Shawn Gilroy, Assistant Professor

Shawn Gillroy226 Audubon
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-1477


Research Interests

My research interests include (1) the socialization and communication impairments demonstrated by individuals with disabilities (e.g., autism, intellectual disabilities), (2) the evaluation of Behavior Analytic intervention packages using randomized-controlled designs, and (3) exploring how models of decision-making and operant demand relate to caregiver decision-making (i.e., which treatments to implement and to what degree).

Aside from clinical research and service delivery, I develop and maintain numerous apps (i.e., speech-generating devices) used in clinical interventions and statistical packages (i.e., operant demand, delay discounting) used in clinical research. Everything I develop and research is released under free and open source licenses to support interventions in resource-strained settings, such as homes and schools. All projects, to date, are contained in my active GitHub repository.

My current projects include developing free and open source tools for use in communication interventions and in modeling caregiver decision-making. Per communication interventions, this project is dedicated to developing affordable and sustainable applications that can be used effectively by families and educators across environments. My projects related to caregiver decision-making are primarily statistical in nature, focusing on modeling how caregivers select interventions for their children and allocate their time and effort.


2018    Fellowship      Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow/National University of Ireland, Galway

2016    Postdoctoral    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/Kennedy Krieger Institute

2015    Predoctoral      University of Nebraska Medical Center/Munroe-Meyer Institute

2015    Ph.D.               School Psychology, Temple University

2010    Ed.S.               School Psychology, Rowan University

2008    M.A./CAGS    School Psychology/Behavior Analysis, Rowan University

2007    B.A.                 Psychology: Child Behavior Sciences, Rowan University

Professional Credentials

2017-Present               Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (1-09-5305)

2010-Present               Nationally Certified School Psychologist (39676)

2009-2017                   Board Certified Behavior Analyst (1-09-5305)


Representative Publications

Gilroy, S. P., McCleery, J. P., & Leader, G. (In Press). A community-based randomized-controlled trial of Speech Generating Devices and the Picture Exchange Communication System for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research.

Kaplan, B. A., Gilroy, S. P., Reed, D. D., Koffarnus, M. N., & Hursh, S. R. (2018). The R package beezdemand: Behavioral Economic Easy Demand. Perspectives on Behavior Science.

Gilroy, S. P., Kaplan, B. A., & Leader, G. (2018). A Systematic Review of Applied Behavioral Economics in Assessments and Treatments for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Gilroy, S. P., & Hantula, D. A. (2018). Discounting model selection with area-based measures: A case for numerical integration. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 109(2), 433-449.

Gilroy, S. P., McCleery, J. P., & Leader, G. (2017). Systematic Review of Methods for Teaching Social and Communicative Behavior with High-Tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication Modalities. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 4(4), 307-320.

Mathews, T., Vatland, C., Lugo, A., Koenig, E. & Gilroy, S. P. (2017). Training Peer Models to Promote Social Skills: Considerations for Practice. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Gilroy, S. P., Franck, C. T., & Hantula, D. A. (2017). The discounting model selector: Statistical software for delay discounting applications. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 107(3), 388-401.

Gilroy, S. P. & Hantula, D. A. (2016). Inherently Irrational?: A Computational Model of Escalation of Commitment as Bayesian Updating. Behavioural Processes, 114(1), 43-51.

Gilroy, S. P., Lorah, E., Dodge, J., & Fiorello, C. (2015). Establishing Deictic Repertoires in Autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 19, 82-92.