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Ann X. Huang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Counseling, Psychology and Special Education

110B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1599

Education:

Ph.D., Applied Behavioral Analysis, Tennessee Technological University, 2007
Expertise
  • Assessments and education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), particularly high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome.
  • Behavioral modification and instructional strategies for students with behavioral and learning difficulties based on Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports.
  • Person-centered transition planning from school to work/college for adolescents and young adults with disabilities, particularly ASD.
  • Social skills and life/daily functioning skills training for students with disabilities, particularly ASD.
  • Self-determination and quality of life improvement for individuals with disabilities.
Grants/Contracts

Huang, A.X. (2008, Feb). Transition to community-based employment for adolescents or adults with autism spectrum disorders (Feb 2008 to Mar 2009). Funded byPennsylvania: Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Services ($150,000) (Principal Investigator).

Huang, A.X. (2008, Mar). Improving quality of life outcomes for adolescents with autism and Asperger syndrome through person-centered transition planning: A pilot study (May 2008 to Apri 2009). Funded by: Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund,Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ($10,000) (Principal Investigator).

Huang, A.X. (2009, May). Self-understanding in adolescents with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome. Funded by Presidential Scholarship Award Grant ($5,000), Duquesne University, May 2009

Huang, A.X. (2010, Mar). Improving quality of life through person-centered planning: A university-based transition program for youth with ASDs (Mar 2010 to Mar 2011). Funded by Autism Speaks ($25,000) (Principal Investigator).

Huang, A.X. (2010, Aug; 2011, Aug). Improving quality of life through person-centered transition planning for youth with ASDs: A university-based consultation model (Aug 2010 to Jun 2011; Aug 2011 to Jun 2012). Funded by The ALCOA Foundation ($20,000 +$ 20,000) (Principal Investigator).

Hughes, T., & Huang, A.X. (2011, Sept). Project Juvenile Justice Deterrent. Funded by PennsylvaniaWestern Region ASERT Programs, Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Services ($120, 000). (Co-Principal Investigator)


Publications

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2006). High-functioning autism: An overview of characteristics and related issues. International Journal of Special Education, 21(2), 109-123.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2006). Effective interventions for individuals with high-functioning autism. International Journal of Special Education, 21(3), 165-175.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2007). Including children with autism in general education classrooms in mainland China [Special issue]. Childhood Education, 83, 356-360.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2007). Promoting the development of educational programs for children with autism in Southeast Asian countries. International Journal of Special Education, 22(3), 78-88.

Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M.R., Carter, S.L., Chitiyo, M., Menendez, A.L., & Huang, A. (2009). An assessment of treatment integrity in behavioral intervention studies conducted with persons with Mental Retardation. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44(2), 187-195.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (in press). Pursuing a diagnosis for children with Asperger syndrome: Parents' perspectives. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Huang, A.X., Jia, M.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (in press). Children with autism in the People's Republic of China: Diagnosis, legal issues and educational services. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Walters, J. R., Hughes, T. L., Sutton, L. R., Marshall, S. N., Crothers, L. M., Lehman, C., Paserba, D., Talkington, V., Taormina, R., & Huang, A.X. (in press). The occurrence of maltreatment and depression among adjudicated adolescent sexual offenders with and without an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.

Wheeler, J.J., Huang, A.X., & Zhang, J. (Accepted). Improving quality of life outcomes for young adults with ASD and their families through effective person-centered planning. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin.


Presentations

Huang, A.X., Wheeler, J.J., Richey, D., & Zhang, J. (2005). Promoting the development of intervention for children with autism in Southeast Asian countries. Paper presented at the ABAI (Association for Behavior Analysis International)'s 3rd International Conference held in Beijing, P.R. China, Nov 25-27, 2005.

Zhang, J., Wheeler, J.J., Huang, A.X., & Pang, Y. (2005). The possibility of positive behavior support in early childhood education in China. Paper presented at the ABAI's 3rd International Conference Beijing, P.R. China, Nov 25-27, 2005.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2007). Teaching nonverbal social communication skills to a child with Asperger Syndrome. Poster presented at the 10th International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Developmental Disabilities (CEC-DDD) held in Kona, Hawaii, Jan 31st-Feb 2rd, 2007.

Wheeler, J.J., Huang, A.X., Helm, R.B., & Zhang, J. (2007). Understanding the role of instructional antecedents in promoting optimal responding in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the CEC-DDD's 10th International Conference held in Kona, Hawaii, Jan 31st-Feb 2rd, 2007.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2007). Teaching emotion recognition to a child with Asperger Syndrome. Poster presented at the ABAI's 1st Autism Conference: Progress and challenges in the behavior treatment of autism held in Boston, MA, Feb2nd-4th, 2007.

