Robert Shapiro

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Education School of Education
Robert Shapiro
978.665.3511 Office: McKay C184
Office Hours
Fall 2020

TBA

Biography

Dr. Robert Shapiro has a Ph. D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College.  He is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate programs.  He is the founder of Shapiro Educational & Behavioral Consultants, an agency providing Applied Behavior Analysis supports for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout Central Massachusetts.  Previously, he served as the clinical director of the Darnell School, a private school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Hudson, MA, and as a Behavior Analyst and administrator at the Devereux School.  He has also provided behavior analytic consultation to more than 20 school districts and private agencies, targeting improved student behavior management and acquisition of learning targets. 

Courses Taught

Students with Emotional/Behavioral and Autism Spectrum Disorders (SPED 3020)
Classroom Behavior Support (SPED 3720)
Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (SPED 8013)
Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Severe Disabilities (SPED 8020)
Behavior Changes Procedures (SPED 8029)
Implementation, Management and Supervision (SPED 8033)
Supervision in Applied Behavior Analysis (SPED 8035)
Positive Behavior Support for Students with Disabilities (SPED 8180)
Strategies for Creating a Positive Learning Environment (EDUC 7127)
Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Chair, Education

Background

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S., Fitchburg State University
Ph.D., Simmons College

Service Learning, Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders

  1. Shapiro. R.L. (2019). Using a service learning model to teach social emotional learning and positive behavior supports. Presented at the 30th Annual National Service-Learning Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  1. Shapiro. R.L. (2019). Verbal behavior is behavior. Presented as continuing education to The Darnell School, Hudson, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2019). Positive behavior supports: Tier II interventions. Presented as part of The Autism Community Therapists continuing education series, Acton, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. & Garofoli, L. (2018). Executive functioning strategies to reduce procrastination in university students.  Presented at the 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, California.
  1. Shapiro, R.L.(2018). Service learning: Redesigning a university course in classroom behavior support to benefit students and the community.  Presented at the 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, California.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2016). Anxiety and trauma in people with autism spectrum diagnoses. Presented as continuing education and parent enrichment for The Darnell School, Hudson, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. and Gay, N. (2014). Applied behavior analysis and trauma-informed care.  Presented at the 2014 American Association for Children’s Residential Centers Annual Conference, San Francisco, California.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2013). Functional behavior assessment.  Presented at the 2013 American Association for Children’s Residential Centers Annual Conference, Jersey City, New Jersey.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2012) Supervisory interventions designed to increase Medicaid compliance in clinicians’ progress notes.  Presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2012). Let the data fill in the blanks.  Presented at the 34th Annual Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools Annual Conference and Vendor Exposition, Marlborough, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2011). Functional behavior assessment: Gaining information to guide treatment planning. Presented at the 33rd Annual Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools Annual Conference and Vendor Exposition, Marlborough, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2010). Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Presented to the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2009). A behavior-analytic approach to hypoglycemia discrimination for pediatric type 1 diabetes. Presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L., Mayer, M., Salome, S., and Muirhead, K. (2009). An intervention package designed to reduce vocally disruptive behavior: How parametric analysis found its heart. Presented at the 30th Annual Conference of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Amherst, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2009). The matching law: History and application. Presented as part of Horace Mann Educational Associates’ continuing education series for Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Hudson, Massachusetts.
  1. Shapiro, R.L. & White, E. (2006). Designing behavioral interventions based on a constructional approach: Building on existing repertoires. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Reno, Nevada
  1. Shapiro, R.L., Piniarski, L.J., & O’Shea, S. (2005). Strategies for improving accuracy and retention of physical crisis intervention techniques. Presented at the 31st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2005). Using visual prompts to enhance accuracy in implementation of physical crisis management techniques. Presented at the 31st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois
  1. O’Shea, S. & Shapiro, R.L. (2005). Improving retention rates of physical crisis intervention strategies through the use of video self-modeling. Presented at the 31st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2005). Using sonic feedback to enhance task accuracy and efficiency: An application of data sonification. Presented at the 31st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2004). Exploring the potential of data sonification. Presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Boston, Massachusetts
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2004). Correspondence training: An examination of the paradigm with practical applications. Presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Boston, Massachusetts
  1. Shapiro, R.L. (2004). Using correspondence training to enhance accuracy of crisis intervention techniques in a human services agency. Presented at the 5th International Conference of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, Boston, Massachusetts
  1. Shapiro, R.L. & Geary, W.J. (2003). Impacts of comprehensive functional assessments and varying reinforcement schedules on the effectiveness of extinction procedures. Presented at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, California
JOURNAL ARTICLES
  1. Shapiro. R.L. (2020). Redesigning a university class in classroom behavior support: Social emotional learning and positive behavior support strategies taught through service-learning. Currently accepted for publication in the Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education.
  1. Cameron, M.J., Shapiro, R.L., & Ainsleigh, S.A. (2005). Bicycle riding: Pedaling made possible through positive behavioral interventions. Journal of Positive Behavior Support, 7, 153-158.

Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy