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Elizabeth Lorah

Elizabeth Lorah

Assistant Professor of Special Education

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-2000

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Dr. Elizabeth R. Lorah is an assistant professor in the Special Education department at the University of Arkansas.  She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She has more than a decade of experience in behavior analysis and autism treatment.  Her research interests include the use of technology in autism intervention.  In addition to her research, Dr. Lorah teaches courses in Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Behavior Analytic Autism Treatment

Technology in Behavior Analysis 

Augmentative and Alternative Communication 

Human Performance Improvement

Learning and Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis

Human Performance Improvement 

Functional Analysis 

Verbal Behavior 

Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis (Fall)

Measurment and Experimental Design, Single Subject Research Design (Fall)

Behavior Change Procedures (Spring)

Practicum in ABA (Spring)

Ethics in Behavior Analysis (Summer)

Assessment in Behavior Analysis- Functional Analysis (Summer) 

Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

M.S.Ed. Behavior Analysis, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

B.A. Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Refereed Journal Publications

Lorah, E. R., Karnes, A., & D. R. Speight.  (2015).  The acquisition of intraverbal responding using a speech-generating device in school         aged children with autism. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 27, 557-568.    

Gilroy, S. P., Lorah, E. R., Dodge, J., & Fiorello, C.  (2015).  Establishing deictic repertoires in autism.  Research in Autism Spectrum        Disorder.  DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2015.04.004

Lorah, E. R., Hineline, P. N., & Gilroy, S. P.  (2014).  The establishment of peer manding and listener responding in young children with    autism.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 8, 61-67. 

Lorah, E. R., Crouser, J., Gilroy, S. P., Tincani, M., & Hantula, D.  (2014).  Within stimulus prompts to teach picture discrimination using a  speech-generating device.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.  DOI: 10.1007/s10882-014-2314-4. 

Lorah, E. R. & Parnell, A.  (2014).  The acquisition of letter writing using a portable multi-media player in young children with developmental  disabilities.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.  DOI: 10.1007/s-014-9386-0. 

Lorah, E. R., Parnell, A., & Speight, D. R.  (2014).  Acquisition of sentence frames using the iPad as a speech-generating device in young    children with developmental disabilities.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder, 8, 1634-1740. 

Lorah, E. R., Parnell, A., Schafer Whitby, P., & Hantula, D.  (2014).  A systematic review of tablet computers and portable media players as  speech generating devices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.  DOI:            10.1007s/014-2314-4. 

Lorah, E. R., Tincani, M., Dodge, J., Gilroy, S. P., Hickey, A., & Hantula, D.  (2013).  Evaluating picture exchange and a voice output  communication aid in young childrenwith autism.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 25, 637-649. 

Lorah, E. R.  (under review).  Evaluating the iPad mini as a speech-generating device in the acquisition of a discriminative mand repertoire in  young children with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Lorah, E.R., & Karnes, A.  (under review).  Mand distance training using the iPad and application proloqu2Go as a speech-generating  device.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Mancil, G. R., Lorah, E.R., & Whitby, P.  (in press).  The effects of iPod touch technology as communication devices on peer social  interactions within the classroom.  Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disability. 

Lorah, E.R., & Karnes, A.  (under review).  The acquisition of listener responding using the iPad and application language builder.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.    

Invited Publications

Lorah, E. R., & Karnes, A.  (in press).  The comparison of infant-directed speech and infant-directed song on the acquisition of listener  responding in children with autism.  Evidence- Based Communication and Assessment

Lorah, E. R., Karnes, A., & Speight, D. R.  (2015).  Autism and technology: Process over hype. Behavior Analysis and Technology: A Special  Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. 

Lorah, E. R., An, M. J., Grinley, S. E., Kunnath, G. C., & Tincani, M.  (2014).  Prompt delay and vocal prompting may increase vocal responses in children with developmental disabilities. (Commentary).  Evidence-Based Communication and Assessment.

Tincani, M., & Lorah, E. R.  (2012).  The picture-exchange communication system (PECS) to increase functional communication of adults with intellectual disability (Commentary).  Evidence-Based Communication and Assessment, 5, 168-170. 

Book Chapters

Tincani, M. & Lorah, E. R. (2014).  Defining, measuring, and graphing behavior.  In F. Brown, J. Anderson, & R DePry (Eds.), Individual positive behavior supports: A standards-based guide to practices in schools and community-based settings.  Baltimore, MD: Paul H.      Brookes.   

2013-Present  Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Special Education, University of  Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2012-2013  Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2012-2013  Adjunct Instructor, Special Education, Holy Family, Philadelphia, PA

2010-2012  Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania's Center for Autism Research, Philadelphia, PA

2009-2012  Behavior Analyst and Clinical Supervisor, Gamut Early Intervention Services, Montgomery County, PA

2005-2011  Behavior Analyst, Team Leader, Behavior Technician, Elwyn Inc. Philadelphia, PA