Alison Cox

Assistant Professor

Ph. D., BCBA-D

Office: TH146C
905-688-5550 x3949

acox@brocku.ca

Alison Cox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Disability Studies. She completed her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Cox is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst at the doctoral level and has over 10 years of experience working in the field of Behaviour Analysis. Throughout her research and clinical work, Dr. Cox has developed specific expertise in assessing and treating severe challenging behaviour in individuals with dual diagnosis, supporting skill acquisition in individuals with dual diagnosis, and supervising early intensive behavioural intervention programs.

 

Dr. Cox’s research interests center around variables impacting challenging behaviour, including but not limited to: (1) the effects of psychotropic medication on behaviour and (2) factors that influence generalization and maintenance of treatment gains. Dr. Cox’s previous research endeavours have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

 

If you are interested in working with Dr. Cox, please contact her directly at: acox@brocku.ca.

Examining the reliability of an objective severity tool to classify severe problem behaviour

Assessing the convergent validity of the Aberrant Behavior Checklist and Functional Analysis across medication changes

Towards an automation of functional analysis interpretation

Replication of the evaluation of interobserver agreement with and without modified structured criteria

Piloting the medication guidelines Tool: A feasibility study

Pyramidal training approach for training parents of children with ASD rapport building skills (Participant Recruitment)

A comparison of instructor lead and video model to teach post-secondary students to create single subject graphs in excel.

Dean’s Discretionary Award (2020) – Brock University, 2020–2022

Research Initiative Award (RIA) – Brock University, 2019-2020

Council for Research in Social Sciences (CRISS) – Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock University, 2019-2021

Brock University Advancement Fund – Brock University, 2019

Council for Research in Social Science (CRISS) – Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock University, 2018-2020

Developmental Disabilities Program – Western University, 2018

International Development Award – Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, 2017

Raymond F. Currie Graduate Fellowship – University of Manitoba, 2014-2015

Small Grants Award (Manitoba Institute of Child Health) – Provincial, 2014-2015

Susan W. Bell Award for Study of Developmental Disabilities – University of Manitoba, 2013-2014

Direct Aid to Achieve Data (DATA) Award – University of Manitoba, 2013-2014

Doctoral Graduate Studentship Award – Manitoba Health Research Council: Provincial, 2013-2015

Faculty of Arts Endowment Fund – University of Manitoba, 2013 & 2015

Psychology Graduate Fellowship – University of Manitoba, 2012

Shannon Hamm Award – University of Manitoba, 2012

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (declined by student) – Provincial (declined), 2010-2011

Frederick Banting and Charles Best – Master’s Award: Canadian Institute of Health Research – Federal, 2009-2010

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (declined by student) – Provincial (declined), 2009-2010

Saini, V & Cox, A. (2020). Functional behaviour assessment practices used by Canadian behavioural health practitioners. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jppi.12327.

Cox, A., Leung, J., *Morgan, M-C & Anderson, B. (Under Review). Examining research trends in the treatment of adults with problem behavior and intellectual and developmental disabilities: A brief review. Behavioral Development.

Cox, A., & Friedel, J. E. (Under Review). Towards an automation of functional analysis interpretation. Behavior Modification.

Cox, A., & Leung, J. (Under Review). Evaluating the stability of behavior function: A retrospective analysis. Journal on Developmental Disabilities.

Cox, A. D., & Virues-Ortega, J. (In preparation). Long-term function stability of automatically and escape-maintained problem behavior exposed to antipsychotic medication.

Cox, A. & Davis, S. (2019). Review of evidence-based approaches to caregiver training. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 1-6. doi: 10.1007/s40474-019-00176-8.

Cox, A. & Gunnarsson, K. (2019). Program evaluation of an in-patient treatment unit for adults with acquired brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, e187-188. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2019.10.078.

