Matt Tincani, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Matt Tincani, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Department Chair
Associate Professor, Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis Programs
Psychological, Organizational, & Leadership Studies

1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Ritter Hall, College of Education 
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone: (215) 204-8073

  • Ph.D.  The Ohio State University
  • Ed.M. Temple University
  • B.A. West Chester University
Areas of Professional Interest
  • Learners with autism spectrum disorder
  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Positive behavior support
Recent Scholarship

Russo, S. R., Tincani, M., & Axelrod, S. (in press). Evaluating open-ended parent reports and direct preference assessments to identify reinforcers for young children with autism. Child & Family Behavior Therapy.

Lorah, L., Tincani, M., Dodge, J., Gilroy, S., Hickey, A., & Hantula, D. (in press). Evaluating picture exchange and the iPad as a speech generating device to teach communication for young children with autism. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disability.

Travers, J., Tincani, M., Whitby, P., & Boutot, A. (in press). Alignment of sexuality education and self determination for people with significant disabilities: A review of research and future directions. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Travers, J., Krezmien, M., Mulcahy, C. A., & Tincani, M. (in press). Racial disparity in administrative autism identification across the United States during 2000 and 2007. The Journal of Special Education.

Kelly, A., & Tincani, M. (2013). Collaborative training and practice among applied analysts who support individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48, 120 – 131.

Travers, J., Tincani, M., & Krezmien, M. (2013). A multiyear national profile of racial disparity in autism identification.  The Journal of Special Education, 47,41 – 49.

LaMela, L, & Tincani, M. (2012). Brief wait time to increase response opportunity and correct responding of children with autism spectrum disorder who display challenging behavior. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disability, 24, 559 – 573.

Passage, M., Tincani, M., & Hantula, D. A. (2012). Teaching self-control with qualitatively different reinforcers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 853 – 857.  

Tincani, M., & Lorah, E. R. (2011). PECS increases functional communication of adults with intellectual disabilities. Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 5, 168 – 170.

Pisacreta, J., Tincani, M., Axelrod, S., & Connell, J. E. (2011). Increasing teachers’ use of a 1:1 praise–to–behavior correction ratio to decrease student disruption in general education classrooms. Behavioral Interventions, 26, 243-260.

Campbell, A., & Tincani, M. (2011). The power card strategy: Strength-based intervention to increase direction following of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 13, 240 – 249.

Tincani, M., & Devis, K. (2011). Quantitative synthesis and component analysis of single-participant studies on the Picture Exchange Communication System. Remedial and Special Education, 32, 458 - 470.

Dobbins, N., Higgins, K., Pierce, T., Tincani, M., & Tandy, R. (2010). An analysis of social skills instruction provided in teacher education and in-service training programs for general and special educators, Remedial and Special Education, 31, 358-367. Available here.

Travers, J., & Tincani, M. (2010). Sexuality education for individuals with autism spectrum disorders: Critical issues and decision making guidelines. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 45, 284 – 293. 

Tincani, M., Travers, J., & Boutot, A. (2009).  Race, culture, and autism spectrum disorder: Understanding the role of diversity in successful educational interventions. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities (RPSD), 34, 81-90.

de Mers, C., Tincani, M., Van Norman, R.K., & Higgins, K. (2009). Effects of music therapy on young children’s challenging behaviors: A case study. Music Therapy Perspectives, 27, 12 – 20.

Filter, K., Tincani, M., & Fung, D. (2009). Surveying professionals’ views of applied behavior analysis and positive behavior support. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 11, 222-234. .

Songlee, D., Miller, S., Tincani, M., Sileo, N., & Perkins, P. (2008). Effects of test-taking strategy instruction on high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 23, 217-228.  

Tincani, M., & Crozier, S. (2007). Comparing brief and extended wait-time during small group instruction for children with challenging behavior. Journal of Behavioral Education, 16, 355-367.

Tincani, M. (2007). Moving forward: Positive behavior support and applied behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst Today, 8, 492-499. Available here.

Crozier, S., & Tincani, M. (2007). Effects of social stories on prosocial behavior of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1803-1814.

Tincani, M. (2007). Beyond consumer advocacy: Autism spectrum disorders, effective instruction, and public schooling. Intervention in School and Clinic, 43,47-51.

Tincani, M., Crozier, S., & Alazetta, L. (2006). The Picture Exchange Communication System: Effects on manding and speech for school-aged children with autism. Education & Training in Developmental Disabilities, 41, 177-184.

Crozier, S., & Tincani, M. (2005). Using modified social stories to decrease disruptive behavior of a child with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 20, 150-157.

Tincani, M., Ernsbarger, S.C., Harrison, T. J., Heward, W. L. (2005).  The effects of fast and slow-paced teaching on participation, accuracy, and off-task behavior of children in the Language for Learning program [pdf] Journal of Direct Instruction, 5, 97-109.

Bondy, A., Tincani, M., & Frost, L. (2004). Multiply controlled verbal operants: An analysis and extension to the Picture Exchange Communication System[pdf]. The Behavior Analyst, 27, 247-261.

Tincani, M. (2004). Teaching college students with disabilities: 10 strategies for instructors. College Teaching, 52, 128-132.

Tincani, M. (2004). Comparing sign language and picture exchange training for students with autism and multiple disabilities. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 19, 162-173.


Tincani, M., & Bondy, A. (Eds.) (in preparation). Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based and Promising Practices. New York: Guilford Press.

Tincani, M. (2011). Preventing challenging behavior in your classroom: Positive behavior support and effective classroom management. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Boutot, E.A. & Tincani, M. (2009). Autism encyclopedia: The complete guide to autism spectrum disorders. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.


Tincani, M., & Zawacki, J. (2012). Evidence based practice for communication skill acquisition. In E. E. Barton & B. A. Harn (Eds.) Educating young children with autism spectrum disorder (pp. 171 – 189). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Tincani, M., Bondy, A., & Crozier, S. (2011). Teaching verbal behavior. In W. Fisher, C. Piazza, & H. Roane (Eds.), Handbook of applied behavior analysis (pp. 270 – 280­). New York: Guilford.

Tincani, M. & Groeling, S. (2009). Introduction: emerging issues in causes, assessment, and intervention. In E.A. Boutot, & M. Tincani (Eds.), Autism encyclopedia: A complete guide to autism spectrum disorders (pp. 1 – 10). Austin, TX: Prufrock Press.

Tincani, M. J. & Boutot, E. A. (2005). Autism and technology: Current practices and future directions. In Edyburn, D. L., Higgins, K., & Boone, R (Eds.), The handbook of special education technology research and practice (pp. 413-421). Whitefish Bay, WI: Knowledge by Design.