Department of Psychology

Tom Cariveau

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Education and contact info

Dr. Tom Cariveau, Associate Professor

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Marcus Autism Center and Emory University School of Medicine

Ph.D. University of Oregon, School Psychology, 2016

M.S. University of Oregon, Special Education

B.A. University of Minnesota Duluth, Psychology


Teaching Lab Building, Room 3036.
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-2883 |

My teaching, research, and clinical interests are in the development and refinement of intervention technologies based in applied behavior analysis. My interests predominantly lie in interventions designed to promote meaningful outcomes for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities with a particular emphasis on the efficiency and durability of treatment outcomes. Our team is conducting additional work in the analysis of controlling variables in verbal behavior.

I have advanced degrees in Special Education (MS) and School Psychology (PhD) from the University of Oregon, am a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D), and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina. I completed a pre-doctoral internship in the treatment clinics (skill acquisition, feeding, and severe behavior) at the Marcus Autism Center and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship affiliated with the Marcus Autism Center and Emory University School of Medicine with funding from the Autism Science Foundation. I have conducted additional work in group contingencies, efficiency of instructional procedures, terminology associated with verbal status in autism, durability of responding in extinction, and the efficacy of clinical practices.

Students interested in participating in research on skill acquisition with individuals with developmental disabilities or conducting research in the analysis of verbal behavior should email Dr. Cariveau indicating their interest in joining the research team, past experiences or interest in working with individuals with developmental disabilities or verbal behavior, and relevant coursework in applied behavior analysis.

Select Publications

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Cariveau, T., *Robbins, H., Cividini-Motta, C., & Delfs, C. (2020). Citation analysis of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (2008-2018). The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Advance online publication.

Cariveau, T., Muething, C., & Trapp, W. (2020). Interpersonal and group contingencies. Perspectives on Behavior Science. Advance online publication.

Cariveau, T., *Batchelder, S., *Ball, S., & *La Cruz Montilla, A. (2020). Equating stimuli in the adapted alternating treatments design: A review of methods and recommendations for practice. Behavior Modification. Advance online publication.

Cariveau, T., *La Cruz Montilla, A., *Ball, S., & *Gonzalez, E. (2019). A preliminary analysis of equivalence-based instruction to train instructors to implement discrete trial teaching. Journal of Behavioral Education. Advance online publication.

Cariveau, T., Shillingsburg, M. A., Alamoudi, A., Thompson, T., Bartlett, B., Gillespie, S., & Scahill, L. (2019). A structured intervention to increase response allocation to instructional settings for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Behavioral Education.

Cariveau, T., Shillingsburg, M. A., Alamoudi, A., Thompson, T., Bartlett, B., Gillespie, S., & Scahill, L. (2019). Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a behavioral treatment for minimally verbal girls with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49, 2203-2209.

Cariveau, T., Miller, S. J., Call, N., & Alvarez, J. (2019). Assessment and treatment of problem behavior maintained by termination of interruptions. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 22, 203-208. doi:10.1080/17518423.2019.1566278

Cariveau, T., *La Cruz Montilla, A., *Gonzalez, E. M., & *Ball, S. N. (2019). A review of studies on error correction procedures during instruction for children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis52, 574-579doi:10.1002/jaba.524

Kodak, T., Cariveau, T., LeBlanc, B., Mahon, J., & Carroll, R. A. (2018). Selection and implementation of skill acquisition programs by special education teachers and staff for students with autism spectrum disorders. Behavior Modification, 42, 58-83. doi:10.1177/0145445517692081

Shillingsburg, M. A., Frampton, S. E., Cleveland, S., & Cariveau, T. (2018). A clinical application of procedures to promote the emergence of untrained intraverbal relations with children with autism. Learning and Motivation, 62, 51-66 doi:10.1016/j.lmot.2017.02.003.