Saini, V & Cox, A. (In press). Functional behaviour assessment practices used by Canadian behavioural health practitioners. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

Cox, A. & Leung, J. (Submitted). Evaluating the stability of behavior function: A retrospective analysis. Behavioral Interventions

Cox, A., Zonneveld, K. & Tardi, L. (Submitted). Further evaluating accuracy and interrater reliability with and without structured visual-inspection criteria. Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Cox, A. D., Virues-Ortega, J, Julio, F. & Martin, T. (2017). Establishing steadiness in children with autism and intellectual disability: Applications for anatomical and functional MRI. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, (50), 8-26. doi: 10.1002/jaba.351

Virues-Ortega, J., & Cox, A. D. (2016). Animal-assisted therapy for older adults, in S. K. Whitbourne (Ed)., The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (Vol. 1, pp. 69-73). New York: Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa139

 Cox, A. & Virues-Ortega, J. (2016). A review of how psychotropic medication can affect the motivation of challenging behavior.  International Journal of Intellectual Disability, doi: 10.1080/20473869.2016.1175157.

 Cox, A. & Virues-Ortega, J. (2016). Interactions between behavior function and exposure to psychotropic drugs. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 49, 85-104. doi: 10.1002/jaba.247

Virues-Ortega, J., Hurtado-Parrado, C., Cox, A. D. & Pear, J. J. (2014). Analysis of the interaction between experimental and applied behavior analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, (47), 380-403.

Cox, A., Dube, C. & Temple, B. (2014). The influence of staff training on client challenging behaviour: A review. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 1-14. doi: 10.1177/1744629514558075

Virues-Ortega, J., Boris, A., Cox, A. D., Hu, L., Julio, F., Michalyshyn, C…Pear, J. J.  (2016). Single-case design. In Encyclopaedia of Theory in Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483346274.n293.

Cox, A. Topic – TBA. Presenting for the South Dakota Association for Behavior Analysis, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (virtual presentation due to COVID-19). June 2020.

Cox, A. Expanding behavior analysis to promote better outcomes for persons with disabilities. Presenting at the 46th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Washington, D.C. May 2020.

Cox, A. Psychotropic medication meets applied behaviour analysis. Presented at 13th Annual Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba. October 2019.

Cox, A. Addressing misconceptions in ABA. Invited Panelist at 13th Annual Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba. October 2019.

Cox, A., Busch, L. & Saini, V. Evidence-based practice for the treatment of challenging behaviour in intellectual and developmental disabilities: Recommendations for caregivers, practitioners, and policy makers. Presented at Western University (Developmental Disabilities), London, Ontario. September 2019.

Cox, A. Psychotropic Medication Meets Applied Behavioural Analysis. Presented at Tricounty Community Support Services, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Ontario. March 2019.

Cox, A. Psychotropic Medication and Applied Behaviour Analysis: A Dynamite Team! Presented at Center for Addictions and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario. November 2018.

Cox, A. The Ugly Truth….About Generalization. Presented at Bethesda Services, Thorold, Ontario. March 2018.

Cox, A. Professional Development Series: Behaviour Analysis and Medicine. Invited Panelist at the 43rd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Denver, Colorado. May 2017.

Cox, A. Implementing and Interpreting Functional Analysis Variations in Complex Cases. Bethesda Services, Thorold, Ontario. February & April 2017.

Cox, A. Behaviour Function and Psychotropic Medication. Presented at the Ontario Behaviour Analytic Community of Practice, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Ontario. February 2016.

Cox, A. Functional Assessments in Practice. Presented at Kerry’s Place Autism Services. Aurora, Ontario. November 2015.

Cox, A. & Virues-Ortega, J. Knowledge translation of evidence-based interventions in developmental and intellectual disabilities. Presented at Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Plymouth, MN, September 2013.

Cox, A. An Introduction to Psychotropic Medication for Behaviour Practitioners. Presented at Thames Valley Children’s Center, London, Ontario. June, 2017.

Cox, A. Conducting and Interpreting Functional Assessments. Presented at Lifescape (formerly Children’s Care Hospital & School), Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 2014.

Cox, A. Variation in Behaviour Function in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Psychotropic Drugs. Presented at CARE-ID – Professional Development Series (National Webinar), Winnipeg, MB, March, 2014.

