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    Janet Sue Twyman PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
    55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301
    Worcester MA 01655
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DivisionDevelopment & Behavioral Pediatrics


        Academic Background

        Ph.D. Columbia University, New York NY
        M.S. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
        B.A. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


        Board Certified Behavior Analyst
        School Administrator/Supervisor (New York State)
        Special Education Teacher (New York State)

        Current appointments:

        Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School

        Research and Professional InterestsJanet Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA

        To improve all aspects of life, scientific discoveries must ultimately be translated into practical applications. Dr. Twyman’s research interests involve the continuum from understanding basic processes related to learning and communication (stimulus control, imitation and parity, variability, and novel behavior), to systematically testing lab-based procedures in applied settings, to ultimately building meaningful programs with broad-based application and sustainability. Dr. Twyman has a strong record in the transfer of instructional technology and developing web-based programs for wide-scale distribution. Recent projects include the design and development of a highly effective early reading program based upon principles and procedures from behavior analytic basic science, and the development of reading readiness procedures for learners with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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        1. Leon, M., Ford, V., Shimizu, H., Heimlich-Stretz, A., Thompson, J., Sota, M., Twyman, J.S., & Layng, T.V.J. Comprehension by design: Teaching young learners how to comprehend what they read. Performance Improvement. 2011; 50(4):40-47.
        2. Twyman, J. S., Layng, T.V.J., & Layng, Z. The likelihood of instructionally beneficial, trivial, or negative results for kindergarten and 1st grade learners who complete at least half of Headsprout® Early Reading. Behavioral Technology Today. 2011; 6:1-19.
        3. Twyman, J.S. . Emerging technologies and behavioural cusps:  A new era for behaviour analysis?. European Journal of Behavior Analysis. 2011; 2(12):461-482.
        4. Twyman, J.S. TerraKids. (Invited commentary for a special section on behavior analysis and climate change.). The Behavior Analyst. 2010; 33(2):193-196.
        5. Twyman JS. TerraKids: An Interactive Web Site Where Kids Learn about Saving the Environment. Behav Anal. 2010; 33(2):193-6.
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        6. Twyman, J.S. & Sota, M. Identifying research-based practices for RtI: Scientifically-based instruction. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools. 2008; 9(2):86-97.
        7. Layng, T. V. J., & Stikeleather, G., & Twyman, J. S. Scientific formative evaluation: The role of individual learners in generating and predicting successful educational outcomes. The scientific basis of educational productivity. R. F. Subotnik & H. Walberg (Eds.). 2006; 29-44.
        8. Twyman, J.S. Academic interventions. In Encyclopedia of behavior modification and cognitive behavior therapy. 2005; 1123-1125.
        9. Twyman, J. S., Layng, T.V.J., Stikeleather, G. and Hobbins, K.A. A non-linear approach to curriculum design: The role of behavior analysis in building an effective reading program. Focus on behavior analysis in education. In W. L. Heward et al. (Eds.). 2005; 55-68.
        10. Layng, T. V. J., Twyman, J. S., & Stikeleather, G. Selected for success: How Headsprout Reading Basics™ teaches children to read. Evidence based education methods. D. J. Moran and R. W. Malott (Eds.). 2004; 171-197.
        11. Layng, T. V. J., Twyman, J. S., & Stikeleather, G. Engineering discovery learning: The contingency adduction of some precursors of textual responding in a beginning reading program. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. 2004; 20:99-109.
        12. Layng TV, Twyman JS, Stikeleather G. Engineering discovery learning: The contingency adduction of some precursors of textual responding in a beginning program. Anal Verbal Behav. 2004; 20:99-109.
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        13. Shimizu H, Twyman JS, Yamamoto Ji. Computer-based sorting-to-matching in identity matching for young children with developmental disabilities. Res Dev Disabil. 2003 May-Jun; 24(3):183-94.
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