Dr. Christine L. Cole
Dr. Cole’s research involves the development and evaluation of positive behavioral strategies for challenging behavior in individuals with mental retardation, autism, and other pervasive developmental disorders in school and community settings. A primary focus of her work is on teaching self-management to enhance independent functioning and positive behavior change in individuals with disabilities. Other strategies include choice making, functional behavior assessment, and antecedent interventions. A recent emphasis is on the use of self-management and other positive behavioral strategies to facilitate the successful inclusion of children and adolescents with autism in general education settings.