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Cindy Gevarter, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Assistant Professor

autism spectrum disorders (ASD), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), early intervention

Curriculum vitae


Cindy Gevater Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia (UVa), an M.T. in special education from UVa, and a Ph.D. in early childhood special education from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gevarter is a certified special education teacher as well as a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D).  Gevarter’s research and teaching interests focus on communication intervention and assessment methods for young children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. Her research has focused on the application of behavioral principles to augmentative and alternative communication assessment and intervention. She is also interested in collaboration and training for early intervention providers who work with children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities.

Recent/Selected Publications:

Gevarter, C., O'Reilly, F., Kuhn., M., Watkins, L Ferguson, R. Sammarco, N., Rojeski, L., Sigafoos, J. (2016). Assessing the acquisition of requesting a variety of preferred items using different SGD formats for children with autism spectrum disorder. Assistive Technology. Available online at
Gevarter, C., O'Reilly, M. F., Kuhn, M., Mills, K., Ferguson, R., Watkins, L., ... & Lancioni, G. E. (2016). Increasing the vocalizations of individuals with autism during intervention with a speech‐generating device. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 49 (1). 17-33.
Gevarter, C., O’Reilly, M., F., Rojeski, L., Sammarco, N., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., & Lang, R. (2014) Comparing acquisition of AAC-based mands in three young children with autism spectrum disorder using iPad® applications with different display and design elements. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 44(10), 2464-2474.
Gevarter, C., O’Reilly, M.F., Rojeski, L., Sammarco, N., Lang, R., Lancioni, G.E., & Sigafoos, J. (2013). Comparing communication systems for individuals with developmental disabilities: A review of single-case research studies. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(12), 4415-4432.