IAR - Publications

Members of the iar team have published extensively in the area of autism and developmental disorders. The following is a list of selected journal articles and book chapters on autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities published by members of the research team.


Refereed Journal Articles 

Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Donnelly, J. P., Booth, A. J., Shanahan, A., Federiconi. V., McDonald, C. A., & Rodgers, J. D. (2016). Community effectiveness RCT of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment for high-functioning children with ASD. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1247359

McDonald, C. A.,  Lopata, C., Donnelly, J. P., Thomeer, M. L., Rodgers, J. D., & Jordan, A. K.  (in press). Informant discrepancies in externalizing and internalizing symptoms and adaptive skills of high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder. School Psychology Quarterly. 

Lopata, C., Lipinski, A. M., Thomeer, M. L., Rodgers, J. D., Donnelly, J. P., McDonald, C. A., & Volker, M. A. (in press). Open-trial pilot study of a comprehensive outpatient psychosocial treatment for high-functioning children with ASD. Autism. April, 7, 2016, doi: 10.1177/1362361316630201

Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Rodgers, J. D., Donnelly, J. P., & McDonald, C. A. (2016). RCT of Mind Reading as a component of a psychosocial treatment for high-functioning children with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 21, 25-36. doi: 10.1177/1362361316630201

McDonald, C. A., Lopata, C., Nasca, B., Donnelly, J. P., Thomeer, M. L., & Rodgers, J. D. (2016). ABAS-II adaptive profiles and correlates in samples of children with HFASD and LFASD. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 28(5), 769-783. doi: 10.1007/s10882-016-9508-y

Rodgers, J. D., Warhol, A., Fox, J. D., McDonald, C. A., Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Darrow, A. M., Szyszkowski, A. L., Biscotto, A. A., & Scheffield, T. (2016). Minimal risk of internalizing problems in typically-developing siblings of children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(8), 2554-2561. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0407-8

Lopata, C., Donnelly, J. P., Jordan, A. K., Thomeer, M. L., McDonald, C. A., & Rodgers, J. D. (2016).  Brief Report: Parent-teacher discrepancies on the Developmental Social Disorders Scale (BASC-2) in the assessment of high-functioning children with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(9), 3183-3189. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2851-0

Howorth, S. K., Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., & Rodgers, J. D. (2016).  Effects of TWA strategy on expository reading comprehension of high-functioning students with autism spectrum disorder. British Journal of Special Education, 43(1), 39-59. doi: 10.1111/1467-8578.12122

Volker, M. A., Dua, E. H., Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Toomey, J. A., Smerbeck, A. M., Rodgers, J. D., Popkin, J. R., Nelson, A. T., & Lee, G. K. (2016). Factor structure, internal consistency, and screening sensitivity of the GARS-2 in a developmental disabilities sample. Autism Research and Treatment.  Vol. 2016, Article ID 8243079, 12 pages. doi:10.1155/2016/8243079

Mercado, E., Church, B. A., Coutinho, M. V., C., Dovgopoly, A., Lopata, C., Toomey, J. A., & Thomeer, M. L. (2015). Heterogeneity in perceptual category learning by high functioning children with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 9(42), 1-15. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2015.00042  

Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Lipinski, A. M., Donnelly, J. P., Nelson, A., Smith, R. A., Booth, A. J., Rodgers, J. D., & Volker, M. A. (2015). Randomized clinical trail examining the effect of treatment intensity for a psychosocial treatment for high-functioning children with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 17, 52-63. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2015.06.002

Thomeer, M. L., Smith, R. A., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Lipinski, A. M., Rodgers, J. D., McDonald, C. A., & Lee, G. K. (2015). Randomized Control Trial of Mind Reading and in vivo rehearsal for high-functioning children with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2374-0

Church, B. A., Rice, C. L., Dovgopoly, A., Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Nelson, A., & Mercado, E. (2015). Learning, plasticity, and atypical generalization in children with autism. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. doi: 10.3758/s13423-014-0797-9

Rodgers, J. D., Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Lee, G. K., McDonald, C. A., Smith, R. A., & Biscotto, A. (2014). RCT of a psychosocial treatment for children with high-functioning ASD: Supplemental analyses of treatment effects on facial emotion encoding. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. doi: 10.1007/s10882-014-9409-x

McDonald, C. A., Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Fox, J. D., Donnelly, J. P., Tang, V., & Rodgers, J. D. (2014). VABS-2 ratings and predictors of adaptive behavior in children with HFASD. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. doi: 10.1007/s10882-014-9411-3

Lopata, C., Toomey, J. A., Thomeer, M. L., McDonald, C. A., Fox, J. D., Smith, R. A., Meichenbaum, D. L.,  Volker, M. A., Lee, G. K., & Lipinski, A. (2014). Community trial of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment for HFASDs. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/1088357614525662

McDonald, C. A., Volker, M. A., Lopata, C., Toomey, J. A., Thomeer, M. L., Lee, G. K., Lipinski, A. M., Dua, E. H., Schiavo, A. M., Bain, F., & Nelson, A. T. (2014). VMI-VI and BG-II KOPPITZ-2 for youth with HFASDs and typical youth. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 32(5), 379-389. doi: 10.1177/0734282913514351

