Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Over the past year, Dr. Gengoux's research has continued to focus on the design and evaluation of effective naturalistic behavioral treatment programs for young children with autism. Dr. Gengoux oversees the supervision of a team of therapists providing parent training and in-home treatment for a randomized controlled trial of Pivotal Response Treatment (PI: Hardan) which is nearing completion. Dr. Gengoux has also continued to strengthen the community partnership with Abilities United where she leads an innovative inclusive social skills research program (PI: Gengoux) focused on improving peer initiations made by children with ASD. A parent training program will be added in the coming year to enhance the program's effectiveness in fostering meaningful friendships for children. Preliminary findings from both projects have been presented at national and international conferences.