Kylan Turner

Associate Professor of Practice of Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Analysis


  • PhD in Early Intervention, University of Pittsburgh
  • MEd in Early Intervention with Autism Specialization, University of Pittsburgh
  • BPhil in Psychology and Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh


  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst (Rhode Island)

About Me

Kylan S. Turner is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral® (BCBA-D®) and has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families since 2003. She began working clinically in the direct service field under the auspices of Pennsylvania’s Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) agencies serving individuals and their families in their homes, schools, and communities. Later, she continued providing services indirectly as a consultant and clinical researcher, designing and implementing parent training programs to address challenging behaviors through a hospital-based clinic.

The focus of Dr. Turner’s clinical service delivery has been on training families, teachers, and other caregivers to directly address children’s challenging behaviors, learn new skills, and improve independent functioning using the principles of behavior analysis. The primary goal of this work has been to focus on the maintenance and generalization of such skills while also improving the feasibility of the service delivery model.

Dr. Turner’s research interests include evaluations of behavioral interventions with the goal of identifying the most effective treatments for children with autism. Specifically, she has specialized in the development of behavioral interventions provided through parent training to address prevalent sleep and feeding behavior problems in children with autism. An additional focus of her research is assessing the efficacy and feasibility of service delivery models of ABA in developing countries, traditionally under-served, and rural areas. She has presented at conferences, delivered workshops, and taught courses internationally. She also recently published a textbook guiding instruction to teach the Functional Behavior Assessment process to graduate students studying Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Turner is currently an associate professor of practice for [email protected]

Area of Expertise

  • Behavioral parent training
  • Behavioral treatment of sleep problems for individuals with autism
  • Behavioral treatment of feeding problems for individuals with autism
  • Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior
  • Functional Behavior Assessment

What I Teach

  • BEHVO 465: Verbal Behavior
  • BEHVO 426: Behavioral Assessment
  • BEHVO 466: Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • DABA 695: Advanced Experimental Design

Community Engagement

  • 2018-2019 Center for Faculty Excellence STAR Scholar
  • [email protected] Admissions Webinar Presenter
  • Doctoral Student Dissertation Committee Member



Thorkelson, G., Laughlin, S.F., Turner, K.S., Ober, N., & Handen, B.L. (2019). SSRI Monotherapy for Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Chart Review. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Aponte, C. A., Brown, K. A., Turner, K., Smith, T., & Johnson, C. (2018). Parent training for feeding problems in children with autism spectrum disorder: A review of the literature. Children's Health Care, 1-24. DOI:

Turner, K.S. (2018). Functional Behavior Assessment: Case studies and practice. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Boutot, E.A., Turner, K., & DiGangi, S.A. (2018). Behavioral interventions for students with intellectual disability. In E. Bouck & R. Gargiulo (Eds.) Instructional strategies for students with mild, moderate, and severe intellectual disability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Scahill, L., Bearss, K., Lecavalier, L., Smith, T., Swiezy, N., Aman, M.G., … Johnson, C.J. (2016). Effect of parent training on adaptive behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder and disruptive behavior: Results of a randomized trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. DOI:


Dittrich, G.A., Jin, S., & Turner, K.S. (2018, May). Behavioral Medicine SIG of ABAI Presents: Beginning a line of research in behavioral medicine. Chair: J.R. Mias. Panel conducted at the 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, CA.

Turner, K.S., Rotheram-Fuller, E., Parra, L., Pinon, T., Park, H., & Miller, P. (2016) Spanish Language Applied Behavior Analysis Parent Training for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Paper presented at the Applied Behavior Analysis International Convention, Chicago, IL.


Rotheram-Fuller, E., Turner, K., Park, Pinon, T., & Parra, L. (2016) ABA Parent Training in Spanish for Children with ASD. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Rotheram-Fuller, E., Turner, K., Park, H., Martinez, D., Matthews, N., & Smith, C. (2016) Elementary School Impact of Early ABA Intervention. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) 2009-present
  • Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) 2019-present