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California State University Fullerton
Center for Autism Applied Developmental Core

Core Research Findings

Core Publications:

Fenning, R.M., Baker, J.K., Baucom, B.R., Erath, S.A., Howland, M.A., & Moffitt, J. (2017). Electrodermal activity and symptom severity in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Online ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-3021-0

McDonald, N., Baker, J.K , & Messinger, D.S. (2016). Oxytocin and parent-child interaction in the development of empathy among children at risk for autism. Developmental Psychology, 52, 735-745. doi: 10.1037/dev0000104.

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Howland, M.A., Baucom, B., Moffitt, J.M., & Erath, S.A. (2015). Brief report: A pilot study of parent-child biobehavioral synchrony in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 4140-4146

Messinger, D. Duvivier, L.L., Warren, Z., Mahoor, M., Baker, J., Warlamount, A., & Ruvolo, P. (2014). Affective computing, emotional development, and autism. In R. Calvo, S. D’Mello, J. Gratch, and A. Kappas (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing. Oxford University Press.

Fenning, R.M., Baker, J.K., Baker, B.L., & Crnic, K.A. (2014). Parent-child interaction over time in families of young children with borderline intellectual functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 326-353. doi: 10.1037/a0036537

Core Presentations:

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Moffitt, J.M., & Bailey, A. (2016, August). Arousal reactivity, regulation, and behavior problems in children with ASD. In J. Baker (Chair), Physiological reactivity and individual differences in autism spectrum disorder. Symposium presented at the 2016 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA). Denver, CO.

Fenning, R.M., Baker, J.K., Baucom, B., & Moffitt, J. (2016, August). Electrodermal variability and Symptom severity in children with ASD. In J. Baker (Chair), Physiological reactivity and individual differences in autism spectrum disorder. Symposium presented at the 2016 Convention for the American Psychological Association (APA). Denver, CO.

Bailey, A., Moffitt, J., Baker, J.K., & Fenning, R.M. (2016, April). Exposure to interparental conflict and behavior problems in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2016 meeting for the Western Psychological Association (WPA).

Moffitt, J., Baker, J.K., & Fenning, R.M. (2016, April). Emotion regulation and child factors in ASD: Considering contextual variation. Poster presented at the 2016 meeting of the Western Psychological Association (WPA).

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., & Moffitt, J. (2016, March). Parent support buffers psychophysiological risk for externalizing problems in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2016 Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. San Diego, CA.

Benedicto, S., Fenning, R.M., & Baker, J.K. (2015, August). Observational measure of restrictive and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the 2015 Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Toronto, CAN.
(E-copy of Benedicto, Fenning & Baker Poster)

Moffitt, J., Rodriguez, A., Baker, J.K., & Fenning, R.M. (2015, August). Emotion regulation in children with autism and children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the 2015 Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Toronto, CAN.
(E-copy of Moffitt, Rodriguez, Baker & Fenning Poster)

Fenning, R.M., Baker, J.K., Erath, S.A., Howland, M., & Moffitt, J. (2015, April). Electrodermal activity, autism symptoms, and emotion regulation in children with ASD. In J. Baker (Chair), Innovative Frameworks for the Study of Children with ASD. Symposium presented at the 2015 Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. New Orleans, LA.

Baker, J.K., Benedicto, S., Fenning, R.M., & Howland, M.A. (2014, November). Repetitive behaviors and parent-child biobehavioral synchrony in families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the 2014 SRCD Special Topic Meeting on Parenting at-Risk. San Diego, CA.
(E-copy of Baker, Benedicto, Fenning & Howland Poster)

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Howland, M., Murakami, C., Moffitt, J., & Rodriguez, A. (August, 2014) Electrodermal activity and behavioral functioning in children with ASD. Poster presented at the 2014 Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA). Washington, D.C.
(E-copy of Baker, Fenning, Howland, Murakami, Moffitt & Rodriguez Poster)

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Howland, M., & Murakami, C. (2014, March). I second that emotion: Concordance and synchrony in physiological arousal between children with ASD and their parents. In A. Esbensen (Chair), Expanding research on family environment: How, who, and when to measure. Symposium presented at the 47th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Chicago, IL.

