Ronald J. Clark, a graduate student from Colchester, Connecticut, who is studying behavior analysis at Florida Tech, was recently awarded a Graduate Research Grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
The $1,500 award is intended to help fund graduate students in conducting or presenting their research. The award is presented to 10 students across academic disciplines who are active Phi Kappa Phi members, allowing them to travel and further their studies.
Currently working as a graduate research assistant for Chris Podlesnik as well as a feeding case manager at Florida Tech’s Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Clark has begun to narrow his studies in order to complete his thesis. His thesis is titled, “Training Caregivers to Implement a Structured Meal Protocol to Decrease Food Selectivity Among Young Children with Autism.” His main research interests include the assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders and severe problem behavior, as well as the investigation of the role and mitigation of relapse within problem behavior treatment.
Clark says he plans to use his award to attend the 45th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis convention in May in Chicago, where he will present his research and have the opportunity to chair a professional development series panel. The panel will be for student association members who are debating whether to pursue a Ph.D. or begin their career.