Autism Lab


Cindy Gevarter, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Cindy Gevarter, Ph.D., BCBA-D


  • Jennifer Flake
  • Erin Gallegos
  • Valerie Prieto

Topics Studied

Our lab conducts research aimed at determining individualized and effective approaches for improving communication outcomes for young children with early signs or a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. We are particularly interested in research surrounding augmentative and alternative communication, prelinguistic and early language intervention, naturalistic approaches, and collaboration between parents and providers across disciplines.

Current Projects

  • Individualized communication assessment, intervention, and communication partner training for learners with autism spectrum disorder and limited speech
  • Project SCENES (Social-Communication: Collaborating Early with Naturalistic Evidence-Based Supports)

Selected Publications

Gevarter, C. Najar, A.M*, Flake, J.* , Tapia-Alvidrez,, F., Lucero, A. (2021). Naturalistic communication training for early intervention providers and Latinx parents of children with signs of autism. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.

 Carnett, A., Martin, C. & Gevarter, C. (2021). Evaluating augmentative and alternativecommunication modalities for individuals with developmental disabilities: a brief review of the last 5 years. Current Developmental Disorders Reports

Gevarter, C., Groll, M*., & Stone, E.* (2020). Dynamic assessment of augmentative andalternative communication application grid formats and communicative targets for children with autism spectrum disorder. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 36 (4) 226-237. doi:10.1080/07434618.2020.1845236

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

Johnston, S. S., Blue, C., Gevarter, C., Ivy, S., & Stegenga, S. (2020) Opportunity barriers and promising practices for supporting individuals with complex communication needs.Current Developmental Disorders Reports. Advance online publication.

 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 Pathology27(3), 1073-1090. doi:10.1044/2018_ajslp-17-0128

 Gevarter, C., O'Reilly, M. F., Sammarco, N., Ferguson, R., Watkins, L., Kuhn, M., & Sigafoos, J. (2018). Comparison of schematic and taxonomic speech generating devices for children with ASD. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities53(2), 222-238. doi:10.1080/10400435.2016.1143411

 Gevarter, C., & Horan, K. (2018). A behavioral intervention package to increase vocalizations of individuals with autism during speech-generating device intervention.  Journal of Behavioral Education. 28(1), 141–167. doi:10.1007/s10864-018-9300-4