Lopata, C., Smith, R. A., Volker, M. A., Thomeer, M. L., Lee, G. K., & McDonald, C. A. (2013). Comparison of adaptive behavior measures for children with HFASDs. Autism Research and Treatment, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/415989

Lopata, C., Toomey, J. A., Fox, J. D., Thomeer, M. L., Volker, M. A., & Lee, G. K. (2013). Prevalence and predicators of psychotropic use in children with high functioning ASDs. Autism Research and Treatment, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/384527

Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Volker, M. A., Lee, G. K., Smith, T. H., Rodgers, J. D., Smith, R. A., Gullo, G., McDonald, C. A., Mirwis, J., & Toomey, J. A. (2013). Open-trial pilot study of a comprehensive school-based intervention for high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Remedial and Special Education, 34(5), 269-281. doi: 10.1177/0741932512450518

Thomeer, M. L. (2012). Collaborative development and component trials of a comprehensive school-based intervention for children with HFASDs. Psychology in the Schools. 49(10), 955-962.  

Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Toomey, J. A., Lee, G. K., Smerbeck, A. M., Rodgers, J. D., McDonald, C. A., & Smith, R. A. (2012). Randomized clinical trial replication of a psychosocial treatment for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Psychology in the Schools, 49(10), 942-954.  

Lopata, C., Thomeer,M. L., Volker, M. A., Lee, G. K., Smith, T. H., Smith, R. A., McDonald, C. A., Rodgers, J. D., Lipinski, A. M., & Toomey, J. A. (2012). Feasibility and initial efficacy of a comprehensive school-based intervention for high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Psychology in the Schools, 49(10), 963-974.

Lopata, C., Thomeer,M. L., Volker, M. A., Lee, G. K., Smith, T. H., Rodgers, J. D., Smith, R. A., Gullo, G., McDonald, C. A., Mirwis, J., & Toomey, J. A. (2012). Open-trial pilot study of a comprehensive school-based intervention for high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Remedial and Special Education. doi: 10.1177/0741932512450518

Lee, G. K., Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., Schiavo, A. L., Volker, M. A., Smerbeck, A. M., Rodger, J. D., McDonald, C. A., Smith, R. A., Mirwis, J. E., Bain, F., Popkin, J., & Toomey, J. A. (2012). Coping strategies and perceived effectiveness of coping of social stressors among young children with HFASDs. Australian Children, 37(3), 108-114.

Lee, G. K., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Thomeer, M. L., Toomey, J. A., Smerbeck, A., M., Schiavo, A. L., & McDonald, C. A. (2012). Stress, Resiliency Factors, Quality of Life Among Caregivers of Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (HFASDs). The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling,18, 25-36. doi:10.1017/jrc.2012.5

Lopata, C., Fox, J. D., Thomeer, M. L., Smith, R. A., Volker, M. A., Kessel, C. M., McDonald, C. A., & Lee, G. K. (2012). ABAS-II ratings and correlates of adaptive behavior in children with HFASDs. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 24, 391-402. doi: 10.1007/s10882-012-9277-1

Putnam, S. K., Lopata, C., Fox, J. D., Thomeer, M. L., Rodgers, J. D., Volker, M. A., Lee, G. K., & Neilans, E. G. (2012). Comparison of saliva collection methods in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders: Acceptability and recovery of cortisol. Child Psychiatry and Development, 43(4), 560-573. doi: 10.1007/s10578-012-0284-3

Thomeer, M. L., Rodgers, J. D., Lopata, C., McDonald, C. A., Volker, M. A., Toomey, J. A., Smith, R. A., & Gullo, G. (2011). Open-trial pilot of Mind Reading and in vivo rehearsal for children with HFASDs. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26(3), 153-161. doi:10.1177/1088357611414876.

Church, B. A., Krauss, M. S., Lopata, C., Toomey, J. A., Thomeer, M. L., Coutinho, M. V., Volker, M. A., & Mercado, E. (2010). Atypical categorization in children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17(6), 862-868. doi:10.3758/PBR.17.6.862

Lopata, C., Toomey, J. A., Fox, J. D., Volker, M. A., Chow, S. Y., Thomeer, M. L., Lee, G. K., Rodgers, J. D., McDonald, C. A., & Smerbeck, A. M. (2010). Anxiety and depression in children with HFASDs: Symptom levels and source differences. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 38(6), 765-776. doi: 10.1007/s10802-010-9406-1.

Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L.,Volker, M. A., Nida, R. E., Lee, G. K., Toomey, J. A., Smerbeck, A. M., & Rodgers, J. D. (2010). RCT of a manualized social treatment for high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 1297-1310. doi: 10.1007/s10803-010-0989-8.

Volker, M. A., Lopata, C., Smerbeck, A. M., Knoll, V., Thomeer, M. L., Toomey, J. A., & Rodgers, J. D. (2010). BASC-2 PRS profiles for students with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 188-199. doi: 10.1007/s10803-009-0849-6

Volker, M. A., Lopata, C., Vujnovic, R. K., Smerbeck, A. M., Toomey, J. A., Rodgers, J. D., Schiavo, A. & Thomeer, M. L. (2010). Comparison of the Bender Gestalt-II and VMI-V in samples of typical children and children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 28(3), 187-200. doi: 10.1177/0734282909348216.

