Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

1st Edition - July 18, 2018

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  • Authors: Matthew Brodhead, David Cox, Shawn Quigley
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128140987
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128140994

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Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder is for behavior analysts working directly with, or supervising those who work with, individuals with autism. The book addresses important topics such as the principles and values that underlie the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s ® Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts, and factors that affect ethical decision-making. In addition, the book addresses critical and under-discussed topics of: scope of competence; evidence-based practice in behavior analysis; how to collaborate with professionals within and outside one’s discipline; and how to design systems of ethical supervision and training customized to unique treatment settings. Across many of the topics, the authors also discuss errors students and professionals may make during analyses of ethical dilemmas and misapplications of ethical codes within their practice.

Key Features

  • Reviews core ethical principles
  • Discusses factors that affect ethical decision-making
  • Describes how to create systems for teaching and maintaining ethical behavior
  • Discusses how to identify your own scope of competence in autism treatment
  • Describes the process of evidence-based practice and how it can be applied to behavior-analytic treatment for autism
  • Discusses the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and how to be a good collaborator
  • Reviews common mistakes students and supervisors make when analyzing ethical dilemmas, along with common misapplications of ethical codes


Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), entry-level paraprofessionals who work directly with children with ASD. Centers for autism will be interested in purchasing multiple copies of this manual for those they are training

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to ABA, Ethics and Core Ethical Principles
    2. Contextual Factors that Influence Ethical Decision-Making
    3. Creating Behavioral Systems to Support Ethical Behavior in Autism Treatment
    4. Scope of Competence
    5. Evidence-based Practice
    6. Interdisciplinary Collaboration
    7. Common Errors and Mistakes Made During Ethical Analyses and Application

Product details

  • No. of pages: 132
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: July 18, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128140987
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128140994

About the Authors

Matthew Brodhead

Matthew T. Brodhead, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Like many before him, his interests in behavior analysis and autism began at Croyden Avenue School in Kalamazoo, MI. Raised in Harbor Springs, Michigan, United States, he has an undying passion for spending time in the great outdoors. When he can’t get outside, he enjoys listening to and playing music, and in a previous life, he used to tour with a funk bank. You can learn more about his work by visiting his Web site,

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University, USA

David Cox

David Ph.D., M.S.B., BCBA-D is the Chief Data Officer at the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and Faculty of Behavior Analysis at Endicott College. He completed a Post-Doc in Computational Behavioral Economics at Johns Hopkins University, a Post-Doc in Data Science through the Insight Data Science Fellowship, a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at the University of Florida, an M.S. in Bioethics at Union Graduate College, and a B.S. in Psychology at Arizona State University. David has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of diagnoses spanning Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, obesity, and substance abuse/misuse. He has published 40+ peer-reviewed articles and one book spanning his research interests of quantitative and computational analyses of choice, verbal behavior, behavioral health, and ethical behavior. His current research uses machine learning and quantitative modeling to study the behavioral mechanisms of human choice and decision-making.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Data Officer, Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and Faculty of Behavior Analysis, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, USA

Shawn Quigley

Shawn Quigley is the Chief Operating Office for Melmark. Dr. Quigley received his Master’s in Education at Idaho State University and then went on to Western Michigan University where he completed his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. Prior to joining the Melmark team, he completed a post-doctoral psychology fellowship with the University of New Mexico Medical Group. He stayed with University of New Mexico Medical Group as a manager of behavior services, working to increase access to behavior analytic providers, supporting advocacy groups, and developing state regulatory guidelines for service delivery. Dr. Quigley has worked as a direct support professional, behavior analyst, trainer, and administrator providing services in homes, schools, residential and community settings. These experiences provided a strong foundation for understanding service development, regulatory requirements, scope of competence issues, and resource allocation. Dr. Quigley actively supports the profession through practice, research, teaching, and service.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Professional Development and Clinical Training, Melmark, Berwyn, PA, USA

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  • RichardStock Tue Oct 01 2019

    Practica Ethics for Effective Treatment

    Practica Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • ZackMigioia Sat Sep 29 2018


    Highly recommend this book.

  • KellyKohler Sun Sep 09 2018

    Excellent book!

    This is an excellent book for both practitioners and instructors. Very easy to read, and a very much needed addition to the literature on ethics in ABA.