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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Benjamin Witts

Second Advisor

Michelle Traub

Third Advisor

Luna Odessa

Fourth Advisor

Eun-Ju Choi

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

ASD, police, assessment, robust responding, within and across participant analysis



To address improving interactions between the ASD community and police, various assessment formats were analyzed to determine a tool that evokes robust responding (i.e. answers that are varied, informative, and in-depth) from police officers. Within participant analysis and across participant analysis were used to determine which procedure evokes the more robust response. Officer responses were more informative when provided assessments that used open-ended questions rather than close-ended questions. Results also suggest that using multiple question formats for the same information aid in obtaining response diversity.

Keywords: ASD, police, assessment, robust responding, within and across participant analysis


I'm extremely grateful to Dr. Benjamin Witts for his support and invaluable feedback throughout this endeavor. I would also like to thank my defense committee Dr. Michele Traub, Dr. Odessa Luna, and Dr. Eun-Ju Choi for providing their expertise and support of this research.



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