Johnny Matson, Professor
Distinguished Research Master
Office: 324 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-8745
Click here to view the Autism and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Research Lab webpage.
Dr. Matson is currently accepting new students
My interests have focused on the development of assessment and treatment methods in
the fields of intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. I have over
800 publications including 41 books on mental retardation, autism, and severe emotional
disorders. I am a 3 time recipient of the Thomson Reuters World's Most Influential
Scientific Minds and a 2 time recipient of the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers
Former doctoral students have taken positions in state developmental centers or as
faculty in academic departments. Academic departments have included Johns Hopkins
University Medical School, University of Oregon, Ohio State University, University
of Georgia, University of Maryland Medical School, Western Michigan University, Mississippi
State University, Auburn Univeristy, Indiana University Medical School, and Univeristy
of Illinios Medical School, among others.
I presently teach the following courses:
- PSYC 4176 Advanced Child Psychology
- PSYC 7688 Child Psychology Practicum
Matson, J. L. (2012). Functional assessment for challenging behaviors. New York: Springer.
Matson, J. L., & Sturmey, P. (2011). International handbook of autism and pervasive
developmental disorders. New York: Springer.
Matson, J.L. (2009). Practitioner's guide to applied behavior analysis for children
with autism spectrum disorders. New York: Springer.
Matson, J.L., Andrasik, F., & Matson, M.L. (2009). Assessing childhood psychopathology
and developmental disabilities. New York: Springer
Horovitz, M. & Matson, J. L. (2014). The Baby and Infant Screen for Children with
aUtIsm Traits- Part 1: Age-based scoring procedures. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 26, 1-22.
Sipes, M., & Matson, J. L. (2014). Factor structure for Autism Spectrum Disorders
with Toddlers using DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 636-647.
Matson, J. L., Adams, H. L., Williams, L. W., & Rieske, R. D. (2013). Why are there
so many unsubstantiated treatments in autism? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 466-474.
Matson, J. L., & Williams, L. (2013). Differential diagnosis and co-morbidity: Distinguishing
autism and other mental health issues.Neuropsychiatry, 3, 233-244.
Kozlowski, A. M., Matson, J. L., Horovitz, M., Worley, J. A., & Neal, D. (2011). Parents’
first concerns of their child’s development in toddlers with autism spectrum disorders. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 14, 72-78.
Matson, J. L., & Hess, J. (2011). Psychotropic drug effects for persons with autism
spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 230-236.
Matson, J. L., Wilkins, J., & Fodstad, J. C. (2011). The validity of the Baby and
Infant Screen for Children with aUtIsm Traits (BISCUIT Part 1). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 1139-1146.
Matson, J. L., Neal, D., Fodstad, J. C., Hess, J. A., Mahan, S., & Rivet, T. (2010).
Reliability and validity of the Matson Evaluation of Social Skills with Youngsters
(MESSY). Behavior Modification, 34, 539-558.
Matson, J. L. (1977). Simple correction for treating an autistic boy's encopresis.
Psychological Reports, 41, 802.
Editor-in-Chief, Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. New York, USA:
Associate Editor, Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
London, England: Taylor and Francis.
Past and Present Organizations and Awards
Consultant, ICD 11
American Psychological Association (Fellow)
Past President, Division 33—Mental Retardation
Executive Committee, Division 33—Child and Youth Services
American Psychological Society (Fellow)
American Association on Mental Retardation (Fellow)
President, American Association on Mental Retardation, Psychology Division
Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Board of Directors DSM-III Task Force
Career Research Award, National Association on Dual Diagnosis
Early Career Research Award, National Academy of Education
Best Book in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, American Association of Publishers
World Congress on Behavior Therapy—Key Note Speaker
20th Century Award, American Association on Mental Retardation