Volker, M. A., Lopata, C., Smith, D. A., & Thomeer, M. L. (2009). Facial encoding of children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 24, 195-204.

Lee, G. K. (2009). Fathers and mothers of children with high functioning autism: How well do they cope and adjust? Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 21(2), 93-114.

Lee, G. K., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Thomeer, M. L., Nida, R. E., Toomey, J. A., Chow, S. Y., & Smerbeck, A. M. (2009). Health-related quality of life of parents of children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 24, 227-239.

Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Putnam, S. K., Thomeer, M. L., & Nida, R. E. (2008). Effect of social familiarity on salivary cortisol and self-reports of social anxiety and stress in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1866-1877.

Volker, M. A., & Lopata, C. (2008). Autism: A review of biological bases, assessment, and intervention. School Psychology Quarterly, 23(2), 258-270.

Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Volker, M. A., Nida, R. E., & Lee, G. K. (2008). Effectiveness of a manualized summer social treatment program for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(5), 890-904.

Lopata, C., Hamm, E. M., Volker, M. A., Sowinski, J. E., & Thomeer, M. L. (2007). Motor and visuomotor skills of children with Asperger’s disorder: Preliminary findings. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 104, 1183-1192.

Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Volker, M. A., & Nida, R. E. (2006). Effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral treatment on the social behaviors of children with Asperger’s disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 21(4), 237-244.


 Books

Anderson, S. R., Jablonski, A., Thomeer, M. L., & Madaus-Knapp, V. (2007). Striving for independence: A guide to teaching lifeskills to young children with autism. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine Press.


Book Chapters

Lopata, C., Donnelly, J. P., & Thomeer, M. L. (2017). Anxiety and ASD in school-school related issues/IEP. In C. M. Kerns, P. Renno, E. A. Storch, P. C. Kendall, J. J. Wood, & (Eds.), Evidence based assessment and treatment of anxiety in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (pp. 211-230). Atlanta, GA: Elsevier.

Thomeer, M. L., Rodgers, J. D., Lopata, C., Nelson, A. T., & Booth, A. J. (2015). Achieving and maintaining intervention fidelity using a three-component implementation model in a comprehensive school-based psychosocial treatment for children with high-functioning ASD. In A. Valdez (Eds.), Autism spectrum disorders: Early signs, intervention options and family impact (pp. 129-156). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Lee, G. K., Sung, C., Skotarcza, L., & Thomeer, M. (2015). Community-based interventions for people with developmental disabilities. In: E. Epofu (Ed.). Community-oriented health services: Practices across discipline (pp. 293-314). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Lopata, C., & Thomeer, M. L. (2014). Autism and anxiety in school. In T. Davis, S. W. White, & T. Ollendick (Eds.), Handbook of autism and anxiety (pp. 201-214). New York: Springer.  

Lopata, C., Thomeer, M. L., Volker, M. A., & Lee, G. K. (2013). A manualized summer program for social skills in children with high-functioning ASD. In A. Scarpa, S. W. White, & T. Attwood (Eds.), CBT for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (pp. 199-225). New York, NY: Guilford.

Volker, M. A., Thomeer, M. L., Lopata, C., & Toomey, J. A. (2012). A case study: Pervasive developmental disorders. In A. Davis (Ed.), Psychopathology of childhood and adolescence: A neuropsychological approach (pp. 101-107). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Volker, M. A., Thomeer, M. L., & Lopata, C. (2012). Psychopathology of pervasive developmental disorders. In A. Davis (Ed.), Psychopathology of childhood and adolescence: A neuropsychological approach (pp. 51-100). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Lopata, C., Gitman, K., Toomey, J. A., Volker, M. A., Nida, R. E., Thomeer, M. L., & McDonald, C. A. (2009). Experimental study examining the effect of social familiarity on behavioral manifestations of stress and anxiety in children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. In P. Heidenreich & I. Pruter (Eds.), Handbook of stress: Causes, effects, and control. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Lee, G. K., Berry-Kaizmien, C., Volker, M. A., Lopata, C., Nida, R. E., Thomeer, M. L., & Rodgers, J. D. (2009). Psychosocial adjustment among caregivers raising children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASDs) – An application of the double ABCX model. In A. M. Columbus (Eds.), Advances in psychology research, volume 60 (pp. 37-58). Hauppauge, NY: NOVA Science.

Toomey, J. A., Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., & Thomeer, M. L. (2009). Comprehensive intervention for high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: An in-depth case study. In M. T. Burton (Eds.), Special education in the 21st century (pp. 95-118). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Lopata, C., Volker, M. A., Toomey, J. A., Chow, S. Y., & Thomeer, M. L. (2008). Asperger’s and other high functioning autism spectrum disorders: A review of group-based social enhancement research and a model for school-based social intervention. In D. H. Molina (Eds.), School psychology: 21st century issues and challenges (pp. 299-325). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.