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The Language and Behavior Center is committed to a research-informed practice

TLBC's Research Lab

The Language and Behavior Center's Research Lab was established to better inform the therapeutic services we provide on a daily basis. We work with children from 12 months to 12 years to advance developmentally appropriate interventions and teaching methods. 

O U R  R E S E A R C H  T E A M


Rebecca Murray, BCBA

My research interests include early language development for children with language delays, and using naturalistic interventions that utilize play as a vessel for teaching language. I'm also interested in early social-emotional skill acquisition, including coaching for teachers and parents to facilitate children’s social-emotional development. Additionally, I'm interested in collaboration with pediatricians to increase early screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am a first-year doctoral student in Special Education at the University of Maryland.


Rebecca Correll, PhD, BCBA

My research involves the study of parenting, specifically how to empower parents to better align their own parenting practices with their personal values. My current research analyzes the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Matrix to increase parents' use of positive parenting strategies. 


Additional research interests include the use of responsive ABA practices to better address the needs of autistic children.


Aliza Sial, BCBA

My research interests include methods for increasing communication skills in early learners, and utilizing Natural Environment Teaching and Play Based Interventions for the implementation of ABA goals. I am also interested in research around creating more culturally sensitive ABA practices to best service our diverse student population. 

Current Projects

TLBC's Research Lab is currently studying culturally responsive assessment, practice, and analysis to cultivate ABA services that best support the communities and families with which we work.


The research lab's current project involves validation of a rubric to assess the cultural responsiveness in ABA programming.

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Past Research

Past research includes studying effective methods for teaching perspective taking skills through teletherapy. The pivot to teletherapy created a demand for evidence-based teletherapy interventions and a better understanding of how children acquire skills through a virtual environment. Our lab studied different teaching methods and engagement strategies to best serve our clients.

TLBC's Research Lab is still in it's beginning stages, but our lab members have conducted previous research that contributes to the current direction of our lab:

Evaluating the effects of the ACT Matrix on values-aligned behaviors of parents of autistic children (R. Correll Dissertation, 2022)

Training Pediatricians to Implement Autism Screening Tools: a Review of the Literature (R. Murray & E.E. Barton, 2020)

Teaching Object Play to Young Children With Disabilities: A Systematic Review of Methods and Rigor (E.E. Barton, R. Murray, C. O'Flaherty, E.M. Sweeney, & S. Gossett, 2020)

Increasing Play Complexity in a Young Child With Autism (E.E. Barton, S. Gossett, M.C. Waters, R. Murray, & R. Francis, 2018)

The maturation of auditory responses in infants and young children: a cross-sectional study from 6 to 59 months (J.C. Edgar, R. Murray, E.S. Kuschner et al., 2015)

Artemis 123: development of a whole-head infant and young child MEG system (T.P.L. Roberts et al., 2014)

Thesis: Tactile Prompts to Increase Parent Attention (R. Correll, 2014)

Thesis: Reducing Parental Stress for Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Online Social Support (D. Sillery, 2014)


If you're interested in joining the lab or learning more about what we do, please contact Rebecca Correll:

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