Mark O'Reilly

Mark O'Reilly

Professor and Chair

Special Education


Office & Hours:
Tuesday: 2-4pm faculty
Wednesday: 2-4pm faculty
Thursday: 12-3pm students




Courses of Instruction
CSED 388: Challenging Behavior and Developmental Disability

Mailing Address
Department of Special Education
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5300



Mark O’Reilly holds the Audrey Rogers Myers Centennial Professorship in Education and is Chair of the Department of Special Education.


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Representative Publications

I have published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books. Please find a selection below.

*Gevarter, C., O’Reilly, M., F., *Rojeski, L., *Sammarco, N., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., & *Lang, R. (2014). Comparing acquisition of AAC-based mands in three young children with autism spectrum disorder using iPad® applications with different display and design elements. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 44(10), 2464-2474.

*Gevarter, C., O’Reilly, M.F., *Kuhn, M., *Mills, K., *Ferguson, R., *Watkins, L., Sigafoos, J., *Lang, R., *Rojeski, L., Lancioni, G.E. (in press) Increasing the vocalizations of individuals with autism during speech generating device intervention. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

*Pierce, N., O’Reilly, M., Sorrells, A., *Fragale, C., *White, P., *Aguilar, J., & *Cole, H. (2014). Ethnicity reporting practices for empirical research in three autism-related journals. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 1507-1509.

Lancioni, G.E., Singh, N.N., O'Reilly, M.F., Sigafoos, J., D'Amico, F., Ferlisi, G., Denitto, F., De Vanna, F., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2015). Patients with moderate Alzheimer’s disease engage in verbal reminiscence with the support of a computer-aided program: A pilot study. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 7, 109. DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00109.

Lancioni, G.E., Singh, N.N., O'Reilly, M.F., Sigafoos, J., Perilli, V., Campodonico, F., Marchiani, P., & *Lang, R. (2015). Persons with multiple disabilities engage in stimulus choice and postural control with the support of a technology-aided program. Behavior Modification, 39, 454-471.

*Ledbetter-Cho, K., *Lang, R., *Davenport, K., Moore, M., Lee, A., Howell, A., Drew, C., Dawson, D., Charlop, M. H., Falcomata, T., & O'Reilly, M. (2015). Effects of script training on the peer-to-peer communication of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, online DOI: 10.1002/jaba.240

Roche, L., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G. E., O’Reilly, M. F., & Green, V. A. (2015). Microswitch technology for enabling self-determined responding in children with profound and multiple disabilities: A systematic review. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, DOI: 10.3109/07434618.2015.1024888

*Watkins, L., *Kuhn, M., *Ledbetter-Cho, K., *Gevarter, C., & O’Reilly, M. (inpress).Evidence-based social communication interventions for children with autism. Indian Journal of Pediatrics.

*Watkins, L., O'Reilly, M., *Kuhn, M., *Gevarter, C., Lancioni, G.E., Sigafoos, J., *Lang, R. (2015). A review of peer-mediated social interaction interventions for students with autism in inclusive settings. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(4), 1070-1083.

* Current, recent, and not so recent graduate students.

Research Interests and Expertise

Assessment and support of individuals with intellectual disabilities who exhibit challenging behavior. Social skill/communication interventions for children with ASD. Assistive technology for persons with profound multiple disabilities.

Boards, Committees and Associations

Board of Directors, Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (Former Vice President)

Board of Directors, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Former Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

Editorial Boards: Developmental Neurorehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education, Research in Developmental Disabilities