Wendy Machalicek

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Associate Professor
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 http://www.uoecs.org/. She is also an affiliated faculty of the Prevention Science graduate programs within the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department. She currently serves as the Interim Director of the Hedco Clinic in the College of Education. 

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. 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 HEART: Heightened Excellence in Autism Research and Training (HEART) which is an OSEP Leadership Grant to train doctoral students in autism, implementation science, and cultural adaptation of interventions. 

She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Neurorehabilitation http://informahealthcare.com/pdr, a Consulting Editor of Remedial and Special Education http://rse.sagepub.com/and an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities http://www.springer.com/psychology/child+%26+school+psychology/journal/10882. At the state level, she serves as the Chairperson of the Oregon Behavioral Analysis Regulatory Board which licenses behavior analysts in Oregon.


Ph.D., 2008, University of Texas at Austin
Major: Special Education
M.Ed., 2004, University of Texas at Austin
Major: Special Education
B.S., 2000, University of North Texas
Major: Biology


To date, Dr. Machalicek has 67 peer-reviewed publications and 10 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. (See CV for full list of publications)

Some representative publications 

*Denotes graduate student involvement, **Denotes undergraduate student involvement, Underlined denotes community collaborator

Raulston, T., & Machalicek, W. (in press). Early Intervention for Repetitive Behavior in Autism  Spectrum Disorder: A Conceptual Model. Journal of Physical and Developmental Disability.

Magaña, S., Lopez, K., & Machalicek, W. (2017). Parents taking action: A psycho-educational  intervention for Latino parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Family Process56(1), 59-74.

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 Disabilities121(3), 236-265.

McDuffie, A., Oakes, A., Machalicek, W., Bullard, L., & Abbeduto, L. (2016). Early language intervention using distance video-teleconferencing: A pilot study of young boys with fragile X syndrome and their mothers. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology25(1), 46-66. 

McDuffie, A., Oakes, A., Machalicek, W., Thurman, A., Summers, S., Stewart, A., & Abbeduto, L. (2015). Play with objects in young males with fragile X syndrome: A preliminary study. Journal of Communication Disorders53 17-29.


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 developmental delays including children with autism spectrum disorder and related disorders. 
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 Early Intervention in Special Education Research (EISER) lab meeting each term at 8am-9:30am Monday mornings at the Hedco Autism Research and Training Center at 1859 15th.