|Dr. Daniel Openden|
In addition to his work at SARRC, Dr. Daniel Openden has the following special roles in autism research.
- Science Advisory Board of TeachTown.
- Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
- Adjunct faculty member of Arizona State University.
- In June, 2011, Dr. Daniel Openden received the Phoenix Business Journals Forty Under Forty Award.
- In 2004, Dr. Openden received the CalABA Julie Vargas Award for original research with his study, "A Systematic Desensitization Paradigm to Treat Hypersensitivity to Auditory Stimuli in Children with Autism in Family Contexts."
Speaker: Dr. Openden is also a frequent speaker at autism conferences and events.
- He spoke at the 2011 National Autism Conference and the program at the 2011 National Autism Conference listed his research interests as, "parent education, professional development, positive behavior supports, early intervention, inclusion, and dissemination of service delivery models for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders."
- In 2010 Dr. Openden gave a presentation in South Carolina and SCNow.com wrote a news article on that speech.
- In 2009, he was the keynote at the OAR Conference.
Research Area: The majority of Dr. Openden's work has focused on parent training. He explained to me the importance of this strategic partnership with parent education in this way:
I think it is important to recognize that parents can be effectively trained to deliver high quality intervention (in my work, Pivotal Response Treatment [PRT]) and make a positive impact on their child's symptoms. Parents are often our most committed group of people, and when provided with good training in evidence-based interventions, likely increase the intensity of treatment and improve outcomes. (Daniel Openden)Dr. Daniel Openden shared with me that in his opinion two particular professional studies by others have had the most impact on autism research. These two are:
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Photo: Photo in this post used with permission of Daniel Openden.
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