Melissa HaleMelissa Hale, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Associate Director, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D.)

University of Florida, 2002,

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Bio

Publications

Bio

Dr. Hale received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida (2002) with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis. Prior to graduating, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Hale serves as the Associate Director of UM-NSU CARD and as the clinical supervisor of the UM Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic (ASAC). She is a licensed psychologist (Florida) and a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Through her work with UM-NSU CARD, Dr. Hale provides client and family support, professional trainings, public education, community outreach and programmatic/school consultation on issues related to autism spectrum disorders. At ASAC, Dr. Hale provides training and supervision to psychological trainees (graduate students, pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows) in the provision of diagnostic, treatment and evaluation services. Dr. Hale also supports UM faculty by conducting research reliable (e.g., ADOS) diagnostic autism evaluations for various research projects. Dr. Hale has worked extensively with individuals with autism for over 15 years and has presented at numerous local and national conferences on topics related to autism spectrum disorders.

Publications

Gutierrez, A. Jr., Fischer, A. J., Hale, M., Durocher, J. S., & Alessandri, M. (2013). Differential Response Patterns to the Control Condition Between Two Procedures to Assess Social Reinforcers for Children with Autism. Behavioral Interventions, 28, 353-361.

Gutierrez, A. Jr., Hale, M. N., O'Brien, H. A., Fischer, A. J., Durocher, J. S., & Alessandri, M. (2009). Evaluating the effectiveness of two commonly used discrete trial procedures for teaching receptive discrimination to young children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 630-638

Gutierrez, A. Jr., Hale, M. N., Gossens-Archuleta, K., & Sobrino-Sanchez, V. (2007). Evaluating the social behavior of preschool children with autism in an inclusive playground setting. International Journal of Special Education, 22, 25-29.