David Cosottile, PhD

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David Cosottile, PhD

Lecturer, Applied Behavior Analysis, College of Education, Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Dr. David Cosottile, PhD, BCBA-D, is a Lecturer in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences department. Dr. Cosottile received his PhD in Behavior Analysis under Dr. Anthony DeFulio at Western Michigan University. Dr. Cosottile received further postdoctoral training under Dr. Stephanie Gerow at Baylor University.

Dr. Cosottile started his professional work in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through an internship at the Center for Learning and Health (CLH). The researchers at CLH evaluate the use of contingency management to treat people with substance use disorders and medication adherence problems. Dr. Cosottile went on to gain further expertise in ABA, implementing Early Intensive Behavioral Interventions (EIBI) with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), designing problem behavior reduction plans for adults with developmental disabilities, and training parents to implement behavior plans for adolescents with ASD. Dr. Cosottile has published in journals such as Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and Preventive Medicine Reports. Dr. Cosottile has previously taught and supervised master’s and doctoral students in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University, Baylor University, and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Cosottile is a core faculty member in the Applied Behavior Analysis program. Dr. Cosottile’s maintains a broad interest in the treatment of health behavior using ABA, including sleep problems, substance use disorder, and medication adherence. He is also interested in the determinants of risky choice and how to influence them.