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Wendy Machalicek

Applied Behavior Analysis, College of Education, Special Education
Phone: 541-346-4404
Office: 142 Lokey Education Bldg


Wendy Machalicek, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor in Special Education and research faculty with Educational and Community Supports. She is also core faculty in the future Applied Behavior Analysis Program and an affiliated faculty of the Prevention Science graduate programs within the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department. Dr. Machalicek received her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in autism and developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her scholarship is focused on developing effective behavior analytic assessment practices and interventions addressing the behavioral and educational needs of young children (18 months - 8 years of age) with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities and single-case research design methods. She is particularly interested in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior and in evaluating ways to improve the acquisition, generalization, and sustained use of evidence-based practices by caregivers, teachers, and schools. She is the PI of Project CO-LEAD which is an OSEP Leadership Grant across the University of Oregon, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an aim to train 18 doctoral students as future faculty in the areas of autism, implementation science, and cultural adaptation of interventions. She is also the PI of the Institute for Education Sciences funded Methods Training Institute in Advanced Single-Case Research Design and Analysis and is a consultant for the revision of reviewer standards for single-case research (2020-present) for the IES WWC Statistical, Technical, and Analysis Team.

She is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Positive Behavior interventions, the Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Neurorehabilitation, and an Associate Editor of Remedial and Special Education. Internationally, she is on the Cochrane Rehabilitation advisory committee.


Ph.D., 2008, University of Texas at Austin
Major: Special Education, Emphasis Autism and Developmental Disabilities

M.Ed., 2004, University of Texas at Austin
Major: Special Education, Emphasis Autism and Developmental Disabilities

B.S., 2000, University of North Texas
Major: Biology


To date, Dr. Machalicek has 93 peer-reviewed publications and 14 book chapters pertaining to assessment and intervention to improve the communication and social skills, play, and challenging behavior of children and youth with autism and other developmental disability. These articles been published in a variety of journals, including the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Behavior Modification, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Machalicek actively engages students in applied research as evidenced by 48% of her publications including student co-authors. (See CV for full list of publications)

Some representative publications:

*Denotes graduate student involvement; **Denotes doctoral advisee involvement

Machalicek, W., Strickland-Cohen, M. K., Drew, C., & *Cohen-Lissman, D. (2021). Sustaining personal activism: Behavior analysts as anti-racist accomplices. Behavior Analysis in Practice. Advance online publication.

**St. Joseph, S., & Machalicek, W. (2021). Interventions supporting health-related routines for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A systematic literature review. Behavioral Interventions.

**Glugatch, L., & Machalicek, W. (2021). Examination of the effectiveness and acceptability of a play-based sibling intervention for children with autism: A single-case research design. Education and Treatment of Children, Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s43494-021-00043-5

**Wei, Q., Machalicek, W., & **Zhu, J. (2021). Acceptability of treatments for challenging behavior among Chinese caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Online first ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s10803-021-05196-1

**Kunze, M., Machalicek, W., **Wei, Q., **St. Joseph, S. (2021). Coaching via telehealth: Caregiver-mediated interventions for young children on the waitlist for an autism diagnosis using single-case design. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10, 1654.

**Crowe, R., Machalicek, W., Drew, C., & Ganz, J. (2021). Augmentative and alternative communication for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A mega review of the literature. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Advance online publication.

Raulston, T. J., Hansen, S. G., Frantz, R., Machalicek, W., & *Bhana, N. (2020). A parent implemented playdate intervention or young children with autism and their peers Journal of Early Intervention, 42(4), 303-320.

**Erturk, B., Hansen, S., Machalicek, W., & **Kunze, M. (2020). Parent-implemented early social communication intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Behavioral Education. Advance online publication

*Haq, S. S., Machalicek, W., Garbacz, S. A., & **Drew, C. (2018). Employing a fixed-lean multiple schedule in the treatment of challenging behavior for children with autism spectrum disorder. Behavior Modification, 42(4), 610-633.

Machalicek, W., **LeQuia, J., *Pinkelman, S., **Knowles, C., **Raulston, T., Davis, T., & **Alresheed, F. (2016). Behavioral telehealth consultation with families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Behavioral Interventions.

Machalicek, W., McDuffie, A., Oakes, A., *Ma, M., Thurman, A.J., Rispoli, M.J., & Abbeduto, L. (2016). Examining the operant function of challenging behavior in young children with fragile X syndrome: A summary of 12 cases. Research in Developmental Disabilities.

McDuffie, A., Bullard, L., Nelson, S., Machalicek, W., & Abbeduto, L. (2016). A spoken language intervention for school-aged boys with fragile X syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 121(3), 236-265.


Dr. Machalicek's scholarship focuses on the development and evaluation of individualized behavioral and educational practices that contribute to positive child, family, and school outcomes for young children with intellectual and developmental delays including children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities.

Dr. Machalicek works with undergraduate and masters students, and doctoral students to conduct applied research and is always interested in talking with students who are interested in obtaining experience in research. She holds a weekly Applied Behavior Analysis Research lab meeting each term. Interested students can learn more by emailing Dr. Machalicek at