Autism Partnership Foundation is dedicated to conducting and supporting research to advance our knowledge and understanding of the most effective and efficient treatment methods for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our Research Department continues to make innovative contributions to the scientific literature in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and ASD.
Navigating the world of autism treatment can be perplexing and overwhelming. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting evidence-based procedures through research that focus on developing quality treatment for individuals with ASD. Currently, the Research Department is conducting a range of studies to evaluate and develop effective means of teaching social skills to children of all ages, evaluate the use of group teaching, gain a better understanding of treatments that lead to greater skill acquisition, evaluate ways to better support parents and train staff, and a wide range of strategies related to applied behavior analysis and ASD treatment.
About Justin Leaf, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Justin Leaf is the Director of Research and Training for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science and his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Justin worked directly under the mentorship of Dr. James Sherman and Dr. Jan Sheldon.
Justin has over ten years of clinical and research experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.His research interests include looking at ways to improve social skills for children and adolescents with ASD, developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, and evaluating long term outcomes for children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD. Justin has taught graduate level courses in applied behavior analysis and research methodologies. Additionally, Justin has published several articles in peer reviewed journals; has presented at national and state conferences and invited events; and has consulted on research projects nationally and internationally.
For more information about our research and how you can participate in a current or future Autism Partnership Foundation study, please contact Justin Leaf, Ph.D. by completing the contact form below.