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Elizabeth R. Lorah

Elizabeth R. Lorah

Assoc Professor

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-5498

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Dr. Elizabeth R. Lorah is an associate 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. 

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)

Ethics in Behavior Analysis (Summer)

Assessment in Behavior Analysis- Functional Analysis (Summer) 

Human Performance Improvement (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

*Indicates studnet author 

Lorah, E.R., *Karnes, A., *Miller, J., & *Welsh, J. (2019). Establishment of peer manding using the iPad as a speech-generating device. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.

Whitby, P. Kuchzrczyk, S. & Lorah, E.R. (2019). Teaching object exchange for communication to a young girl with autism and visual impairment. Jounral of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

Lorah, E.R., *Parnell, A., & Tincani, M. (2018). Current trends in the use of handheld computing devices as a speech-generating device. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 18, 317-327.

*Karnes, A., Lorah, E.R., & Whitby, P. (2018). Mand training using the iPad as a speech-generating device. Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities Express. Fall, 2018 Edition.

Lorah, E.R. & Miller*, J. (2018). Teaching mands for actions to children with autism spectrum disorder using systematic instruction, behavior chain interruption, and a speech- generating device. (Commentary). Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. DOI: 1.1080/17489539.2018.1520420.

*Parnell, A., Lorah, E.R., *Karnes, A., & Whitby, P. (2017). The use of job aids and performance based feedback to increase the fidelity of discrete-trial instruction. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37, 207-220.

Lorah, E.R. & *Parnell, A. (2017). Evaluating the use of the iPad as a speech- generating device in tacting during book reading. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 29, 597-609.

Lorah, E. R. (2016). 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, DOI: 1088357616673624.

Lorah, E.R. (2016). Evaluating teacher and student use of two methods of augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. DOI: 10.1007/s10882-016-9507-z

Mancil, G. R., Lorah, E.R., & Whitby, P. (2016). The effects of iPod touch technology as communication devices on peer social interactions within the classroom. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disability, 51, 252.

Lorah, E.R. & *Karnes, A. (2015). The acquisition of listener responding using the iPad and application language builder. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.  

Lorah, E. R., *Karnes, A., & *Speight, D.R. (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.

Lorah, E. R., *Parnell, A., Schafer Whitby, P., & Hantula, D. (2015). 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, 45, 3792-3804.


*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. & *Karnes, A. (2015). The comparison of infant-directed speech and infant- directed song on the acquisition of listener responding in children with autism (Commentary). Evidence- Based Communication and Assessment.

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., *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.

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 children with autism. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 25, 637-649.

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.

Invited Publications

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.

Book Chapters

Lorah, E.R., Tincani, M., & *Parnell, A. (Expected Publication: Fall of 2019). Verbal Behavior Intervention. In Little, S. & Little, A (Eds.). Behavioral interventions in schools: Evidence based-positive strategies, 2nd Edition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Whitby, P., Lorah, E.R., Love, J., & Lawless, H. (2016). Enhancing communication and language development. In D. Zager, D.F., Cihak, & A. Stone-MacDonald (Ed.s)., Autism spectrum disorders: Identification, education, and treatment. New York, NY: Routhledge.

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.

Books

Tincani, M., Lorah, E. R., & Dowdy, A. (2018). Functional behavioral assessment for students with autism spectrum disorder. Austin, TX: Pro – Ed

2018-Present Associate Professor, with Tenure, Special Education, University of Arkanas, Fayetteville, AR 

2013-2017  Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Special Education, University of  Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

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

2016 University of Arkansas, College of Education and Health Professionals, Rising STAR Award (Awarded)

2016 University of Arkansas, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Rising STAR Award (Awarded)