Kylan Turner

Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons Program


  • December, 2012 Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh 
    Concentrations: Special Education, Early Intervention, Applied Behavior Analysis
  • December, 2008 M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh 
    Concentrations: Special Education, Early Intervention, Autism
  • August, 2006 B. Phil., University of Pittsburgh Honors College 
    Majors: Psychology, Philosophy


  • January 2020-Present
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health Applied Behavior Analyst License Number: LABA2945
  • November, 2017-Present 
    State of Rhode Island Department of Health Behavior Analyst License Number: LBA00119
  • May, 2010-Present 
    Board Certification in Behavior Analysis-Doctoral Certification Number: 1-10-6907

About Me

I am a practicing doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA-D®), an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Behavior Analysis, and the Program Director of Behavior Analysis Online @Simmons University.

Area of Expertise

Generally, I am interested in conducting evaluations of interventions to address challenging behavior. Specifically, I have specialized in researching interventions provided through caregiver training to address prevalent sleep and feeding behavior problems in children with autism. To that end, I have developed an interest in refining functional behavior assessment methods to analyze caregiver-nominated target problem behaviors to increase family engagement in treatment. Additionally, I have researched the efficacy and feasibility of service delivery models of ABA such as telehealth, group caregiver workshops, and manualized training packages in developing countries, traditionally underserved, and rural areas. Finally, I have a strong interest in the dissemination of behavior analysis across disciplines, particularly by employing combinations of single subject and group design methodologies.

What I Teach

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (MS Program)
  • Methodologies for Behavior Change I (MS Program)
  • Behavioral Assessment (MS Program)
  • Ethics and Legal Issues (MS Program)
  • Verbal Behavior (MS Program)
  • Advanced Group Design and Statistical Analysis (PhD Program)
  • Behavior Analysis in Higher Education (PhD Program)


Guinness, K. E., Chase, P. N., Turner, K. S., & Axe, J. B. (2023). Effects of Behavioral Instruction and Feedback Checklists on Graphing Conventions. Journal of Behavioral Education, 1-32.

Rotheram-Fuller E., Turner K., Ray J. (2022). Cultural Acceptability of ABA Parent Training for ASD. International Journal of Autism & Relat Disabil 5, (160).

Guinness, K. E., & Turner, K. S. (2022). Program Characteristics and Certification Examination Pass Rates: A Statistical Analysis of BACB-Published 2015–2019 Data. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 15(3), 677-683.

Sheridan, E., Gillespie, S., Johnson, C.R., Lecavalier, L., Smith, T., Swiezy, N., Turner, K., Pritchett, J., Mruzek, D.W., Evans, A.N., Bearss, K., Scahill, L. (2021) Using Parent Target Problem narratives to evaluate outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.

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:

Bearss, K., Johnson, C., Smith, T., Lecavalier, L., Swiezy, N., Aman, M., McAdam, D.B., Butter, E., Stillitano, C., Minshawi, N., Sukhodolsky, D., Mruzek, D.W., Turner, K., Neal, T., Hallett, V., Mulick, J.A., Green, B., Handen, B., Deng, Y., Dziura, J., Scahill, L. (2015). Effect of parent training versus parent education on behavioral problems in children with autism spectrum disorder: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 313(15), 1524-1533.

Johnson, C. R., Turner, K., Stewart, P., Schmidt, B., Shui, A., Macklin, E., . . . Hyman, S. L. (2014). Relationships between feeding problems, behavioral characteristics and nutritional quality in children with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2095-9

Johnson, C.R., Turner, K.S., Foldes, E., Brooks, M., Kronk, R., & Wiggs, L. (2013). Behavioral parent training to address sleep disturbances in young children with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot trial. Sleep Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2013.05.013

Turner, K.S., & Johnson, C.R. (2012). Behavioral interventions to address sleep disturbances in children with autism spectrum disorders: A review. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. doi:10.1177/0271121412446204

Johnson, C.R., Turner, K.S., Foldes, E., Malow, B.A., & Wiggs, L. (2012). Comparison of sleep questionnaires in the assessment of sleep disturbances in children with autism spectrum disorders. Sleep Medicine, 13, 795-801. doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2012.03.005

Kaczmarek, L.A., Turner, K.S., & Alfieri, J. (2011). Early Childhood Interventions. In Lubetsky, M. (Ed.), Autism Handbook. Oxford Press Psychiatry Series.

Taylor, J.P., Turner, K.S., & Handen, B. (2011). Evidence Based Practice. In Lubetsky, M. (Ed.), Autism Handbook. Oxford Press Psychiatry Series.

Turner, K.S., Pletcher, J.R., & Johnson, C.R. (2011). Autism Spectrum Disorders. In R.J. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.

Johnson, C.R., Handen, B.L., Zimmer, M., Sacco, K., & Turner, K. (2010). Effects of Gluten Free / Casein Free Diet in Young Children with Autism: A Pilot Study. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 213-225. doi:10.1007/s10882-010-9217-x

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • 2009-Present Association for Behavior Analysis International


  • 2009-2011 Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship, Children's Hospital of UPMC
  • 2008 Mullins Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh