Instruction in Functional Assessment is a resource for students who plan to pursue a career in education, mental health, and related disciplines. Dr. Marcie Desrochers has expertise in the area of functional assessment, applied behavior analysis, and treatment of behavior disorders. Dr. Moira Fallon possesses expertise in the area of inclusive education and curricula design. Together, they have been able to combine their knowledge and skills to describe the application of functional assessment in educational settings. The resulting work expertly details a complex clinical procedure, functional assessment, by providing important introductory material such as the cause and prevalence of behavior disorders, the behavioral principles that underlie functional assessment, and practical considerations for conducting a functional assessment. The material is based on empirically-supported research, and the authors present the information in a well-written and easy to follow format. In addition, the text offers focus questions to serve as identifiers for critical information presented within each chapter. Case examples and role-play scenarios are also included to facilitate student acquisition of the material. Unlike other reviews or functional assessment, this book is very process-focused and places an emphasis on linking assessment outcomes to intervention development—a socially relevant outcome for any child or educator who is affected by challenging behavior. This is a highly recommended text and one that I plan to use in my own practice.
Henry S. Roane, Ph.D.
The G. S. Liptak Professor of Child Development,
Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University
Dr. Roane received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University in 2000. He is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and serves on the editorial boards of five professional journals. Dr. Roane previously served on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Dr. Roane has published 70 papers in various peer-reviewed journals and books and has given over 200 presentations at national and international conferences. He research and clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior displayed by individuals with developmental disabilities.