Fenning, R. M., Conforti, H., Henderson, H., Mohapatra, L., & McDonald, N. (2013, August). Extension of an observational social-cognitive measure to children with autism. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention, Honolulu, HI.
(E-copy of Fenning, Conforti, Henderson, Mohapatra & McDonald Poster).

Baker, J.K., Fenning, R.M., Conforti, H., Murakami, C., Meussner, H., & Howland, M. (2013, August). Correlates of rule violation in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Poster Presented at the 2013 Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
(E-copy of Baker, Fenning, Conforti, Murakami, Meussner, & Howland Poster).

McDonald, N., Baker, J.K., & Messinger, D. (2013, April). The influence of OXTR and parent-child interaction on empathy in children at risk for ASD. Paper presented at the 2013 Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Seattle, WA.

Previous Studies of Core Faculty Published in the Area of Autism and Developmental Disabilities:

Baker, B. L., Neece, C., Fenning, R. M., Blacher, J., & Crnic, K. A. (2010). Mental disorders in five-year-old children with or without developmental delays: Focus on ADHD. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 492-505. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2010.486321

Baker, J.K. & Crnic, K.A. (2009). Thinking about feelings: Emotion focus in the parenting of children with early developmental risk. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 53, 450-462.

Baker J. K., Fenning, R. M., Crnic, K. A., Baker, B. L., & Blacher, J. (2007). Prediction of social skills in 6-year- old children with and without developmental delays: Contributions of early regulation and maternal scaffolding. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 112, 375-391.

Baker, J.K., Haltigan, J.D., Brewster, R., Jaccard, J., & Messinger, D.S. (2010). Non-expert ratings of infant and parent emotion: Concordance with expert coding and relevance to early autism risk. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 88-95.

Baker, J. K., Messinger, D.S., Lyons, K.K., & Grantz, C. J. (2010). A pilot study of maternal sensitivity in the context of emergent autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 988-999.

Baker, J.K., Seltzer, M.M., & Greenberg, J. (2012). Behaviour problems, maternal internalising symptoms, and family relations in families of adolescents and adults with Fragile X syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Online publication ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/j.1365- 2788.2012.01580.x

Baker, J.K., Seltzer, M.M., & Greenberg, J.S. (2011). Longitudinal effects of adaptability on behavior problems and maternal depression in families of adolescents with autism. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 601-609. doi 10.1037/a0024409

Baker, J.K., Smith, L.E., Greenberg, J.S, Seltzer, M.M., & Taylor, J.L. (2011). Change in maternal criticism and behavior problems in adolescents and adults with autism across a seven-year period. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 465-475.

Blacher, J. & Fenning, R. M. (2004). Asperger’s Syndrome. Fast Facts—Psychiatry Highlights, 2003-2004. Oxford, UK: Health Press.

Fenning, R.M., Baker, B.L., & Juvonen, J. (2011). Emotion discourse, social cognition, and social-skill outcomes in children with and without developmental delays. Child Development, 82, 717-731. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01569.x

Fenning, R.M., & Baker, J.K. (2012). Mother-child interaction and resilience in children with early developmental risk. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 411-420.

Fenning, R.M., Baker, J. K., Baker, B. L., & Crnic, K. A. (2007). Parenting children with borderline intellectual functioning: A unique risk population. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 112, 107- 121.

Hartley, S., Barker, E., Baker, J.K., Seltzer, M.M., & Greenberg, J. (2012). Marital satisfaction and life circumstances of grown children with autism across 7 years. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 688-697. 688-697. doi: 10.1037/a0029354.

Greenberg, J., Seltzer, M.M., Baker, J.K., Smith, L., Hong, J., Warren, S., & Brady, N. (2012). Family environment and behavior problems in children, adolescents, and adults with FXS. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 117, 331-346. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-117.4.331.