IBTS Program Director


Dr. David Kuhn is the Director of the Intensive Behavior Treatment Services program at CCCD. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Kuhn is a licensed psychologist and doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst. Prior to coming to CCCD Dr. Kuhn was the Clinical Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Co-Director of the Behavioral Psychology Program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, and Senior Behavior Analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He has held faculty appointments at Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Queens College and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. From 2006-2007 Dr. Kuhn served as President of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. He has been a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2006 and has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His clinical and research interests focus on the application and adaptation of principles of applied behavior analysis towards skill acquisition and behavior reduction among individuals diagnosed with autism or other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Selected Publications:

*Kuhn, D. E., Girolami, P. A., & Gulotta, C. S. (2007). Feeding disorders. In: J. L. Matson (Ed.). Handbook of assessment in persons with intellectual disability. San Diego, CA: Elsevier

*Kuhn DE, Hagopian L, & Terlonge C. (2008). Treatment of life-threatening self-injurious behavior secondary to Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathy Type II: A controlled case study. Journal of Child Neurology, 23, 381-388.

*Kuhn DE, Hardesty SL, & Sweeney, NM. (2009). Assessment and treatment of excessive straightening and destructive behavior in an adolescent diagnosed with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 355-360.

Hagopian, L. P., *Kuhn, D. E., & Strother, G. (2009). Treatment of inappropriate behavior with an adolescent diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 907-911.

*Kuhn DE, Chirighin AE, & Zelenka, K. (2010) Discriminated functional communication: A procedural extension of functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 249-264.

*Kuhn D. E. (2012) Functional behavioral assessment and functional analysis of self-injurious behavior. In J. K. Luiselli (Ed.): The Handbook of High-Risk Challenging Behaviors: Assessment and Intervention. Baltimore, Maryland: Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.