Cindy Gevarter, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Associate Professor

autism spectrum disorders (ASD), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), early intervention
SHS Lab: 
Autism Lab

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 or young children with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. Her research has focused on augmentative and alternative communication, naturalistic early communication intervention, and communication partner training for early intervention providers and parents. She is the Program Director of Project SCENES (Social-communication: Collaborating Early with Naturalistic, Evidence- based Supports), an interdisciplinary grant that will fund and train speech-language pathology and special education masters students interested in autism.

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Joint appointment with Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (June 2023-June 2026)

Recent/Selected Publications:

Gevarter, C., Prieto, V., Binger, C., & Hartley, M. (2023). Dynamic assessment of action verb symbols for children with ASD. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. 7(3), 329–343.

Gevarter, C., Najar, A. M., & Siciliano, M. (2023). Teaching children with autism to create multi-symbol messages on augmentative alternative communication applications during play. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.7(3), 314–328.

Gevarter, C., Siciliano, M. G., & Stone, E. (2022). Early interventionists’ knowledge of evidence-based practices for autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 37(4), 203–214.
Gevarter, C., Groll, M., & Stone, E. (2020). Dynamic assessment of augmentative alternative and communication application grid formats and communicative targets for children with autism spectrum disorder. Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  

Gevarter, C., Horan, K., & Sigafoos, J. (2020). Teaching preschoolers with autism to use different speech-generating device display formats during play: Intervention and secondary ractors. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Gevarter, C., & Zamora, C. (2018). Naturalistic speech-generating device interventions for  children with complex communication needs: A systematic review of single-subject    studies. American Journal of Speech-language Pathology, 27(3), 1073-1090.  

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.