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Wendy Machalicek

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Office Location: 
142 Lokey Education Building 1235 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-4404
Associate Professor
B.S., Biology, University of North Texas, 2000
M.Ed., Special Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2004
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
Research and Outreach Unit(s): 

Wendy Machalicek, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor in Special Education and research faculty with Educational and Community Supports 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 Major Director for Special Education Programs. Prior to joining faculty in Special Education at the University of Oregon, she was an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009-2011) and an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Portland State University (2008-2009).

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 directs Pearl Duck Autism Center, a collaboration between the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability's (UCEDD) Early Autism Research and Learning for the Young Child (EARLY) program and Pearl Buck Center. See for more information.

She is also Editor in Chief of Developmental Neurorehabilitation, a Consulting Editor of Remedial and Special Education an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities At the state level, she serves as the Chairperson of the Oregon Behavioral Analysis Regulatory Board which licenses behavior analysts in Oregon.



To date, Dr. Machalicek has co-authored 60 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 significant intellectual and 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 (from a total of 60 publications)

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

Lang, R., Machalicek, W., Rispoli, M., O'Reilly, M.F., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., Peters-Scheffer, N., & Didden, R. (in press). Play skills taught via behavioral intervention generalize, maintain, and persist in the absence of socially-mediated reinforcement in children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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

*Carnett, A., *Raulston, T, Lang, R., *Tostanoski, A., *Lee, A., Sigafoos, J., & Machalicek, W. (in press). Effects of a Perseverative Interest-Based Token Economy on Challenging and On-Task Behavior in a Childwith Autism. Journal of Behavioral Education.

*Rispoli, M., Camargo, S., Machalicek, W., Lang, R., Ninci, J., Strickland, E., & Sigafoos, J.  (in press). Functional communication training and signaled delay to reinforcement to treat problem behavior related tochanges in routines in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 

*Knowles, C., Machalicek, W., & Van Norman, R. (in press;early online). Parent Education for Adults with Intellectual Disability: A Review and Suggestions for Future Research. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 1-13.

*Lequia, J., & Machalicek, W., & *Lyons, G. (in press;online first). Enhancing Academic Engagement for Children with Developmental Disabilities through an Educational Parent Intervention. Behavioral Interventions.

McDuffie, A., Machalicek, W., Oakes, A., *Haebig, E., Weismer, S.E., & Abbeduto, L. (in press;online first). Distance video-teleconferencing in early intervention: Pilot study of a naturalistic parent-implemented language intervention. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 1-14. 

*Raulston, T. *Carnett, A., Lang, R. *Tostanoski, A., *Lee, A., Machalicek, W., Sigafoos, J., O’Reilly, M., & Didden, R. (in press). Teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorder to ask questions: A systematic

review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

*McDonald, T., & Machalicek, W. (2013). A systematic review of intervention research including adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: 1980-2011. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(11), 1439-1460.

Machalicek, W., O'Reilly, M.F., Rispoli, M., Davis, T., Lang, R., Hetlinger-Franco, J., & Chan, J. (2010). Training teachers to assess the challenging behaviors of student with autism using video tele-conferencing.

Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities45, 203-215.

Machalicek, W., O'Reilly, M.F., Chan, J., Lang, R., Rispoli, M., Davis, T., Shogren, K., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., Antonucci, M., Langthorne, P., Andrews, A., & Didden, R. (2009). Using videoconferencing to conduct

functional analysis of challenging behavior and develop classroom behavior support plans for students with autism. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44, 207-217.

Machalicek, W., Shogren, K., Lang, R., Rispoli, M.J., O'Reilly, M.F., Sigafoos, J., & Hetlinger-Franco, J. (2009). Increasing play and decreasing the challenging behavior of children with autism during recess with activity schedules and task correspondence training. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 547-555.

Machalicek, W., O'Reilly, M.F., Chan, J., Rispoli, M., Lang, R., Davis, T., Shogren, K., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., Langthorne, P. (2009) Using videoconferencing to support teachers to conduct preference assessments with students with autism and developmental disabilities. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 32-41.

Machalicek, W., O'Reilly, M.F., Beretvas, N., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., Sorrells, A., Lang, R., & Rispoli, M. (2008). A review of school-based instructional interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2, 395-416.



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 in natural settings 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 (email for information on times).