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Richard Fleming PhD

TitleAdjunct Associate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
AddressEunice Kennedy Shriver Center
465 Medford Street, Suite 500
Charlestown MA 02129
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    University of New Hampshire Durham, Durham, NH, United StatesBSParks and Recreation
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, United StatesMEDSchool Psychology
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, United StatesMSEducational Psychology
    University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, United StatesPHDEducational Psychology

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    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

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    1. Bandini LG, Eliasziw M, Dittrich GA, Curtin C, Maslin M, Must A, Boutelle KN, Fleming RK. A family-based weight loss randomized controlled trial for youth with intellectual disabilities. Pediatr Obes. 2021 Jun 01; e12816. PMID: 34076370.
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    2. Curtin C, Hyman SL, Boas DD, Hassink S, Broder-Fingert S, Ptomey LT, Gillette MD, Fleming RK, Must A, Bandini LG. Weight Management in Primary Care for Children With Autism: Expert Recommendations. Pediatrics. 2020 Apr; 145(Suppl 1):S126-S139. PMID: 32238539.
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    3. Curtin C, Bandini LG, Must A, Phillips S, Maslin MC, Lo C, Gleason JM, Fleming RK, Stanish HI. Including Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in Health Promotion Research: Development and Reliability of a Structured Interview to Assess the Correlates of Physical Activity among Youth. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2016 Jul; 29(4):378-86. PMID: 26171946.
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    4. 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. PMID: 26058685.
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    5. Serna RW, Lobo HE, Fleming CK, Fleming RK, Curtin C, Foran MM, Hamad CD. Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Preparation for Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Spec Educ Technol. 2015 Mar; 30(1):1-12. PMID: 27019544.
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    6. Fleming RK, Curtin C, Gray CA, Hamad CD. Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent's Interactive Guide to ABA. Curr Issues Emerg Elearn. 2014 May; 1(1). PMID: 34355059.
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    7. 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. PMID: 23968742.
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    8. Hamad CD, Serna RW, Morrison L, Fleming R. Extending the Reach of Early Intervention Training for Practitioners: A Preliminary Investigation of an Online Curriculum for Teaching Behavioral Intervention Knowledge in Autism to Families and Service Providers. Infants Young Child. 2010 Jul 1; 23(3):195-208. PMID: 23504540.
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    9. Fleming RK, Stokes EA, Curtin C, Bandini LG, Gleason J, Scampini R, Maslin MC, Hamad C. Behavioral Health in Developmental Disabilities: A Comprehensive Program of Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Reduction. Int J Behav Consult Ther. 2008 Jan 1; 4(3):287-296. PMID: 20354592.
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