Cox, A. & Julio, F. Research Outcomes at the University of Manitoba. Presented at St. James Assiniboia School Division – Professional Development Series, Winnipeg, MB, November 2013.

Cox, A. Introduction to Functional Analysis and Psychotropic Medications. Presented at Children’s Care School & Hospital, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, December 2013.

Friedel, J. E., & Cox, A. Automating functional analysis interpretation. Accepted at the 46th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., May 2020.

*Kozluck, A. & Cox, A. Optimizing individualized care. Accepted at the Ontario Association for Intellectual Disabilities Annual Conference, London, Ontario. April 2020.

Cox, A. & Saini, V. Investigating existing barriers in the implementation of best practices for treating problem behaviour in Canada. Presented at the Ontario Association for Intellectual Disabilities Annual Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario. April 2019.

*Kozluk, A., Cox, A. & Leung, J. Evaluating the stability of behavior function: A retrospective analysis.Presented at the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 2019. 

*Morgan, M., Cox, A., & Leung, J. Examining research trends in the treatment of adults with problem behavior and intellectual and developmental disabilities: A brief review. Presented at the Annual Ontario Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Toronto, Ontario, November 2019. (Awarded 2nd place in conference poster competition.) 

Cox, A. Evaluating the stability of behavior function: A retrospective analysis. Presented at the 45th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois. May 2019.

Saini, V, Cox, A., Busch, L. On the current status of challenging behaviour in Ontario: Outcome of the OSETT-CB taskforce. Presenting at the Annual Ontario Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Toronto, Ontario, December 2018.

Cox, A. Evaluating the Stability of Behavior Function: A Retrospective Analysis. Submitted to the 43rd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois. May 2019.

Cox, A, Resendes, K & Pryor, C. An Evidence-Informed Checklist to Evaluate Medication Impacts during Behavioural Treatment. Presented at the Annual Ontario Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 2017.

Cox, A. & Virues-Ortega, J. Long-term Dynamics of Automatically- and Escape-Maintained Problem Behavior Exposed to Antipsychotic Medication: A Quasi-Experimental Analysis. Presented at the 42nd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois May 2016.

Cox, A. & Virues-Ortega, J. Variations in behaviour function in individuals with developmental disabilities exposed to psychotropic medications. Presented at the 41st Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, San Antonio, Texas, May 2015

Brown, A., Cox, A. & Yu, CT. Validity of latency-based functional analysis on the motivation of problem behaviour in individuals with IDD: A retrospective analysis. Presented at the 41st Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, San Antonio, Texas, May 2015.

Cox, A., Craig, B., Julio, F., Hurl, K., Hatton, D. L., Martin, T. & Virues-Ortega, J. Promoting steadiness in children with autism undergoing fMRI scans: Training and generalization. Presented at the 40th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2014.

Hunter, L., Cox, A. D., Schnerch, G. & Virues-Ortega, J. Pairing vs. discriminative training for establishing conditioned reinforcement effects. Presented at the 40th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2014.

Cox, A. D. & Virues-Ortega, J. Interactions between behaviour function and exposure to psychotropic drugs: A re-analysis. Presented at the 40th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2014.

Schnerch, F., Hunter, L., Cox, A. D., Vu, C. & Virues-Ortega, J. Validity of indirect measures of functional assessment using experimental functional analysis as criterion for comparison. Presented at the 40th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2014.

Virues-Ortega, J. & Cox, A. D. Interactions between behaviour function and psychotropic medication: A re-analysis. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis, Auckland, New Zealand. August 2013.

Cox, A., Virues-Ortega, J., Julio, F., Hurl, K., Craig, B., Hatton, D.L. & Martin, T. Establishing steadiness in children with autism in the MRI clinic. Presented at 39th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2013

Condillac, R., Ireland, L., White, K., Cox, A., Rahim, A., Fritjers, J. & Martin, L. Presented at the Health and Well Being in Developmental Disabilities Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 2013.

Cox, A. D. & Virues-Ortega, J. Variations in behaviour function in individuals with intellectual disabilities exposed to psychotropic drugs: A review. Presented at the Annual MABA Conference, Winnipeg, MB, October 2013.

