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    Richard Fleming PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Boston
    100 Morrissey Blvd, 301-17 Science Building
    Boston MA 02125
      Other Positions
      InstitutionUMMS - Programs, Centers and Institutes
      DepartmentShriver Center


        Academic Background:


        • Ph.D. (1990) University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Psychology
        • M.S. (1987) University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Psychology,
        • M.Ed. (1983) University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Education, School of Psychology
        • B.S. (1975) University of New Hampshire, Durham, Parks and Recreation

        Current Appointments:

        • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
        • Director of Instructional Technology, UCEDD, E. K. Shriver Center


        • Auburn University Award for Excellence in Outreach and Extension, April, 1996
        • Sloan-C 2008 Award for Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program

        Professional Memberships:

        • Association for Behavior Analysis: International
        • Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
        • The Obesity Society, NAASO

        Journal Reviewing:

        • Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (Editorial Board)
        • Journal of Behavior Analysis in Health, Sports, Fitness and Medicine (Editorial Board)
        • Psychology Research and Behavior Management (Editorial Board)
        • Obesity Research
        • Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
        • The Behavior Analyst

        Richard Fleming, Ph.D.Research Interests:

        Dr. Fleming's research addresses the application of psychological principles and interventions to problems of social importance. Specializing in behavioral psychology applied to intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, he is involved in research that addresses prevention and treatment of child and adolescent obesity and other health-related challenges, promotion of physical activity and exercise, and education and training of parents and personnel.

        Professional Interests:

        Parallel to his research interests, Dr. Fleming develops programs to bring about behavior change in families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. His efforts include developing online education and training programs, teaching courses, and giving workshops and presentations on the following topics:

        • Behavioral intervention in autism
        • Parent education and support in developmental disabilities
        • Health and fitness promotion through lifestyle change

        selected publications
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        1. Bandini L, Danielson M, Esposito LE, Foley JT, Fox MH, Frey GC, Fleming RK, Krahn G, Must A, Porretta DL, Rodgers AB, Stanish H, Urv T, Vogel LC, Humphries K. Obesity in children with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Disabil Health J. 2015 Jul; 8(3):309-16.
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        2. Curtin C, Bandini LG, Must A, Gleason J, Lividini K, Phillips S, Eliasziw M, Maslin M, Fleming RK. Parent support improves weight loss in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome. J Pediatr. 2013 Nov; 163(5):1402-8.e1.
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