Bio and Training

Dr. Shawn Gilroy earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology at Temple University. He completed a predoctoral internship in Behavioral Pediatrics and Integrated at the Munroe-Meyer Institute (University of Nebraska Medical Center) and a postdoctoral internship in Severe Behavior Management at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine). Prior to his work at LSU, he completed a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellowship to develop and evaluate technology for improving socialization and communication for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (National University of Ireland-Galway).

Dr. Gilroy works as both a School Psychologist (NCSP) and a Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). The majority of his work focuses on developmental and behavioral disorders such as autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. His research focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based practices and how evidence influences (or rather, may not influence) their use (i.e., the use of 'fad' and pseudoscientific alternatives).

Apart from work as a School Psychologist and Behavior Analyst, Dr. Gilroy develops and maintains Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) to support the use of evidence-based practices. For example, Dr. Gilroy's research has led to the development of the F/OSS app 'FastTalker'--an app that supports individuals with autism in better communicating their wants and needs. Part of his research involves developing novel forms of technology and evaluating whether these support the use of evidence-based practices (e.g., evidence-based app development and evaluation).

Research and Focus

Research in Dr. Gilroy's lab includes a combination of single-case (i.e., visual analysis) and group research methods (e.g., randomized controlled trials). Students in the lab often develop and evaluate their initial research protocols using single-case research designs and then scale those projects to questions that are evaluated using pilot research trials. The lab frequently collaborates with domestic and international partners in the public and private sectors to answer questions related to behavioral health outcomes (e.g., response to Behavior Analytic intervention). For information on current areas of research, please refer to the Research section.


Phone: 225-578-4101
Office: 226 Audubon Hall
Lab: 118 Audubon Hall
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