Cox, A. Teaching adults with autism spectrum disorder communication skills. Chair/Presented at the 38th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, Seattle, Washington, May 2012.

LaPlante, E., Cox, A. & Condillac, R. Training teachers to adhere to ABA strategies for students with autism and developmental disabilities: A meta-analysis. Presented at the 37th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Denver, Colorado, May 2011.

Morgan, M-C* & Cox, A. Examining the reliability of an objective severity tool to classify severe problem behaviour. Accepted to the 46th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, Washington, D.C, May 2020.

Kozluk, A.*, Morgan, M-C*, Cox, A. & Anderson, B. Exploring trends in the behavioral skills training literature to identify characteristics associated with improved client outcomes. Accepted to the 46th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, Washington, D.C, May 2020.

Cox, A. & Pryor, C. An Evidence-Informed Checklist to Evaluate Medication Impacts during Behavioural Treatment. Presented at the 44th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, San Diego, California May 2018.

Isaak, M., Cox, A. & Reitzel, J. Application of Response Interruption and Redirection in an IBI Setting. Presented at the 42nd Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2016.

Henrikson, B., Cox, A. & Yu, CT. Using problem behaviour as an indicator of preference in individuals with profound multiple disabilities. Presented at the 41st Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, San Antonio, Texas, May 2015.

Hunter, L., Wightman, J., Cox, A. & Pear, J. Evaluation of the Baseline Assessment in a Single Subject Design used to Evaluate Discrete-Trials Teaching Performance. Presented at the 41st Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, San Antonia, Texas, May 2015.

Hurl, K., Julio, F., Cox, A., Fahmie, T. & Virues-Ortega, J. Patterns of responding during the functional analysis of behaviour maintained by automatic reinforcement. Presented at the 39th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention. Minneapolis, MN, May 2013 

Cox, A., Wightman, J. K. & Pear, J. J. An evaluation of a baseline assessment when training individuals to conduct discrete-trial teaching. Presented at the 40th Annual Association for Behaviour Analysis Convention, Chicago, Illinois, May 2014.

Cox, A., Virues-Ortega, J., Hurtado-Parrado, H.C. & Pear, J.J. Topics driving translational research in behaviour analysis. Presented at the 39th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference. Minneapolis, MN, May 2013.

Hunter, L., Cox, A., Schnerch, G. & Virues-Ortega, J. Establishing leisure items as conditioned reinforcers in individuals with disabilities.  Presented at the Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis Student Poster Competition. Winnipeg, MB, May, 2013.

Vu, C., Cox, A. & Virues-Ortega, J. Validity of indirect measures of functional assessment using experimental functional analysis as criterion for comparison. Presented at the Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis Student Poster Competition. Winnipeg, MB, May, 2013.

Cox A. & Julio, F. Graduate Training at the University of Manitoba (Expo Poster). Presented at the 39th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2013.

Cox, A. Condillac, R., & Fritjers, J.  Predictors of primary healthcare utilization by former residents of institutions in Ontario. Presented at the Annual Ontario Association for Dual Diagnosis Conference. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, April 2011.

Cox, A. & Konstantareas, M. The relative effectiveness of relaxation versus behaviour momentum in controlling precursor behaviours in ASD. Presented at the Annual Ontario Association for Dual Diagnosis Conference. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, April 2011.

Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis – Co-chair, OSETT-CB Guidelines, February 2017 – Present

Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis – Review Student Applications for Travel Grant, May 2018

Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis – Committee member, Adult Services Task Force, January 2017 – Present

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis – Invited peer reviewer – August 2016 – December 2016

Hamilton Health Sciences (Regional Training Day Planning Committee) – Committee Member, February – March 2016

Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis – Continuing Education Coordinator, December 2014 – December 2016

Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis – Newsletter Subcommittee Member, December 2012-December 2014.

Manitoba Association for Behaviour Analysis – Secretary, May 2013 – December 2014.

Panel Member for Undergraduate Honours Thesis Students – Fielded graduate school inquiries from undergraduate students, Oct 7, 2014.