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We are dedicated to conducting innovative research which will lead to best outcomes for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related neurological conditions.  Our mission is to conduct empirically validated research which will shape best practice in the areas of assessment, intervention, education and government policy.

Staff and students conduct research in a wide variety of areas including:

  • an investigation of evidence-based treatments and non-scientific practices in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder;
  • behavioural procedures to increase socially significant behaviour;
  • behavioural procedures to decrease and eliminate challenging behaviour;
  • longitudinal investigations of the effectiveness of applied behaviour analysis in the education and treatment of children with developmental disorders;
  • large scale Irish studies to inform policy makers in the area of service design and appropriate intervention;
  • the use of bio-feedback mechanisms in the treatment of challenging behaviour;
  • assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior;
  • evaluation of behavioural curricula to improve reading abilities;
  • validation of behavioural assessment tools;
  • investigations of the co-variation of variables within developmental disabilities;
  • comparison of treatment programmes for problem behaviours.


Research Programmes
PhD Applied Behaviour Analysis

Arlene Mannion

An Investigation of Co-occurring Disorders in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jennifer Hayes

Assessing and training affirmation and disconfirmation of relations as a generalized relational repertoire in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Amanda Nally 2010-present

An Investigation of Reading Abilities and Behavioural Intervention in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Aoife Wemyss

Autism and Intellectual Disability: An Investigation of Prevalence, Co-variation and Associated Risk Factors

Ciara Foody

Biobehavioural Analyses of Stress in Informal and Occupational Caregivers of Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Siri Ming

Conversational Generativity in the Language Development of Children with Autism

Aoife McTiernan

The effects of fluency instruction on behavioural repertoires across multiple populations

Laura Moran

Training and Developing a Protocol for Training and Assessment of  Relational Precursors and Abilities

Helena Lydon

A Systematic Evaluation of Behavioural and Non-Behavioural Treatments for Children with Autism

Clodagh Murray

Operant variability: An experimental analysis of consequential control over response variation

Michelle Kelly

Stimulus Overselectivity: An Experimental Analysis of Correlating Variables and Remediation Strategies across Populations


        pdf Duffy et al (2011)
    Programmes   Duffy et al (2011).pdf
        pdf Forde et al (2011)
    Research   Forde et al (2011).pdf
    Community   pdf McTiernan et al (2011)
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        pdf Lydon et al (2010)
    Contact Us   Lydon et al (2010).pdf
    About Us   pdf OConnor et al (2010)
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        pdf Grey et al (2009)
        Grey et al (2009).pdf
      pdf Leader et al (2009)
      Leader et al (2009).pdf
      pdf McGarrell et al (2009)
      McGarrell et al (2009).pdf
      pdf Reed et al (2009)
      Reed et al (2009).pdf

Conference Keynote Speakers



ICAN, in partnership with Autism Speaks and The American Ireland Fund, hosted Ireland's first International Autism Conference, 'Autism Spectrum Disorder: from Clinical Practice to Educational Provision' on January 12th - 13th, 2012.

Speakers from left to right: Lynn Brennan, Connie Kasari, Nancy Jones, Richard Foxx, Geraldine Leader, Laura Klinger, Joe McAllister.


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Students on the MSc in ABA are placed in Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention programmes, ASD Units and Adult Services.

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