behavior Analysis (MABA), Bloomingdale, IL.

McKeel, A. N. & Dixon, M. R. (2011). Manipulating Skinner’s Verbal Operants in an Online Class: A Preliminary Analysis.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Denver, CO.