Directory » LACI WATKINS
 201M EPRC
Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae
Laci Watkins, PhD, BCBA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her research and teaching are closely informed by her prior experience as a special educator in public schools and her continued work and collaborations in these settings. Dr. Watkins's research focuses on strategies to support the inclusion of autistic students in schools and communities, peer-mediated interventions and social interaction, examining the social validity of behavioral interventions, improving teacher implementation of evidence-based practices in authentic educational settings, and statistical analysis of single case experimental design research to better determine for whom and under what conditions certain practices are most effective. Dr. Watkins is also interested in multidisciplinary collaborations in autism research and training. She teaches courses on inclusive special education, behavioral interventions, and single case experimental design and provides training, supervision, and mentorship to graduate students. With her Autism & Inclusion lab group, Dr. Watkins and her team have been actively involved in community-based research partnerships seeking to improve outcomes for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Watkins has been awarded federal funding to support her work and received several recognitions for her high impact research.

Dr. Watkins is accepting PhD students for Fall 2024.

Ph.D., Special Education, Autism & Developmental Disabilities, University of Texas at Austin
M.S., Urban Education, Mercy College
M.A., English and Creative Writing, University of St Andrews
B.A., English Literature, Barnard College, Columbia University
EPSY 630. Single Case Experimental Design
SPED 601. Assessment in School Settings
SPED 602. Ethics and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 699. Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
Journal Articles
Fedewa, M., Watkins, L., Barber, A., & Baggett, J. (2023). Supporting social play of preschoolers with and without autism: A collaborative approach for special educators and speech language pathologists. Early Childhood Education Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10643-023-01488-6 [published with student]
Friedman, N.R., Watkins, L., Barnard-Brak, L., Barber, A., & White, S.W. (2023). De-implementation of low-value practices for treating autism spectrum disorder. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. DOI:10.1007/s10567-023-00447-2 [published with student]
Watkins, L., Fedewa, M., Hu, X., & Ledbetter-Cho, K. (2023). A teacher facilitated peer-mediated intervention to support interaction between students with and without autism. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 7(2), 252-267. [published with student]
Watkins, L., White, S.W., McDaniel, S., Fedewa, M., Cohen, D., & Kana, R. (2023). Including students with autism within the PBIS framework: Recommendations for research and research-informed practice. Preventing School Failure. DOI: 10.1080/1045988X.2023.2212631 [published with student]
Barnard‐Brak, L., Watkins, L., & Richman, D. M. (2021). Autocorrelation and estimates of treatment effect size for single‐case experimental design data. Behavioral Interventions, 36(3), 595-605.
Barnard-Brak, L., Watkins, L., & Richman, D. (2021). Optimal number of baseline sessions before changing phases within single-case experimental designs: A secondary analysis. Behavioural Processes, 191, 104461.
Watkins, L., Tomeny, T., O’Reilly, M., Sillis, K., & Zamora, C. (2021). A naturalistic behavioral intervention to increase interaction between siblings with and without autism. Behavior Modification, 45(6), 863-886
Ledbetter-Cho, K., O’Reilly, M., Watkins, L., Lang, R., Lim, N., Davenport, K., & Murphy, C. (2020). The effects of a teacher-implemented video-enhanced activity schedule intervention on the mathematical skills and collateral behaviors of students with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 53, 553-568.
Watkins, L., O’Reilly, M., Kuhn, M., & Ledbetter-Cho, K. (2019). An interest-based intervention package to increase peer social interaction in young children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 132-149.
Watkins, L., Kuhn, M., Ledbetter-Cho, K., Gevarter, C. & O'Reilly, M. (2017). Evidence-based social communication interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 84, 68-75.
Watkins, L., O'Reilly, M., Kuhn, M., Gevarter, C., Lancioni, G.E., Sigafoos, J., & Lang, R. (2015). A review of peer-mediated social interaction interventions for students with autism in inclusive settings. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 1070-1083.
Behavioral Interventions top cited article of 2022
Behavioral Interventions top cited article of 2021
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis most read article of 2019
Recipient of the 2018 Springer-Nature Change the World Initiative in Medicine and Public Health category