Courtney Jorgenson Bernardin

Courtney Jorgenson Bernardin
University of Missouri | Mizzou · Department of Psychological Sciences

PhD Special Education

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Education
August 2019 - July 2021
University of Missouri
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2015 - May 2019
University of Missouri
Field of study
  • Special Education

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Publications (10)
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Camouflaging is a process through which individuals mask autistic traits. Studies suggest autistic females may camouflage more than autistic males. However, research has focused on adults and includes few comparisons between autistic and neurotypical individuals. This study compared levels of camouflaging by sex and diagnosis in autistic and neurot...
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Special interests (SIs) are part of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Though they can have both positive and negative effects on functioning and long-term outcomes, research on SIs is limited. This pilot study used a newly developed parent-report measure, the Special Interest Survey, to characterize SIs in 1992 children wi...
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Camouflaging includes strategies used by individuals to mask or hide autistic traits. Research has shown that both autistic and neurotypical individuals engage in camouflaging and that there may be sex differences in the reasons for camouflaging in autistic adults. The purpose of this qualitative study was to extend previous research on the lived e...
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Lay abstract: Autistic individuals have more mental health difficulties than non-autistic individuals. It is important to understand why this might be. Research has shown that camouflaging, or strategies used to hide autistic traits, might contribute to mental health difficulties in autistic adults. We examined whether this was also the case for a...
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Despite the prevalence of special interests (SIs) in autistic youth, research on SIs and how they are characterized is limited. Indeed, a significant challenge in identifying and classifying SIs lies in capturing the vast and diverse scope of potential interests in this population. The recently developed Special Interest Survey (SIS) is a caregiver...
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Student problem behavior continues to significantly impact student academic, social, and emotional functional in school and post-school. Positive behavior support (PBS) focuses on identifying and teaching prosocial behavior and providing environmental supports to increase the likelihood that students will fluently use prosocial skills across school...
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate preference for and reinforcing efficacy of a therapy dog to increase verbal statements across different contingencies. Five children with autism spectrum disorder ages 3-8 years participated. Alternating treatments and reversal designs were used to compare conditions in which (a) a therapy dog was not prese...
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Self-Injurious Behavior in Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Current Practices in Assessment and Treatment
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Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is a behavior which produces physical injury to the individual’s own body. Common forms of SIB include, but are not limited to, head banging, biting, scratching, skin picking, hair pulling, pinching, and eye gouging. Among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), there is a higher prevalence...

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The purpose of this project is to extend previous research on camouflaging in autism and potential related sex differences. Participants are neurotypical adolescents and adolescents on the autism spectrum. We will explore sex differences and differences between groups on measures of camouflaging, autism traits, and internalizing symptomology.
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Evaluate the efficacy of animal-assisted social skills interventions for children with autism