Karola Dillenburger is Professor of Behaviour Analysis and Education and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis at the School of Social Science, Education and Social Work at Queens University Belfast. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and clinical Psychologist (HCPC) and has worked extensively in child care, education, and therapeutic settings. Prof Dillenburger is the Course Director of the MSc in Autism Spectrum Disorders (MScASD), led the development of the MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis (MScABA), and supervises Masters and Doctoral Research Students. 

Her research focuses on evidence-based intervention for vulnerable children, including those diagnosed with autism, behavioural parent training, and parenting across the lifespan, including life-skills training, futures planning and employment support, and child and adult mental health. Professor Dillenburger has published widely, including eight books and one ibook, five multimedia training resources on DVDs and CD-ROMs, and nearly 100 academic peer-reviewed papers. She frequently delivers national  and international keynote addresses in USA, India, Europe, and Australia. Centre for Behaviour Analysis – www.qub.ac.uk/cba

Abstract of her presentation at the ABA International Conference 2020.

Aspirations for adulthood: Autism, family, and society

This presentation will be held in English.


The prevalence of autism is rising, and knowledge is increasing about evidence-based interventions to support development in young children with autism. In the meantime, little is known about issues that affect adults on the spectrum. In this presentation, I will describe issues that affect adults with autism across the whole spectrum, from those who are able to advocate for themselves to those who require very significant support throughout their lives. I will discuss the key issues, such as relationships, employment, and futures planning and report on research into evidence-based interventions, including advocacy, life-skills training and job coaching.


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