Areas of Expertise
Applied Behavior Analysis
Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Empathy and autism
Variability of behavior
Schedules of Reinforcement
Reduction of disruptive and self-injurious behavior by individuals with disabilities
Ph.D., Psychology, The City University of New York, 2010.
M.A., Psychology, Queens College, CUNY, 2008
B.A., Psychology, Caldwell College, 2003.
I have been applying the principles of behavior analysis to the education of individuals with autism since 2003. I most recently served as the Clinical Director for a private school in New Jersey that educated 3-21 year old students with autism for 5 years. I am interested in working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism. I believe that each learner can succeed given the appropriate contingencies and support and can work towards being independent in their daily lives. I also believe that it is our responsibility to identify the skills that each learner enjoys and excels in to provide them the ability to reach that level of independence.
In addition to my clinical interests, I am interested in the application of behavior analysis to our daily lives. I want to fully understand how and which combination of variables mix together to cause much of the behavior we see today. I believe we can understand that behavior through the basic understanding of the principles that underlie it and the manipulation of the appropriate variables.
- Association for Behavior Analysis International
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Professional Behavior Analysts
- Florida Association for Behavior Analysis
- Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Drive for Autism grant for programmatic advancement, $7,500, 2014.
Night of Too Many Stars grant for programmatic advancement, $5,000, 2013.
Karma Foundation grant for programmatic advancement, $2,500, 2012.
Drive for Autism program supply grant, $3,000, 2012.
Night of Too many Stars grant for programmatic advancement, $8,000, 2011.
Publications & Presentations
Argott, P. J., Townsend, D. B., & Poulson, C. L. (2017). Acquisition and Generalization of Complex Empathetic Responses Among Children with Autism. Behavior Analysis in Practice. 10(2), 107-117. doi:10.1007/s40617-016-0171-7.
Argott, P.J. (2016). Career Paths in Psychology: How to use your degree, Dubuque, IA. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
English, B., Vladescu, J. C., Kodak, T., Argott, P J., & Kisamore, A. N. (2015) A comparison of differential reinforcement procedures on the acquisition of tacts in children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 918-923.
Argott, P J., Townsend, D. B., Sturmey, P, & Poulson, C. L. (2008) Increasing the Use of Empathic Statements in the Presence of a Non-Verbal Affective Stimulus in Adolescents with Autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2(2), 341-352.