Huang, A.X., Jia, M.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2007). Children with autism in the People's Republic of China: Diagnosis, legal issues and educational services. Paper presented at the ABAI-s 33rd Annual Convention held in San Diego, CA, May 25-29, 2007.

Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M., Huang, A., Carter, S.L., Chitiyo, M., Menendez, A.L., & et al. (2007). An assessment of treatment integrity in Applied Behavior Analysis studies conducted with persons with Mental Retardation. Poster presented at the ABAI's 33rd Annual Convention held in San Diego, CA, May 25-29, 2007.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2008). Pursuing a diagnosis for children with Asperger syndrome: Parents' perspectives. Poster presented at the 2008 ABAI's 2nd Autism Conference held in Atlanta, GA, Feb 8-10, 2008.

Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M., Huang, A.X., Menendez, A., Chitiyo, M., Stacy, C., et al. (2008). A representation of treatment integrity in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Poster presented at the 5th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support (PBS) held in Chicago, IL, Mar 27-29, 2008.

Huang, A.X., & Wheeler, J.J. (2008). Self-awareness in adolescents with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome. Paper presented at the ABAI's 34th Annual Convention held in Chicago, IL, May 23-27, 2008.

Huang, A.X., Wheeler, J.J., & Zhang, J. (2009). Person-centred transition planning for individuals with ASD: A pilot study. Poster presented at the 2009 ABAI's 35th Annual Convention held in Phoenix, AZ, May 22-26, 2009.

Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M., Huang, A.X., Menendez, A., & Zhang, J. (2009). Evidence-based practices in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presented at the CEC's 2009 Annual Convention & Expo held in Seattle, WA, April 1-4, 2009.

Zhang, J., Wheeler, J.J., & Huang, A.X. (2009). Mercury and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the 2009 NAEYC Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C., November 18-21, 2009.

Huang, A.X., & McMillen, D. (2010). Improving quality of life through person-centered planning: A university-based transition program for youth with ASDs. Poster presented at CEC's 2010 Annual Convention & Expo held in Nashville, TN, May 22-26, 2009.

Huang, A.X. (2010). Chinese American families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Service and educational needs. Poster presentation presented at the ABAI's 36th Annual Convention held in San Antonio, Texas, May 28 to Jun 1st, 2010.

Huang, A.X., Hughes, T., Sutton, L., & Lovelace, T. (2011). Individuals with autism in the criminal justice system. Poster presentation presented at the ABAI's 37th Annual Convention held in Denver, CO, May 27 to Jun 2nd, 2011.

Huang, A.X., Hughes, T., Mayton, M., Zhang, J., & Wheeler, J.J. (2012). A survey of special education teachers' perceptions of their transition competencies involving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the CEC-DADD's 13th International Conference held in Miami Beach, Florida, Jan 18 - 20, 2012.

Zhang, J., Mayton, M., Wheeler, J.J., Huang, A.X., & Dobosz, E.R. (2012). A meta-analysis of video modeling interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the CEC-DADD's 13th International Conference held in Miami Beach, Florida, Jan 18 - 20, 2012.

Mayton, M., Zhang, J., Wheeler, J.J., Huang, A.X., & Dobosz, E.R. (2012). Intrusiveness of behavioral treatments for children with autism and developmental disabilities. Poster presented at the CEC-DADD's 13th International Conference held in Miami Beach, Florida, Jan 18 - 20, 2012.

Wheeler, J.J., Mayton, M., Zhang, J., & Huang, A.X. (2012). Enhancing treatment fidelity within underserved classroom settings to children with autism and developmental disabilities. Poster presented at the CEC-DADD's 13th International Conference held in Miami Beach, Florida, Jan 18 - 20, 2012.

Marshall, S. N., Yeldell, S., Brown, S., Hughes, T. L., Sutton, L. R., & Huang, A. X. (2012). Determining the presence of Depression and Anxiety symptoms for youth with autism: Comparing those with and without a sexual offense history. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists held in Philadelphia, PA, Feb 2012.

Moschos, S.L., Pask, E.A., Hughes, T.L., Durand, V.A., Lawrence, M., Sutton, L.A., & Huang, A.X. (2012). Examining sleep problems with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists held in Philadelphia, PA, Feb 2012.


Professional Affiliations
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Autism Society of America (ASA)
  • Autism Spectrum Supports Network in Pittsburgh, PA (ASSN)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Southwestern PA ASD College Advisory Committee